We’re still digging out from under Winter Storm Rocky here in Southeastern Wisconsin – only this digging out isn’t snow; it’s email! Our offices were closed yesterday and my in-box was overflowing this morning with a plethora of resources, links, posts, and news items. Here’s the scoop:
- I have two offerings from Addison Cooper at Adoption at the Movies. The first is a review of the children’s book, The Red Thread, An Adoption Fairy Tale.
- The second is about the movie Monsters, Inc. Addison always does such a great job with his posts. Strong points, week points, and questions for discussion. Certainly worth reading and following.
- Next, a couple of posts from Adoption Magazine. First, a great list of books for those who are or have adopted an older child. (Many of the books lists are available in our lending library, as well.)
- The second post is a list of seven Awesome Adoption links – good reads, all.
- There’s an article in the latest News from NACAC e-mail about eating issues that children and youth who have been adopted or are in foster care can face. You can read it here – Healing from Food Insecurity: Beyond the Stash.
- Finally, a very nice video by Betsy DuKatz on the Kid Hero blog about why she became a foster parent.
That should get you all caught up for now – have you come across some good reads lately? Share what you’ve posted or read in our comments!
We’ve just added some new items to our lending library! Here’s what is now available for checkout:
- Help for Billy: A Beyond Consequences Approaching to Helping Challenging Children in the Classroom by Heather Forbes brings a compassionate voice to the thousands of children who attend every school in America who have been impacted by trauma, and the significant disadvantage that stress has on brain development. Heather clearly lays out the brain research and shows that we are trying to force square pegs into round holes.
- Chaos to Healing. While many resources provide excellent theory on therapeutic parenting, many people still find themselves floundering day-to-day as they interact with their hurting children. Billy Kaplan, a Clinical Social Worker, and Christine Moers, a therapeutic parent, sat down one day to talk about some very practical ways to implement therapeutic parenting every day. They recorded that conversation, and invite you to listen in. (DVD)
- In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You To Know About Adoption. One adoption social worker called In On It “the adoption book for everyone else:” the grandparents and friends, neighbors and colleagues, aunts and uncles, teachers and caregivers of adoptive families. In On It contains helpful advice and instructive anecdotes from adoptive parents, adult adoptees, adoption professionals, and the friends and relatives of already established adoptive families. The author, an adoptive parent herself, has written an informative, friendly and very useful adoption guide that informs and enlightens readers even as it offers them a warm welcome into adoption.
- Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way shares 100 different memories of growing up LGBTQ. Childhood photographs are accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940’s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance.
- I’m Adopted, I’m Special. Beth Ann is five years old and she is adopted. But what does being adopted really mean? Join Beth Ann as her colorful dream leads her to a better understanding of what adoption means in one simple message. (Children’s book)
- Somewhere Between. In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, this deeply moving documentary from Linda Goldstein Knowlton (The World According to Sesame Street) illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989 a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, “Who am I?” They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts. (DVD)
A Day in the Life at ARW
Last fall, we surveyed a segment of our readers, supporters, customers, and clients about a few key topics and issues. One of the pieces of feedback that we heard a lot was that many of you don’t quite know about all of the programs and services that we have here at ARW. You aren’t familiar with all of our resources, all of our supports, and everything that we can do to help and support you and your family throughout your journey of foster care or adoption.
That’s why we’re decided to focus our first newsletter of 2013 on this topic. Hopefully, this newsletter will give you a more in-depth look at just what it is we do here at ARW. But, remember: we love hearing from you! So if you have questions, need more resources or information, or just need someone to talk to about your journey, get in touch with us any time!
Great post. For those interested in learning more about life books, Adoption Resources of Wisconsin is having a training (available in person in Milwaukee, WI, or via webinar) about this topic on February 12. There’s more info here: http://lifebooks.eventbrite.com/.
Thanks for the wonderful post about why lifebooks are so very important!