If you google the following question: How many pages are there on the internet?, you’ll get an answer along the lines of, “somewhere between a trillion and no one really knows for sure.” Now, websites focusing on foster care and adoption surely don’t total one trillion, but we know that there are a lot of them out there. And if you’re searching for some information – be it widely-known information or something more obscure – the list of sites that turn up on a general search can be daunting. Certainly, I encourage you to check out our family of websites (www.wiadopt.org, www.wifostercareandadoption.org, www.wiadoptioninfocenter.org, www.fosterparentsrock.org) but there is so much more information out there. What’s credible? What’s reliable? Who can you trust?
Enter World Wide Wednesday.
Each week, I’ll put together some links, resources, and bits of information that may be helpful to you. You’ll know that the information provided in these posts is from trusted sources – just like the resources and information from our own family of websites.
- The North American Council on Adoptable Children (perhaps better known as NACAC) has scheduled another webinar on the adoption tax credit—on April 9 at 1 pm central time (11 am pacific, noon mountain, 2 pm eastern). Fees for the webinar are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. During the webinar, participants will learn the steps they need to take to file for the U.S. federal adoption tax credit. The focus will be on filing for 2012, but will also cover applying for the credit for adoptions as far back as 2005 for those who haven’t done so yet.
- This video from the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them.
- Dr. John DeGarmo discusses grief and loss for foster parents in his April blog.
- Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are conducting a survey regarding the needs of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families.The goal is to learn what contributes to positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. The survey is open to parents from across North America, and the researchers want to hear from as many families as possible—both those who are experiencing challenges as well as those who are not. Complete the survey
- Lehigh University is asking for input from individuals who identify as a member of a racial minority group, have been transracially adopted by white parents or a single white parent, currently live in North America, and are 18 years of age or older. The study is designed to explore the life experiences and well-being of racial minority individuals who have been transracially adopted by white parents. The researchers’ goal is to contribute to the understanding of the experiences of adopted persons raised by parents with different racial backgrounds and experiences from their own. Complete the survey
- Foster adoptive mom, Niki Moore, shares a blog post about what foster kids truly need.
Please share the links, posts, blogs, and resources you’ve found helpful in the comments!