World Wide Wednesday – July 31, 2013

It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:

  • Adoption at the Movies reviews “The Great Gatsby.”
  • In this video, Megan Massey shares how her life changed when she and her husband decided to become foster parents. “We had to learn how to meet our own needs as a couple as well as the needs of a child.”
  • Working with Incarcerated Parents and their Children to Achieve Positive Outcomes – Archived NRCPFC Webinar
    This webinar featured presentations from Iowa and New York, which addressed child welfare system collaborations with Departments of Corrections (DOC). Iowa presented information about engaging incarcerated parents at the state level and at the local level through the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility Project. Iowa discussed issues of training, barriers, and lessons learned regarding the local pilot child welfare system-DOC collaboration, as well as the State-level DHS-DOC collaboration undertaken as part of Iowa’s Program Improvement Plan implementation. New York, in partnership with The Osborne Association’s New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, presented on achieving permanency and well-being for children of incarcerated parents. New York presenters discussed the importance of visiting and maintaining relationships to achieving permanency and well-being for children/youth in foster care with incarcerated parents, and shared information about televisiting as one strategy for maintaining connections, as well as the role of kinship caregivers and foster parents as critical partners. The NY presentation provided information about Office of Children and Family Services collaboration with the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, as well as NY Chapter 113 of the laws of 2010, which highlights discretion when considering termination of parental rights and other issues related to incarcerated parents and parents in residential substance abuse treatment with children in foster care. (June 2013)
  • The Pathways Research and Training Center at Portland State University created this special issue of Focal Point on best practices for helping youth and young adults with mental health challenges reach their educational and employment goals, by highlighting preliminary results from some of our research at Pathways to Positive Futures as well as some of the work being done at the Transitions RTC at the University of Massachusetts. Included is an article entitled, “Better Futures: Helping Young People in Foster Care With Mental Health Challenges Prepare for and Participate in Higher Education.”

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