World Wide Wednesday – August 21, 2013

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

  • Stepparent adoption is governed by State law. Most States make the adoption process a little easier for stepparents, but requirements for home studies, criminal background checks, and procedures for obtaining consent of the noncustodial parent vary widely by State. This factsheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway offers general information about legal issues to consider and steps to take when adopting a stepchild.
  • The Adoption at the Movies blog checks out Despicable Me 2 – Gru as a Surprisingly Good Adoptive Dad.
  • Stories from LGBTQ Youth in Care – Various LGBTQ youth share their personal stories about their identities, backgrounds, and families, in Represent Magazine.
  • The Success Beyond 18 campaign isn’t just about engaging states in sustainable reforms for youth aging out of foster care: it’s also about engaging the youth themselves in that process. Two of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s Youth Fellows —- youth in or alumni of the foster care system who advise the campaign on best approaches to reforms —- shared their stories:

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