World Wide Wednesday – September 4, 2013

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

  • Four-Part Video Series: Trauma and Behavior — The Family and Children’s Resource Program at The University of North Carolina developed a 4-part video series on trauma and behavior. In the series, educational specialist Laura Phipps describes the many effects of trauma on the brain, and what this often looks like in terms of children’s behavior; explains the importance of building a positive, trusting relationship as the foundation for changing any behavior; and provides suggestions and encouragement for parents and caregivers struggling with serious behavior problems.
  • Preparing and Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt — Foster parents are the most important source of adoptive families for children in the child welfare system. In order to facilitate these types of adoption, professionals should be knowledgeable about the benefits, costs, and practice implications. This bulletin for professionals discusses the ways that professionals can help foster parents before, during, and after they adopt in order to ensure that the child and family experience a successful adoption outcome.
  • The Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) launched a compelling media campaign to help find families for older children and youth in foster care. The state’s lieutenant governor, who recently adopted from care, narrates a wonderful documentary explaining the campaign.
  • View the webinar recording of Finding What Works: Helping Young Adults Transition into Adulthood from SPARC.

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