World Wide Wednesday – October 16, 2013

174337705It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:

  • The Internet and social media are changing the way adoption occurs throughout the world, yet we know little about the way social media and other elements of this modern technology affect the millions of people for whom adoption is part of everyday life. The Donaldson Adoption Institute has embarked on a new study seeking information from adopted persons, adoptive parents, parents who have placed children for adoption, and adoption professionals about their adoption-related use of the Internet and social media. This research is a follow-up to our 2012 report, Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption. To participate in the survey, please click here.
  • This Child Welfare Information Gateway factsheet discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can education themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help.
  • The Role of Social Media in Adoption – Smartphones and social media are revolutionizing the ways in which social workers, clients, and prospective parents connect and communicate with one another. Texting, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and YouTube are just some of the outlets changing how expectant parents learn about the option of adoption and seek support.
  • Lifebooks Help Kids Heal, One Page at a Time – Similar to a scrapbook in that it celebrates a child’s life through photos, drawings and memories, a Lifebook goes far beyond that by including journal pages that help a child understand what is often a complicated — and sometimes traumatic — life by guiding the child in exploring his or her thoughts and feelings.

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