- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recently updated the Resources for Parents and Caregivers section of their website. In this section, parents and caregivers can find definitions of trauma, traumatic events, and traumatic stress; information on understanding trauma, including risk factors for developing child traumatic stress, and signs and symptoms of traumatic stress; as well as suggestions for supporting children in coping with traumatic stress. Advice on where to find help, information on treatments, and links to additional resources are also provided.
- Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care: This PowerPoint presentation by Tracy Serdjenian, LMSW, Director of Information Services, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), provides foundational knowledge about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth, as well as strategies for working with LGBTQ youth in foster care and their birth families and foster families. The section on foundational knowledge addresses the importance of competence in working with LGBTQ youth, affirming language, experiences of LGBTQ youth, and coming out. The second section provides information on LGBTQ youth in foster care, approaches to working with birth families of LGBTQ youth, tips for child welfare professionals, and tips for foster parents. It was presented at the Wisconsin Annual Statewide Foster Care Coordinators Conference in September 2013. During the conference presentation on Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care, several questions and scenarios were raised by session participants. This NRCPFC document summarizes several issues raised and provides relevant information, suggestions, and resources.
- Connected by 25: A Plan for Investing in the Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being of Older Youth in Foster Care
- Teenager Asks for an Adoptive Family: In a touching story, a 15-year-old from Florida stood up before a church congregation and asked for a family of his own. Since Davion Only’s public appeal, the church has received many calls from people interested in providing the young man with a home. We truly hope that stories like these will encourage others to step forward and open their homes and hearts to the thousands of other teenagers who also need a family.
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