World Wide Wednesday – December 25, 2013

174337705Before we get into sharing links that you may find helpful for yourself, your friends, or your family, let us first take a moment to wish all of you who celebrate the Christmas holiday a very Merry Christmas! All of us at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families send warm holiday wishes to you all – no matter what holiday(s) you and your family celebrate. Now, on to the links!

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

  • Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and “Re-homing” – A chilling story has been getting considerable attention in the news during recent weeks: Adoptive parents around the U.S., feeling unable to cope with the severity of their children’s problems, are using the Internet to informally move them into new families — without any professional guidance, support, monitoring, supervision or regulation. The process is called “re-homing,” and it clearly needs to be addressed (i.e., stopped) with targeted laws, policies and practices. Click here to continue reading this post from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute’s Adam Pertman.
  • Pediatricians Offer Medicaid Eligibility Information for Foster Youth: The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Foster Care America offers “Health Insurance for Young Adults Who Used to Be in Foster Care” about Medicaid eligibility for youth and young adults who are aging out of foster care, who return home, or who were adopted or stayed with other relatives.
  • The arrival of a new foster child into a foster house can be a time of excitement, as well as anxiety.  As a foster parent of 12 years, Dr. John DeGarmo has had some transitions that have been more challenging than others.  As each child is different, each placement is different, as well. Yet, with a little preparation and planning beforehand, you can ease the stress and anxiety a little that is sure to occur in this transition. Click here to download Dr. DeGarmo’s free e-book, How to Prepare for Your Foster Child.
  • And one more great resource from Dr. DeGarmo: Helping Your Child in Foster Care Feel as if He Belongs.

Please share your thoughts with us!

Racine JH Bus 48Did you and your family receive a Home to Stay visit as part of the Jockey Being Family program in 2013? Did you and your children attend a Pack Party at the Coalition office this past year? If so, please share your thoughts with us!

We’d like to invite all families who received a Home to Stay visit or participated in a Home to Stay back pack party in 2013 to fill out a survey about the value and effectiveness of the Home to Stay™ program funded by Jockey Being Family®.

For families receiving a visit in Southeastern Wisconsin* or Milwaukee County, please click here.

For families receiving a visit in the remainder of state# please click here.

Your participation is very much appreciated – thank you!

*Southeastern Wisconsin includes the following counties: Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.

#The Post Adoption Resource Centers across Wisconsin include: Catholic Charities – Diocese of La Crosse, Catholic Charities – Diocese of Madison, and Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin.

World Wide Wednesday – December 18, 2013

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

  • Overwhelmed for the Holidays: An Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Holidays: Traveling, family gatherings, holiday foods and music are all special parts of celebrating the holidays. But for many children, especially those with sensory sensitivities or who may have only recently come into their adoptive home, the frenzy of the holidays can push them beyond their ability to cope. For parents this can mean many meltdowns and power struggles. This webinar will help adoptive families: Understanding your child’s capacity to cope; Teach your children self-regulation skills; Find ways to remember their birth family during the holidays.
  • New Resource for Adopted Teens: The BEAT (Beginning to Explore Adoption Together) gives adopted teens a chance to discover more about adoption, connect with one another online and express thoughts and feelings around adoption.  The BEAT is a safe, friendly environment where teens can hear from others with similar experiences. Check out the pictures, videos and posts and chime in on The BEAT blog – all in one place.
  • Read Addison Cooper’s post about Seven True Things about Teens in Foster Care.
  • Looking to take in “Frozen” during the upcoming winter breaks? Adoption at the Movies has your Movie Guide ready to read.

Have news you’d like to share? Please post in our comments!

World Wide Wednesday – December 11, 2013

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

  • In October, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation announced the expansion of the highly successful All Children – All Families (ACAF) project. A partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation and the National CASA Foundation, the ACAF expansion means the successful program will grow from helping agencies work with LGBT parents, to addressing agency competency in working with LGBT children and youth. The All Children – All Families project promotes LGBT cultural competency among child welfare agencies through an online agency self-assessment tool, comprehensive staff training, free technical assistance, and more. Learn more.
  • 25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children: How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas. See more at: http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=424#sthash.uXDSY91U.dpuf
  • Adoptalk is a quarterly newsletter published by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) which contains articles and stories on a variety of issues related to adoption and foster care. This issue of Adoptalk includes the following articles and features: “Members of Congress Propose Several Adoption-Related Bills,” “Helping Children Connect with their Birth Parents,” 25 States Receive More Than $32 Million for 2012 Adoptions,” “Bills Would Make Credit Refundable,” Achieving Permanence for Older Children Remains a Struggle,” “NACAC and Other Child Welfare Leaders Respond to Re-homing Reports,” “What My White Parents Didn’t Know and Why I Turned Out OK Anyway,” “NACACA Welcomes Board Members,” and “Adoption-Related Resources.”
  • Partnering With Youth for Permanency: In order to successfully partner with youth for permanency, it helps to speak their “language” and get to know their needs. Technology is an important part of the lives of youth and understanding how they use technology is especially essential for professionals since these technologies have impacted how youth communicate with each other and the world around them. Also, the youth themselves are often the best source to identify permanency options and often want their voices heard. These resources provide tips on working more effectively with youth to achieve permanency.

Have news you’d like to share? Please post in our comments!

Internship for Former Youth in Foster Care

ImageThe Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute has a once-in-a-lifetime internship that gives those who have spent time in the foster care system a chance for their voice to be heard on Capitol Hill. Interns spend 2 months in Washington, DC interning for a Member of Congress and writing a policy recommendation report. Interns receive a weekly stipend and housing during their assignment. Information about the program and the application form are available by visiting: http://www.ccainstitute.org/fyiapply.html.

World Wide Wednesday – December 4, 2013

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

  • The UW-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership has created some foster care- and adoption-related Pinterest boards with resources and information. You’ll find a variety of tools and tips on such topics as:
    • Child Development
    • Critical thinking
    • Adoption and Foster parenting
    • Stress relief
    • Healthy eating

    Family-friendly and accessible activities in Milwaukee
    …and much more.

  • Our Daughter’s Hair is an online community committed to teaching parents of African American and Biracial daughters simple steps to caring for and styling their daughters’ hair through step-by-step video lessons. Parents in the community have access to 18 video lessons on styling and maintaining wavy, curly, and kinky hair. Parents in the community also have the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from an expert Hair Coach!
  • Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Care: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care face a number of unique challenges. Many LGBTQ youth in care have a history of family violence and rejection, as well as subsequent retraumatization by foster parents, peers, and child welfare staff. The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is heavily invested in promoting innovative strategies to ensure a healthier and more nurturing environment for this youth population and recently launched its new webpage in support of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.
  • Talking About Sex With Youth in Care: For most parents and teens, talking about sex can be an uncomfortable but important conversation. For youth in foster care, it is a conversation that may never occur, leaving these young people to learn about sex from their peers. Fostering Media Connections has developed a webpage that includes information about why discussing sex with youth in foster care is important, as well as how to approach the topic.

Have news you’d like to share? Please post in our comments!