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.

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