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.
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