Happy New Year! From the whole staff at the Coalition, we wish you and yours a wonderful year ahead. We hope you’ll continue to stay connected with us and we look forward to sharing more with you through the coming year. And we invite you to share us with your friends, too!
And now, it’s on to this week’s World Wide Wednesday links. Here’s a look at what is making foster care and/or adoption news:
- NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 66 | Recognizing FASD-Related Speech and Language Deficits in Internationally Adopted Children – Speech language pathologist Tatyana Elleseff provides an overview of how prenatal alcohol exposure affects children’s social, communicative, and cognitive development. She explains how and by whom alcohol-related deficits are typically diagnosed, and the ways in which various professionals can help parents create a comprehensive plan for children with these diagnoses.
- Youth Fostering Change, a youth engagement program from the Juvenile Law Center, provides the opportunity for youth in care to engage with their peers, evaluate the child welfare system, and work toward reform. The 2013–2014 members of Youth Fostering Change produced a toolkit to help youth in foster care effectively plan for their future. Click here for more information.
- Visitation Tips for Foster Parents: Healthy Foster Care America has published some tips to help children and teens before and after a visit with the birth family. Read reasons why a child might be in extreme distress before or after a visit and what you can do to help prepare them before a visit and how to transition back from a visit. Click here to view tips.
Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child – If you’re a foster parent adopting a child, children, or youth currently in your care, you’ll need to help your child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. While you may appreciate the difference in the child’s role within your family, children and youth may not clearly comprehend the difference between being a foster child versus being an adopted child in the same family. There are specific steps you can take to help children understand these changes.