World Wide Wednesday – January 15, 2014

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

  • Facilitating an Adult Adoption as a Pathway to Permanence for Older Youth: Adult adoption is the legal process of adopting a person over the age of 18, which results in a legally recognized parent-child relationship.  This publication highlights the possibility of this pathway to permanence for older youth and young adults who have yet to establish permanent legal connections.  It provides an overview of the steps to facilitating an adult adoption and discusses common reasons for considering this option.  Additional resources are provided, along with a listing of State-specific statutes, information, and resources.  (You can also read our tip sheet, Adoption Has No Age Limits, for more information.)
  • The Child Welfare Information Gateway has published 14 tip sheets to help parents and caregivers with specific issues. Each easy-to-read factsheet focuses on concrete steps parents can take to care more effectively for their children and strengthen their family. Topics include: Keeping Your Family Strong, Helping Your Child Heal From Trauma, Parenting Your Child with Developmental Delays and Disabilities, Managing Your Finances, Managing Stress, Bonding With Your Baby, Dealing With Temper Tantrums, Parenting Your School-Age Child, Connecting With Your Teen, Teen Parents…You’re Not Alone, Ten Ways to Be a Better Dad, Raising Your Grandchildren, Military Families, How to Develop Strong Communities.
  • On January 21, NACAC project manager and internationally acclaimed speaker Kim Stevens will present “The Teen Years: Brain Development, Impact of Trauma on Growth, Strategies” at 7 pm central time (8 pm eastern, 6 pm mountain, and 5 pm pacific). Research is revealing that the typical youth brain is not capable of true adult functioning until 20+ years of age—information that has critical implications in terms of cause and effect understandings, critical thinking skills, and maturation. For youth who have experienced foster care and adoption, this developmental process can be significantly affected. This training explores the links between brain development and trauma recovery, identifying opportunities and effective strategies for parents and providers alike.
    If you cannot attend the live webinar, you can purchase access to a recorded version. We are happy to send certificates of attendance to those who need proof of training hours. Webinars are $15 for NACAC members, and $20 for non-members. The fee is intended for one individual or couple. Learn more about this and other webinars.
  • Any of this sound familiar? Your child’s teacher tells you that your son is having trouble sitting still in class…Every day, homework turns into a teary-eyed, hair-pulling, paper-tearing tug o’ war…Your teen is caught painting graffiti on the bathroom wall…You may be baffled by behaviors like these. And, you may wonder whether they could be linked to a learning disability (LD). Click here to read a brief overview of some behavioral red flags of learning disabilities. Remember: even when LD is linked to puzzling behaviors, it’s likely other factors contribute as well.

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