World Wide Wednesday – January 22, 2014

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

  • Webcast Series: Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression: In this two part webcast series, recorded at Family Builders in Alameda County in California, Dr. Gary Mallon speaks with presenters who offer a variety of perspectives onIssues of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Family Builders is an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) affirming organization that works to provide permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system through a number of different programs and services, with a focus on permanency for older youth.  

    In the first webcast, a gay youth, the biological parent of a transgender child, and the LGBTQ Family Advocate for the Youth Acceptance Collaborative at Family Builders share their perspectives and experiences.

    In the second webcast, Dr. Mallon speaks with Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of Family Builders, and Mia Buckner-Preston, Program Manager, Placement and Transition Services, Alameda County Social Services Agency.  The presenters discuss a Title IV-E waiver-funded project called the Youth Acceptance Collaborative, which is a partnership between Alameda County Social Services, Family Builders, and BAYC (Bay Area Youth Center). They focus on organizational issues and how this collaboration benefits the assessment and placement of LGBTQ youth in care. 

    To register and learn more, please click here.

  • Supporting Birth Mothers, Strengthening Families: Women who place a child for adoption often have many unmet needs, says a new national survey. On Your Feet Foundation provides insight into birth mothers’ emotional experiences and life after placement. See more here.

  •  Foster Care Video of the Week: Do you know what Sexting is? Most likely your child in foster care does. It is also likely that your child in foster care has participated in it in some fashion. It is considered today’s form of flirting. View the video here.

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

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