World Wide Wednesday – February 26, 2014

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

  • Preparing Children & Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency: Children leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support to help them understand the past events in their lives and to process feelings connected to their experiences of abuse and neglect, separation, loss, rejection, and abandonment. Click here to continue reading this Bulletin for Professionals from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
  • Youth Who Aged Out of Foster Care Can Access Health Insurance: Youth who left foster care at age 18 or older and who were on Medicaid at that time are eligible to access Medicaid until they turn 26. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a website to help youth learn more and links to sign up for Medicaid. The site also includes a web banner that advocates can put on their own sites to spread the word to former foster youth. Visit the site to learn more.
  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect: Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. This factsheet is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support.
  • Adoption Advocate No. 68|”Will I Love Her?”: Love and Attachment in Adoption: Many families considering adoption wonder about what life will be like if they adopt a child, and their capacity to care and provide for that child–particularly if she or he is older, has experienced neglect or trauma, or has special needs. In the February 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, “Will I Love Her?”: Love and Attachment in Adoption, Dr. Daniel Nehrbass shares his personal thoughts and reflections about the capacity for and characteristics of parental love. Click here for the PDF from the National Council for Adoption.

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