World Wide Wednesday – March 5, 2014

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

  • How to Parent Adopted and Foster Children with the Five Languages of Love: The Five Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman shares the idea that each of us gives and receives love in different ways. The use of love languages is a way to build bonds with anyone that you care about, but is also a wonderful way to build an attachment with foster or adopted children. Dr. Chapman feels that each child has an “emotional tank.” When a child really feels loved his love tank will be full, but when the love tank is empty, the child will have behaviors. “Much of the misbehavior of children is motivated by the cravings of an empty ‘love tank.'” How many of us are parenting children from the foster care system or from an orphanage that are operating on empty love tanks? Click here to continue reading.
  • Preparation is Key When Welcoming a Foster Child Into Your Home: The arrival of a foster child in your house can be a time of excitement, as well as anxiety. The phone call from a caseworker asking if you would like a foster child placed in your home can leave you in a state of apprehension. It is often a time of questions, from you and your family, as well as from the foster child. For the child coming into your home, it is especially an intimidating period. Remember, this new foster child is being moved, against his/her wishes, to a strange home and to an unknown family. While each child is unique, it is difficult to predict how each new foster child will react to this sudden and extreme change. Yet, with a little preparation and planning, you can ease the stress that is sure to occur during this transition.
  • Foster Parents on Social Media – Think Twice Before You Post! If you are a part of a Facebook adoption support group, you may have seen them, or you may have even written them: posts by foster parents written with information specific to the foster child in their care, possibly even including information about the child’s birth parents and social workers. Read the full post here.
  • Guide for Grandparents Raising Children: Grandparents and other kinship caregivers face unique challenges and have specific needs. In 1994, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, in collaboration with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, produced a guide that identified needed programs, services, and other resources and information to help grandparents raising their grandchildren. In July 2008, the State Child Advocate bill was signed into law and established the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. This Commission is actively working to better understand and address the needs of grandparents in this situation, and this updated guide is just one result of those efforts.

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