It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being for Youth in Transition from the Foster Care System webinar: Youth in the foster care system face multiple and unique challenges on the path to educational and lifelong success. In addition to physical health risks and academic difficulties, these youth are more likely to suffer from social-emotional challenges that affect their long-term well-being. In order to support youth in foster care as they transition out of the system and into healthy, successful lives, many programs are relying on social-emotional approaches. These approaches include trauma-based interventions, counseling services, and long-term relationships with youth even after they have left the foster care system. The American Youth Policy Forum hosted a webinar on December 18th entitled “Social, Emotional and Physical Well-Being for Youth in Transition from the Foster Care System”, which focused on program and policy supports that reinforce the social-emotional health of youth in the foster care system as they transition into college, careers, and beyond. Highlighting the report “Connected by 25” , this webinar featured Barbara Langford of the Youth Transition Funders Group – Foster Care Workgroup; Wayne Sims, President and Chief Executive Officer, KVC Health Systems, Inc.; and Mary Lee, National Transitional Living Coordinator,Youth Villages. View the webinar.
- Free Book to Share with Your Child’s Teacher: Educators Making a Difference for Students: In the schools of the 21st century, educators encounter a diverse population of students. Students come from different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds and varied family situations, including foster, adoptive and kinship families. Regardless of the type of family situation they live in, children who do not live with their birth parents deal with unique issues. These issues may affect a student’s school performance. This booklet was developed to provide educators with information about issues that impact children and youth in out-of-home care and the effect those issues might have on classroom learning. Information and suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for these students are also included. (To receive a copy (or multiple copies) of this booklet, please email your name and address to Crystal Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-277-8145 ext. 5. You can also find this book on IFAPA’s website.)
- Human Trafficking – A Survivor Story (VIDEO) Dellena is a former foster child and a survivor of 21 years of sex trafficking. She is now a foster parent and is sharing her personal story of survival. View the video.
- Expectations and Realities: Parenting an Adopted Child with Special Needs: Download Martha Osborne’s presentation on the expectations vs. realities of parenting an adopted child with special needs.
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