World Wide Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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


  • Newsletter Highlights Importance of Permanency and Relationships: The most recent issue of The Roundtable, published by the National Resource Center for Adoption, focuses on the importance of relationships. Articles cover the following topics: improving education outcomes for children who have been adopted or placed in guardianships; sibling contact; relationships in Native American families; adoption and guardianship with relatives.
  • Glossary Available for Caregivers of Youth with Special Needs: Health insurance jargon is not easy to understand, especially if you are a caregiver of a special needs child. This glossary provided by Family Voices can help.

  • Is My Child’s Anger Normal?: How to tell if outbursts or aggression are beyond typical behavior. (Continue Reading)
  • Program Supports Families with Adoption: Dr. Mary Staat founded Cincinnati Children’s International Adoption Center, a program that offers adoptive parents a safety net. Therapists work with parents before, during and after an adoption. NBC’s national correspondent Kate Snow reports.

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World Wide Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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


  • A must watch video: ReMoved. ReMoved follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care. WARNING: Some of the content is not appropriate for children.
  • 10 Things Every Birth Mother Wants Adoptive Parents to KnowThere are 10 things every birthmother thinks about, wishes for, and hopes for when placing their child for adoption. If you are in an open adoption, you may have heard some already, if not, they are important to know. (Continue Reading)
  • 10 Things Foster Parents Wish Their Case Managers Knew. “Last night my wife and I had the honor of hosting our monthly adoption support group in our home. We do this once a month and it’s always refreshing. While the group is made up of adoptive parents, most have been, or currently are, active foster parents. As we sat around our dining room table, enjoying one another’s company, I posed this question to the group: “What are some things you wish, or wished, your case managers knew?”


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World Wide Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

  • Why Are Lifebooks So Important?: What is a lifebook? A lifebook brings together a child’s past, present, and future. It is a book to document a child’s history, celebrate accomplishments, and allow his or her talents to shine. It is a record of a child’s life in his or her own words using photos, artwork, and things picked up along the way. It allows a child to honor life, one day and one event at a time. 
    Working together on a lifebook can bring a parent and child closer together. It creates a natural opportunity to talk about the circumstances of the foster care and/or adoptive placement. A lifebook is a useful tool in any stage of foster care or adoption. Other benefits include:
  • A lifebook is an easy tool to use to get to know a new child in your home. Working with the child to create pages that reflect his or her life will help you get to know the child better and build a relationship in the process.
  • A lifebook can help a child prepare to return to their birth family. You can help a child document and celebrate accomplishments while in care, and keep track of the important people in their life.
  • A lifebook can help prepare a child for adoption. You can work with the child to build a bridge between the birth family and the adoptive family.

    Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA) has created over seventy FREE lifebook pages for families to use. IFAPA also has the entire lifebook translated into Spanish. All of these pages are available to download and print for free. VIEW LIFEBOOK PAGES

  • Youth Voices for Change: created the Youth Engaged 4 Change website for teens and young adults who want to advocate for strengthening programs that improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. The website features voices of youth advocates or “Change Makers”; opportunities for internships, speaking engagements, conferences, and other events offered by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs; tools for building knowledge and skills for advocacy on an array of topics, including foster care, education, LGBTQ issues, bullying, and more; and a list of hotlines, publications, and other resources offering support.
  • My Family Matters Too: Imagine yourself as a child—taken away from your parents and separated from your siblings and then placed in a new home. This is not only scary, it can be confusing to children that do not understand why they are being taken away from the only homes that they know, regardless as to whether the homes were abusive or neglectful. Imagine yourself having all kinds of questions as to why you are being punished and taken away from your family, but no one answers. In this kind of situation, whom would you turn to for comfort? (Continue Reading)
  • The Importance of Relationships for Native American Families: Understanding the culture of my people is critical to bringing about systems change for Native American families. Relationships are an essential part of our traditional values and belief structure, which is where upon so many of our customs continue to be based. Reflecting upon, understanding, and honoring these cultural values when providing permanency-support services is essential to improving permanency outcomes for American Indian children and youth. (Continue Reading)

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World Wide Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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

  • The Extended Family of My Two Open Adoptions: I follow Donna out to the car where she shows me the festival of pink fabrics she’s planning to use to make a quilt for my seven-year-old daughter, Eve.

    I touch the colors and coo. Donna is not Eve’s godmother or even a family friend. She’s her biological great-aunt. As Donna and I talk quilts, Eve is inside the house, getting ready to hold her birth mother’s new baby, born just a week ago. Laney is almost 30, and more settled than she was when she gave birth to Eve. She has chosen to raise the new baby herself. As I walk in, Laney’s tight, rust-colored curls fall on Eve’s face as she places the infant in Eve’s arms. My energetic little girl becomes calm. (Continue Reading)

  • Profile of a Former Foster Kid: Ashley Crossan has a bedroom in a non-profit housing project, and is determined to finish high school and find a job.

    This may not initially sound like the plot of a success story, but it is, compared to the outcomes for many other former foster children.

    Against all odds, 20-year-old Crossan is a resilient and determined young woman. (Continue Reading)

  • 10 Guidelines to Stopping Cyberbullying: Adults can teach kids critical skills for coping with online aggression. (Continue Reading)
  • Why Helping Traumatized Children Find the Right Words is So Important: Jane Evans, trauma parenting specialist and author of How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear? writes about the importance of helping children who have experienced domestic abuse or other trauma to identify and talk about their feelings. (Continue Reading)

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Governor’s Egg Hunt 2014

You and your family are cordially invited to the Governor’s Egg Hunt at the Executive Residence on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.Easter 2014 Flyer

Along with the egg hunt, there will be fun activities, refreshments, and even the Easter Bunny! Please bring a basket for collecting eggs!

RSVP required. Please contact Kathleen Scholl in the DCF Communications Office to RSVP at (608) 261-9330 or through email at

When you RSVP, please provide:

  • Parent name(s) and point-of-contact information
  • Address – phone number – email address
  • How many children and their ages
  • First and last names of children attending
  • Those adults/teens accompanying the family, and what their names are, too

Tickets for the event are first-come, first served. Please RSVP early!

Hunt Times
1:15 p.m.: Ages 2-3
1:35 p.m.: Ages 4-6
2:00 p.m.: Ages 7-10

Executive Residence, 99 Cambridge Road, Maple Bluff

Parking near the Executive Residence is limited; additional parking is available at 1819 Aberg Avenue (Dane County Job Center). Shuttle service will be provided from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

World Wide Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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

  • Parenting After Trauma: Understanding Your Child’s Needs: This guide for families explains how trauma can impact a child and provides tips for making them feel safe in their new home. Pediatricians can reproduce and provide this handout to foster and adoptive parents. (Also available in Spanish.)
  • Understanding Childhood Trauma: A one-page document that provides basic information about child trauma and the work of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
  • What is Child Sexual Abuse? A fact sheet developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), What Is Child Sexual Abuse?, highlights various forms of sexual victimization and their distinctive signs and symptoms. This fact sheet summarizes common behavioral red flags displayed by sexually abused children.
  • Top Adoption Books and Resources: A Not-To-Be-Missed List of Recommendations: In this list, you will find a wide variety of nonfiction books representing diverse views and perspectives on adoption – similar in style to the Portrait of an Adoption’s acclaimed annual series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days – with different titles geared toward adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, and foster parents. Given the vast majority of memoirs available from adoptive parents, the author avoided this genre in favor of research-based and prescriptive books, with only a few exceptions.  Although most of the titles are self-explanatory, she has included brief summaries that draw from the book covers, Amazon, published reviews, and the author’s own comments.

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