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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