World Wide Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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


  • Ten Tips for the First Year of Placement: Parents passionately want to succeed in raising emotionally healthy children. They also want to enjoy their little ones. When their children arrive later in infancy or childhood, most parents are well-aware that they are doing more careful parenting. They are nurturing not only to build a relationship, but to help mitigate any impact of losses or maltreatment.

    What are reasonable things for parents to concentrate on during the first year home? How can parents do the best to enjoy their children? They do not want the pleasures of parenting their children dimmed by a chorus of cautions. On the other hand, they do want to make that first year a great start. Here are my TOP TEN hits for a great start to your relationship with your baby or child.

    1. Spend ample time in nurturing activities. (Continue reading.)

  • The Role of Facilitators in Adoption: In the April 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, authors Karen S. Law, Esq. and Teresa McDonough, ACSW examine the recent rise in the use of unlicensed and typically unregulated adoption intermediaries or facilitators. They explain the significant risks for expectant parents and prospective parents who work with a facilitator as opposed to a licensed agency or attorney, and include a list of recommendations for those considering adoption.
  • A Day in the Life of One Foster Family.
  • Birthparent Issues of Grief and Loss: In this edition of Adoption Advocate, a publication from the National Council for Adoption (NCFA), the issues of grief and loss of birth parents are explored.  The publication discusses factors that can influence how an individual deals with loss, as well as the importance of considering the choice to parent; provides information on how grief manifests itself, on reconciling loss, and what practitioners and adoptive parents need to know; and offers some recommendations for practitioners to help birthparents.

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