It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Five Practical Steps Foster Parents Can Take in a Crisis: In Rhonda Sciortino’s work of protecting child welfare organizations over the past 25 years, she’s had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people who are committed to helping good child caring providers. One such person is an attorney who has spent the last twenty years focusing on defending good foster parents following a tragedy or allegation. Gina Lacagnina, Esq. is with the law firm Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler in San Diego. Here is Gina’s best advice for foster parents.
- Understanding Single Parent Adoption: With the number of adoptions by single men and women increasing over the past 10 years, advocates from A Love Beyond Borders produced a publication that addresses the rewards and challenges of single parent adoption.
Single Parent Adoption: An Adoption Education Publication asserts that single parents ought to be considered by adoption agencies and birth mothers for their character, strength, and potential parenting capacity, rather than by their marital status. Statistically, domestic adoptions tend to favor couples over singles for placement, which leads many singles to opt for international adoption over domestic. The publication contests the underlying assumption that “all married couples will stay married, […] and all singles will forever remain single” and suggests that empathy for single persons’ need to nurture can enhance the potential for successful adoption for children.
Factsheet on Child Trauma: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) released a factsheet for child welfare and related professionals and the public with information about child traumatic stress. The factsheet defines child traumatic stress as the exposure to traumatic events. The resource also describes the consequences of child trauma and indicates that some children may not experience traumatic stress after a traumatic event; however, some children may experience significant reactions that interfere with their daily life and their ability to function or interact with others. Additional information details the extent of resources the NCTSN offers through its website, which include products, factsheets, training opportunities, and access to the latest research and resources on child traumatic stress.
Videos from the Attachment & Bonding Center: The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio emphasizes fostering connections between adopted children and their parents. The center provides a variety of resources to support families, including the following video talks:
- No Anger Zone: Maintaining a Peaceful Emotional Climate in Adoptive Families, This video explores how past trauma can cause adopted children to become angry and how the anger can spread to the rest of the family.
- The Impact of Trauma on Child Development, This video includes a discussion of how adoptees with a history of residence in orphanages or foster homes, or who have experienced neglect or abuse may display an inability to learn from their mistakes.
- Strengthen Your Forever Family: A Post-Adoption Guide, Adopting a child can be the most rewarding and joyful event of your life. It can also bring a unique set of challenges. Children who are adopted — regardless of their age at adoption or the type of adoption — may need help with behavioral, emotional, or developmental issues.
As an adoptive parent, you have many resources you can rely on to help give your child the opportunity to thrive. This guide offers an overview of the post-adoption resources you may need and how to access them.
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