World Wide Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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

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  • My Body Belongs to Me: An animated four minute film aimed to educate children about sexual abuse and empower them to speak up.
  • Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth: Consider offering this flyer to youth aging out of foster care so they are aware of financial aid for school. The John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program helps youth currently and formerly in foster care help pay for college, career school, or training. This flyer is also available in Spanish.
  • Adoption at the Movies reviews two newly-released films: X-Men: Days of Future Past and Blended.
  • The Seven Wonders of Adoption: This article provides a list of seven commonly identified adoption issues, reframed from the child’s point of view as “wonders.” Also included are some possible behaviors displayed by a child experiencing feelings associated with each of the issues.

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World Wide Wednesday – June 18, 2014

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

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  • Bridging Foster Care and Adoption: Each year, nearly 250,000 children nationwide enter the foster care system. Of that, about half remain in the system for a significant duration of time. And the older the child, the less likely are the chances for adoption. In many ways, these kids are part of a forgotten population, but one area organization is seeking to bring greater awareness to these sometimes forgotten children; and most importantly, find permanent adoptive homes for the kids. (Continue Reading)
  • The Affordable Care Act gives former foster kids health care benefits to age 26, though they may not know it: Rain clouds couldn’t spoil Kenisha Anthony’s afternoon as she emerged from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida, with an associate degree in social work from Miami Dade College. The 22-year-old from Miami had survived the school of hard knocks that is Florida’s foster care system to reach this moment. Now a provision of the Affordable Care Act promises to help her make an even better start. (Continue Reading)
  • The Cycle of Violence: Last year in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 years old and were emancipated. In simple terms, they “aged out” of care.

    Put in perspective, last year in this country there were more than 3.3 million reports of abuse to authorities, representing about 6 million children, or 8 percent of the child population. From those reports, after investigation and intervention, about 400,000 children were placed in foster care, and of those, nearly 60,000 were permanently terminated from their families of origin.

    These are children who were neglected or abused — physically and/or sexually — and at a level so egregious that after numerous court proceedings, the rights of the parents to claim these children as their own were legally and permanently severed. Terminating, or legally ending the right of parent to child, is not something a judge decides lightly. In fact, every legal, social, and system opportunity is given to parents to keep their families intact, too often at risk of emotional or physical harm to the child.

    Because we know that children thrive in families — not institutions or transient, temporary care — we made a promise to those children in particular. We promised that the day they were permanently separated from their families, we would find them new ones. A place to call home, to be loved, supported, and cherished, as every child should. (Continue Reading)

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World Wide Wednesday – June 11, 2014

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

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  • Handbooks for Kinship Caregivers: In the event that a child must be separated from his/her parents’ care, it is imperative that family connections are preserved for that child. One way to ensure that this occurs is through placement of children or youth in a home with a kinship caregiver. This new National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) webpage lists handbooks that assist kinship caregivers in navigating the child welfare system, provide answers to common questions, and list available resources.

    The NRCPFC also maintains a state-by-state listing of handbooks for adoptive parents, birth parents, children and youth in foster care, and foster parents.

  • How Trauma Affects the Brain: Educational Specialist Laura Phipps describes the effect of trauma on the brain, and what this often looks like in terms of children’s behavior. Watch the entire Trauma & Behavior Series:
    Part 1: http://youtu.be/lPftosmseYE
    Part 2: http://youtu.be/zgT6oXkIeCg
    Part 3: http://youtu.be/g7hq9ujeIwM
    Part 4: http://youtu.be/nwabWfky3Ro

  • Resources to Help Youth Who Were or Are in Care: Two federal agencies have developed new resources designed to help children and youth who are or were in foster care: (1) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find errors on the credit reports of the children and youth in their care. (2) The Department of Education has a website to help young people who are thinking about attending college. The site includes information and resources on preparing for college, types of financial aid available, eligibility for aid, applying for aid, and managing loans. Although not specific to foster care, it has a lot of information of use to youth considering college. The site includes a specific fact sheet on the Education and Training Vouchers for current and former foster youth.

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Upcoming Training: Teens in Care

470782381Have you ever considered fostering a teenager? Perhaps you already are fostering a teen or maybe the child you’ve been fostering is entering the teen years. One way to understand teens is to hear directly from them.

This panel of former youth in care will talk about what worked best for them while they were in foster care and what they would have changed. They will be joined by a professional who works with teens in care.

The panelists will talk about strategies for fostering teens and will address questions about what youth in care need during their teen years. The panel members are former youth in care who are involved with Lad Lake’s Youth Advisory Council.

Join us for this night of open, honest dialog and learn from a panel of experts: former youth in care.

Monday, June 23, 2014
6-8 p.m.
$20/participant or $80/agency
Attend in person at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families or attend via the web.
Register online, email info@coalitionforcyf.org, or call 414-475-1246

World Wide Wednesday – June 4, 2014

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

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  • Birth Parent Issues of Grief and Loss: One of the paradoxes of adoption is that, for all its potential benefits, it is nonetheless born of loss – including the losses that relinquishment represents for birthparents and birth families. For counselors working with expectant parents considering adoption and birthparents who have made an adoption decision, it is essential to understand grief and loss, what it looks like, and what can help. (Continue reading.)
  • Selecting and Working with a Therapist Skilled in Adoption: Adoption has a lifelong impact on those it touches, and members of adoptive families may want professional help when concerns arise. Timely intervention by a professional skilled in adoption, attachment, and trauma issues often can prevent concerns from becoming more serious problems. This factsheet offers information on the different types of therapy and providers available to help, and it offers suggestions on how to find an appropriate therapist. Foster parents also may find definitions and descriptions in this factsheet useful.
  • Adoption in Disney Movies: Adoption themes (especially step-parent adoption themes) show up pretty frequently in Disney movies. Separated from their parents – or in conflict with their parents – children and teens have to grow up and face the world alone – maybe with the help of a romantic interest or a few friends. Sometimes, Disney stories are pretty problematic from an adoption perspective; other times, there’s a lot of good to celebrate.

    While this list is far from comprehensive, here are some Disney films with adoption themes. I’ve gone ahead and linked the titles of the films to the respective Adoption Movie Guide.

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Partners Newsletter – Summer Issue

Untitled-1We have all been there. We are going along with our daily lives and everything feels good and then, out of the blue, life throws us a curve ball and we find ourselves feeling downright terrible. And, while we can certainly wish that we didn’t have these tough times, we can usually get through them to find that the good times are that much better for the experience.  We don’t always know when those curve balls are coming, which is what makes building in daily self care so important. Taking care of yourself during good and bad times can make the good times feel even better and help the bad times not feel so terrible. We all have a variety of needs. In general, we can group those various needs into larger buckets: physical needs, emotional and social needs, intellectual needs, and spiritual needs. This whole issue of Partners, can help give you some tips, ideas, and thoughts on how to keep your need buckets full every day – so that you have resources and resilience to draw on when tough times come your way. You will read articles about

  • Keeping your need buckets full
  • Taking care of yourself while taking care of your family
  • How to tell it’s time for a break – and how to take one
  • Helpful resources, and more.

The Summer issue of our Partners newsletter is up and posted on our website.