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