It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- New foster parent handout for children with mental health issues: New handout helps foster parents prepare for doctor visits if they think their child may have a mental health problem. The resource recommends questions to ask, explains informed consent and describes the steps the doctor will take in diagnosing and treating the child.
- Nine thought-provoking adoption movies: “Good cinema can bring your thoughts places that you didn’t expect to go. That’s happened to me over the first hundred or so Adoption Movie Guides. Here are some of the films that have been the most thought-provoking for me, personally. I’ve gone ahead and linked the title of each film to its Adoption Movie Guide; feel free to click on over.”
- A foster parent reflects on an 8-month journey home. “It’s the night before the boys’ court hearing and I just dropped off them off with their mom. Mom talked to her lawyer, and she will be granted custody again tomorrow. The paperwork will be done in about a week, and I find myself reflecting on the last eight months now that the boys are finally going home.”
- What are the Factors Leading to Broken Adoptions? While broken adoptions represent only a small percentage of adoptions, it is crucial for adoption and child welfare advocates to study these cases in order to better understand the contributing factors and help prevent future broken adoptions. In the June 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Dawn J. Post of the Children’s Law Center New York (CLCNY) describes the results of a six-month case study undertaken to examine cases of children whose adoptions did not result in lasting permanency.
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