It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Factsheet Offers Guidance on Helping Teens with Grief: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a factsheet for caregivers to help teens who have experienced traumatic grief. The sheet helps caregivers know how to respond when teens are demonstrating signs of their grief.
- Aging Out: Voices from Those in the Foster Care System – Their stories begin with heartbreak. A family unable or unwilling to care for them. Parents dead, addicted to drugs, absent.
About 400,000 children in the U.S. live in foster care, according to federal officials. Entry into the foster care system is meant to keep them safe, but the reality is often fraught with its own dangers and disappointments. Times photojournalist Robert Gauthier interviewed more than a dozen young men and women from the Los Angeles area who were on the verge of being emancipated from foster care or had recently aged-out of “the system.”
Many fight a daily battle to shed the label of “system kid.” Often they are ill-prepared to survive on their own, let alone succeed. They talked to The Times about their past, as well as their dreams for the future. Asked to describe themselves in one word, they answered “survivor,” “driven,” “adaptable.” View Aging Out Video
- The Benefits of Including Foster Children in Your Vacation Plans: Many foster families feel that since foster children are a part of the family they should also be included in family vacation plans too. So, if you are deciding whether or not to include your foster child on your next family vacation, here are some of the pros of taking along your foster child. (Read the article.)
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