It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Collecting Information on Your Adoptive Child’s History: Whether you adopted your child at the age of 3 or 15, your child comes with his or her own life experiences that are different from yours. Often there have been many adults working to assure your child’s safety and wellbeing. Unfortunately, despite social workers’ best efforts, sometimes the details of a child’s life can be lost as that child travels from his birth family into foster care and then into adoptive placement. It’s important for adoptive parents to obtain as many details about their child’s life as possible and waiting years later to obtain those details can be difficult if not impossible. This workbook was written by DePaul Family Services to guide
adoptive parents in obtaining those details that are often hidden in files and in people’s memories.
- 7 Ways to Give Your Child a History: All of us spend at least some time wondering who we are and why we are. For a child who has faced
many moves and a chaotic life before adoption, these are difficult questions to answer. But as elusive as the answers may be, they are vital as the child matures into adulthood. In “7 Ways to Give Your Child a History” — published in Adoptive Families — Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky share seven activities from their book, Adopting the Hurt Child, to help any child adopted beyond infancy, whether from U.S. foster care or another country, to understand and integrate his past.
- Agency Liability: What Adoption Service Providers and Adoptive Families Need to Know: The adoption process involves liability in multiple areas, including financial accountability, information disclosure, communication with clients, and the actions and supervision of employees. In the July 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Michele Jackson explains the current requirements for licensed agencies for the benefit of both adoption service providers and prospective adoptive families.
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