World Wide Wednesday, August 20, 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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  • African American Hair Care Styling Tips: Looking for some simple hair care tips, including washing, combing and braiding? View step-by-step instructions

  • Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Placement: The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association’s Pre-Placement Questionnaire contains a list of questions to ask before agreeing to the placement of a child into your home. There will be times and circumstances when a worker has limited information about the child they need to place. When information is available, however, it will help you determine if the child will be a good fit for your family and your parenting abilities. This list can be a helpful resource for obtaining information. You might want to have a copy readily available to refer to when you get a call about a possible placement. View the questionnaire

  • 4 Dos and Don’ts When Welcoming a New Foster Child into Your Home: The arrival of a foster child in your house can be a time of excitement, as well as anxiety. The phone call from a caseworker asking if you would like a foster child placed in your home can leave you in a state of apprehension. It is often a time of questions, from you and your family, as well as from the foster child. For the child coming into your home, it is especially an intimidating period. Remember, this new foster child is being moved, against his/her wishes, to a strange home and to an unknown family. While each child is unique, it is difficult to predict how each new foster child will react to this sudden and extreme change. Yet, with a little preparation and planning, you can ease the stress that is sure to occur during this transition.
     
  • Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Complex Trauma Collaborative Group has developed this new factsheet designed specifically for caregivers, which provides information on how a caregiver can support a child with a complex trauma history. It presents information that can help a caregiver understand complex trauma and recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma in their child. It also offers recommendations for what the caregiver can do to help their child heal, as well as tips for self care.

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