It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s news in the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- National Adoption Month Website: The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, created the 2014 National Adoption Month website, created in partnership with AdoptUSKids.
National Adoption Month (NAM) draws attention to the urgent need for permanent families for the more than 102,000 children and youth waiting for adoption in foster care. This year’s NAM theme, “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections,” emphasizes the critical role sibling relationships play in helping to promote permanency for children in care. The NAM website offers a variety of audience-specific resources.
Professionals can find information to help them promote and support sibling connections, recruit adoptive families, and see examples of how other States are promoting permanency for siblings and youth. Adoptive parents can find information on adopting siblings from foster care, learn what permanency means, and view powerful videos from youth and other adoptive families. Adopted people can find information on openness in adoption and search and reunion. Birth parents can find information on kinship adoption/adoption by relatives, openness in adoption, and search and reunion. Youth can learn about how to get involved in their permanency plans, stay connected with adults and other teens through social media, find out about the benefits of being safe online, and more
- New Law Passed: H.R. 4980 Becomes Law: On September 29, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. Among other things, this bipartisan legislation will:
- Require states to better track children at risk of being victims of sex trafficking (including children who run away from foster care) and report any children who are victims of trafficking;
- Require states to develop a process by which foster parents and other caregivers have permission to grant children and youth in care the opportunity to participate in the normal activities of childhood;
- Limit the use of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) for children under 16;
- Provide children 14 and up the opportunity to participate in their case planning process;
- Fund Family Connections Grants for one more year;
- Renew and enhance the Adoption Incentive program, creating a guardianship incentive and, over time, transitioning to an incentive system based on the rate of adoptions, rather than a baseline number; and,
- Require states to spend 30% of the funds they save as a result of the Fostering Connections Act’s expansion of federal adoption assistance eligibility on post-adoption, post-guardianship, and other family support services.
- Adoption at the Movies: Guides to recently released movies including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, ReMoved, and The Book of Life.
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