World Wide Wednesday, April 15, 2015

iStock_000003621765_LargeIt’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s news in the world of foster care and adoption around the web:

  • Kinship Caregiving – Challenges and Resources: A publication by Generations United discusses the difficulties that kinship caregivers face. One of those difficulties is establishing legal relationships between the caregiver and the child. An absence of that legal relationship adds challenges to kinship care and contributes to the inability to obtain financial assistance, health insurance, affordable housing, etc. Read about children raised by Grandfamilies and Kinship Care, their unique challenges, and what communities can do to support these families.
  • In Foster Care, Treating the Trigger: Research suggests that abuse, abandonment and neglect can change the way a child’s brain develops. Doctors are now treating some of New York City’s most vulnerable children for PTSD.
  • Foster parents must be involved in school to help kids succeed: For children in foster care to succeed in school, foster parents must lead the charge and blaze a path as an advocate, fighting for a child’s every chance. In truth, it is likely that foster students will have no other person fighting for them, since a caseworker’s workload is overwhelming, and teachers may be too busy to reach out with information or may not have the necessary information about a child’s needs.Therefore, it is up to foster parents to be proactive in a child’s life at school. Foster parents need to become as involved as possible. The more active parents are in school and activities, the more likely children will succeed.
  • N.E.W. Mental Health ConnectionA new group in the Fox Valley (WI). A group of individuals and organizations working collaboratively to improve mental health services in Northeast Wisconsin. Primary goals of the group are to:
    • Strengthen 24/7 crisis response, bringing law enforcement, crisis services, emergency departments, and mental health providers together to get people to the right level of care at the time they need it.
    • Implement a “No Wrong Door” system, to ensure that individuals needing help do not get bounced around between agencies or, worse yet, fall through the cracks completely.
    • Support primary care providers, by developing training and support to assist them in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses.
    • Support school-based mental health, to strengthen mental health response systems in schools, support connections with service providers, minimize duplication of efforts, and secure adequate funding.

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