It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s news in the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Uncovering, Discovering and Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children: Children and youth of all ages, regardless of their needs and circumstances, long for loving lifelong connections to others. When children are placed into foster care, they all too often have lost not only their parents but also brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and others who are important in their lives. Children and adolescents who move from foster home to foster home are frequently lost and in crisis. They are young, alone, and lonely for a family, a home, a school with friends, and a neighborhood.
Without the stability of lifelong connections, children and youth are missing the needed guidance to prepare them for adulthood. Unfortunately, many youth in foster care grow up and leave the system without any permanent, lifelong connections. They have neither the security of a family, nor the resources necessary for adulthood. For some young adults, they become part of the disproportionate number of former foster youth who end up in jail, lack job skills, face early pregnancy, and/or become homeless.
As a foster and/or adoptive parent, one of your top priorities is to help the children in your care have the tools necessary to form healthy connections and supports. IFAPA has developed this free booklet to help you identify, locate, and engage caring individuals to support the child in your care over his or her lifetime. VIEW BOOKLET
- Adoption at the Movies: Home Adoption Movie Review
- Sleep and Adoption: Helping children get enough sleep can be an ongoing challenge for many families. In this issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Dr. Julian Davies of the University of Washington’s Center for Adoption Medicine offers some helpful hints for adoptive families who might be struggling in this area.
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