It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s news in the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Brain Development. In recent years, there has been a surge of research into early brain development. Neuroimaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provide increased insight about how the brain develops and how early experiences affect that development. One area that has been receiving increasing research attention involves the effects of abuse and neglect on the developing brain, especially during infancy and early childhood. Much of this research is providing biological explanations for what practitioners have long been describing in psychological, emotional, and behavioral terms. There is now scientific evidence of altered brain functioning as a result of early abuse and neglect. This emerging body of knowledge has many implications for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
- The Human, Social, and Economic Cost of Aging Out of Foster Care. In this month’s issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Dr. Wayne Sharp lays out the enormous social and economic cost when youth age out of foster care – as approximately 25,000 do every year – in an effort to increase public awareness of the challenges facing those who do not find permanency, and provide policymakers with sound recommendations to help youth in care find the long-term stability and support they need.
- International Adoption: Taiwan.
- The Key Jar: 48 Questions to Ask Kids. Unlock the hearts of your little ones using these keys to a great family conversation. Create your own jar and fill the jar with question strips (see link below). Simply pull a question from the jar during a family meal and listen to the magic unfold!
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