World Wide Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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

  • Helping Your Child Heal: Parenting a Child Who Has Experiences Maltreatment. Parents whether birth, foster, and adoptive and other caregivers of children and youth who have experienced maltreatment may feel confused, concerned, and unsure of the impact of abuse. In order to help children heal, they need to understand the signs, symptoms, and effects of child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and trauma. Child Welfare Information Gateway has produced a series of factsheets for families that explores the many factors affecting how children react to maltreatment experiences and how parents can help children recover.
  • It’s Not “Just a Kid Thing” – Behaviors in Adopted and Foster Children. As parents of hurting children we hear this often, far too often. Our friends and family share their similar experiences on everything; picky eaters, criers, infants having difficulty weaning from the bottle, problems with potty training. We hear of teens who act out, use drugs and smoke to escape. Friends tell us of their teens who don’t listen, pre-teens who are promiscuous. But there’s a difference, our children didn’t get a healthy start in life with love, care, and affection. They were neglected, wondering when they’d be fed, never held, never soothed when they cried. They were abused, beat on, hit when they cried, yelled at when they asked questions, and heinous acts were laid upon them that we don’t even want to contemplate.
  • Social Media and Your Foster or Adopted Teens. In this new article, the AdoptUSKids social media manager describes the dangers of social media use among teens and offers parents tips on what they can do to help foster and adoptive teens use social media safely.

Have news you’d like to share? Please post in our comments!

Inclusion in this post does not imply an endorsement by the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. The Coalition is not responsible for the content of these resources.

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