It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s news in the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- International Adoption: The Marshall Islands
- How Foster Care Wrecked My Life: “Yes. I said it. It wrecked. My. Life. I’ve never said it before because foster parenting is viewed as such a great thing and any time you mention your family dynamics (that your parents are foster parents) people gush over how wonderful that is and how they are doing something just amazing. So you can do nothing but smile and agree. But in your heart there’s a little grimace and then guilt. Because you aren’t supposed to feel anything but great about the fact that your parents are also parenting other people. People who aren’t always excited to be part of your awesome family. People who require your parents’ time. People who don’t like you. People you don’t like.
There I was, 16 years old, oldest of three and I had it all going for me. Cheerleading. Band. Choir. I had just gotten my first car (1986 Toyota Corolla 5 speed, with a sun roof). Everything was just right. Then my parents up and decided to become foster parents. I was ok with it at first because we would be helping people and I knew it was a good thing. What I didn’t know was the turmoil that some many MOST kids dealt with.”
- Factsheet for Families: Finding and Using Postadoption Services
- Helping Kids in Foster Care Track Their History: “Lacy is eight years old, though that’s not her real name. Lacy’s adoptive mom, Rebecca McClintock, asked us to disguise her daughter’s identity because we’re going to be talking about her past, and a lot of it is painful.
Lacy came to live with McClintock as a foster child about a year and a half ago. McClintock said she got a call from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the middle of the afternoon.
‘She’s been in a foster home that wasn’t working out and they needed to pull her from there quickly. And three hours later she was on my doorstep with her little tiny Winnie the Pooh suitcase and a caseworker and a piece of pizza,’ McClintock remembers.”
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