World Wide Wednesday: September 30, 2015

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

  • A community built around older adults caring for adoptive families
    Families who adopt foster kids need a lot of support. In Rantoul, Illinois, families get help in a neighborhood called Hope Meadows from older adults who’ve moved there just for that purpose. The Gossett family has definitely benefited from this arrangement. Whitney Gossett adopted four siblings from foster care: brothers Patrick, 13, Andrew, 12, Jeremiah, 7, and sister Bella, who’s 10.
  • 12 things adopted/foster children wish you knewDo you have an adopted or foster child? If not, have you considered fostering a child or adopting a child? What is stopping you? What inspired you to do it? Whatever the case, adopting and fostering a child is one of the most difficult, intimidating, and humbling experiences for many families. It’s also quite admirable. Adopting or fostering a child (or teenager) will take a great deal of support from your “village” and knowledge about attachment, trauma and patience. Sadly, for many eager adoptive and foster parents, the idea of adopting or fostering a child often outweighs the potential downsides and challenges that come with raising an adopted or fostered child.
  • Student Debt Forgiveness for Former Foster Youth: Everyone knows that the student loan debt crisis has gotten out of control in this country but not many people are aware of the impact this problem has on the most vulnerable population in our society.

    Foster youth often have to overcome significant obstacles just to function in society, let alone pursue a higher education. Many grew up in poverty even before abuse or neglect impacted them, and bureaucratic bungling began over placing them in a stable home.

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone that most former foster youth don’t go to college and of the few who do, most of them don’t graduate at all. (Continue reading by clicking the link above.)

  • Adoption Disruption: An Open Letter to My Teenage Son (Although he may never read it…)

    “Dear Marcus,

    Being adopted must have been the hardest struggle for you. Harder than I can imagine. How could you know how to handle that at age 17? After having been in the system for 4 years, in and out of placements, “forever” must have seemed like a foreign concept. I want you to know that it is ok that you were scared.”
    (Continue reading by clicking the link above.)

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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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