World Wide Wednesday: October 7, 2015

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

  • In the National Council for Adoption’s Adoption Advocate, Rhonda Jarema writes about the importance of talking with adopted children about their birth families, and offers some suggestions for adoptive parents.
  • Josh Shipp aka “The Teen Whisperer” is a former at-risk foster kid turned teen advocate. Josh had a traumatic childhood. He was abandoned at birth, thrown into many different foster homes. Abused, addicted, and suicidal… Josh KNOWS what it means to be a teen in trouble. Thanks to caring adults Josh was able to triumph over the hardship, and has dedicated his life to helping kids and families succeed. Josh talks directly to teens about topics that are crucial to success and often difficult to talk about. He talks about all these things in a way that’s entertaining and grabs the attention of even the most difficult teen immediately. It’s a message from someone who’s been there and wants teens to succeed and parents to feel empowered. Watch Josh’s video about the importance of forgiveness. 

  • Concerned about cell phone issues with your teen? The Teen Cell Phone Agreement is designed to create an open line of communication between you and your child regarding their cell phone. The goal is to help your child become a well rounded person who can coexist with technology, NOT be ruled by it.
  • Ask any couple who has adopted about their thoughts on the process, and if there is one complaint tucked away amongst their overall positivity — and there is almost always a good deal of positivity — it’s that the process takes a long time.

    Adoption, both international and domestic, can take as little as four to six months. However, turnarounds as fast as that are the exceptions. In some cases, adoption might take 2-3 years or more, depending on an array of circumstances. (Continue reading.)

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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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