World Wide Wednesday – December 2, 2015

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

  • And Then There Were Five: The Aftermath of a Failed Adoption. “There are no more boxing gloves in the basement. His bedroom walls are bare and his bed is stripped down to nothing. All of his Rubik’s cubes and puzzles are gone. I can’t even find one bottle of Gatorade left in the refrigerator. It’s official. No more 17-year-old. Marcus is gone. We’ve only got 5 little chickens left.”
  • 5 Reasons Why I’m Not Quitting as a Foster Parent. We might not be able to remember every stressful episode of our childhood. But the emotional upheaval we experience as kids — whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the chronic stress of economic insecurity, or social interactions that leave us tearful or anxious — may have a lifelong impact on our health.
  • Giving Until It Hurts – The Joy and Sorrow of Foster Parenting:
    “This past March marked 16 years as foster parents for Kerri and Steve Campbell-Graham. Over that period of time, the Campbell-Graham family has welcomed 20 children into their home. One of those children was Kylie, a 21-month-old raised as one of their own for two years. She had contact with her father, a relationship nurtured during her time living with the Campbell-Grahams. There was even talk of adopting Kylie until a judge ordered her returned to her father’s care.”

  • Video: Open Adoptee Experiences: In this video created by Open Adoption & Family Services, teen and young adult adoptees who grew up knowing their birth parents share their thoughts and experiences.

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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