World Wide Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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

  • You CAN Help: a video for non-foster parents who want to lend a hand in another way.
  • Adoption Advocate: Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls of Intercountry Adoption from Non-Hague Countries. In the February 2015 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, Christine Lockhart Poarch and McLane Layton present Part I of a two-part series that will provide an overview of the most common perils and pitfalls involved in designating a child as an orphan under U.S. law and emphasize best practices for agencies and adoptive families. Download the PDF of Adoption Advocate No. 80 or view the web version.
  • Generations United Provides Snapshot of “Grandfamilies”: In December, Generations United released The State of Grandfamilies in America: 2014, finding that over one-quarter (27%) of foster children are being raised by grandparents and other relatives. Of the 7.8 million children living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives, for about one-third, their parents do not live with them and 2.7 million grandparents are responsible for the children living with them. Generations United offers policy recommendations including empowering youth and caregivers to advocate for themselves 
and preparing caregivers to meet the specific needs of their children.
  • New Publication Provides Overview of Common Adoption Expenses and Availability of Financial Assistance: The Adoption Exchange, in collaboration with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the National Endowment for Financial Education, has developed a booklet entitled “How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option”. The publication reviews typical adoption expenses, both pre and post adoption, and also reviews resources pertaining to available financial assistance programs.

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World Wide Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

  •  NACAC to Host Free Webinar on Advocating for Adoption Assistance. On February 2 at 2:00 p.m. central time, Josh Kroll, NACAC’s Adoption Subsidy Resource Center coordinator, will present Advocating for Adoption Assistance. During this free webinar, participants will learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in their state or province. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption assistance programs and advocates need to be ready to respond. Even if your adoption assistance program is not under threat, proactive advocacy can help maintain and even enhance these important benefits for children who have special needs.
  • Look Through Their Eyes. The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Look Through Their Eyes campaign offers resources in English and Spanish to help parents and caregivers approach their child if they suspect they’ve experienced trauma.
  • The Potential Trauma of Family Tree Projects. Many adopted persons particularly in closed adoptions, cringe at the thought of creating a family tree that most students will have assigned to them in high school or college. The fear and discomfort from adoptees creating a family tree stems from not having access to their original birth certificate and not knowing their biological family history. Feelings of grief, abandonment, and loss are a few emotions that an adoptee can experience while trying to complete a family tree project. (Continue reading)
    The Coalition has a tip sheet on this topic, as well as a video that you may find helpful.
  • Giving voice to foster care alumni. Yasmin Mistry, a film animator and CASA volunteer, is working to raise the platform of foster care alumni. Mistry is heading the creation of a series of web videos where folks who’ve been through foster care simply share their recollections. It’s kind of a series of brief, video memoirs. They’re well-made, and certainly worth seeing.

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World Wide Wednesday – September 17, 2014

It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:

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  • Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted from Foster Care: Describes how adoption assistance in the form of subsidies may help make adoption possible for families considering adopting a child from foster care. Also check out the Adoption Assistance by State page, too.
  • How Child Neglect Harms the Brain: Experts have long known that neglect and abuse in early life increase the risk of psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety, but now neuroscientists are explaining why. They’re showing how early maltreatment wreaks havoc on the developing brain.
  • Share this free book with your child’s teachers: This booklet was developed to provide educators with information about issues that impact foster and adoptive youth, the effects those issues might have on classroom learning and how educators can assist and advocate for these students.
  • Health Issues for Judges to Consider for Children in Foster Care: This resource from the AAP provides an overview of important health issues for children and youth in foster care. It includes downloadable, age-appropriate forms that can be shared with case workers and/or caregivers to obtain, record, and track relevant health information (physical, mental, developmental, behavioral, and dental) for a child in foster care in the hopes of obtaining improved outcomes.

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