World Wide Wednesday – February 3, 2016

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

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World Wide Wednesday – December 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:

  • China’s New Two Child Policy – Will it impact intercountry adoption?
  • Recorded Webinar: We Never Outgrow the Need for Family
    This webinar
    from the Child Welfare Information Gateway highlighted the adoption story of Mary Lee Esq who inspired the creation of the Fostering Adoption to Further Student Achievement Act. It also showcased resources and tools for recruiting families for older youth, strategies to overcome common barriers to adoption, and examples of how to help older youth be open to the idea of being adopted.
  • Judge’s Rare Public Plea Finds Adoptive Family for Teen

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World Wide Wednesday – December 16, 2015

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

  • “The Love That Stayed” 
    The author fostered—and fell in love with—a little boy who was reunited with his birth family. Thirteen years later, she received an email that would turn her world upside down.
  • Part of bringing home a child from an institution or out-of-family care involves careful preparation.  When your new arrival has medical needs, the time to plan is before you travel!

    This week’s feature article, Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Bringing Home an Adoptive Child with Needs provides a checklist for families to consider and follow.

  • Illustration: We Never Outgrow the Need for Family – Children need love and encouragement throughout their lives.
  • “Of all the kids, they picked me!”
    At 15 years old, Crystalanne had given up on family. Until a couple in Texas spotted her profile on adoptuskids.org, and everything changed. Read her story.

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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, November 5, 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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  • The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have partnered to develop resources and guidance to support educators, child welfare professionals, and others in their work to improve the education and well-being outcomes for students in foster care. A dedicated webpage, Students in Foster Care, has been launched on the Department of Education’s website. This new webpage provides information on relevant laws, guidance, and technical assistance materials on topics ranging from the roles and responsibilities of child welfare and education agencies in ensuring the school stability of students in foster care to postsecondary education supports.
  • 6 Foster Care Skills You Need to Know Before Becoming a Foster Parent: The following 6 statements describe the basic knowledge base of successful foster parents. Of course there is more to being a foster parent, but these 6 points are a great place to start.
  • Families adopting older children via public or intercountry adoption face a unique set of challenges, as do the agencies that seek to serve and support them. In the October 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, former NCFA Legal Fellow Jamel Rowe collects and analyzes results from an older child adoption survey conducted in 2013 by Melissa Blauvelt and Rhonda Jarema. Participating adoptive families and adoption agencies identified several areas of concern, with a particular emphasis on pre-adoption preparation and post-adoption support.
  • Before You EXPLODE, Do This: A Simple Secret to Surviving the Tough Times in Foster Care and Adoption

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World Wide Wednesday – September 10, 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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  • Essay: There’s more than enough love in America to solve the foster care crisis.

  • Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: This factsheet discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can educate themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help.
  • Kid Hero blog post: Foster Care – It’s a Challenge Worth Taking.
  • Intercounty Adoption: Where Do I Start?: This factsheet provides an overview of the intercountry adoption process. Depending on your State, your adoption services provider, and the country from which you adopt, the steps in this adoption process may vary and may change over time. For example, some families will first select an adoption services provider; others will choose a country first. Meeting the legal requirements and then bringing your child home and adjusting to your new family are all covered in this factsheet.

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Izidor Ruckel: Quotes from Romania, Creating a Documentary

 The Incredible Story of a Romanian Orphan – Once Hidden from the World, Now Determined to Change it.

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Saturday March 1, 2014   2:00-4:00pm
Dorothy Goff Recital Hall, Shattuck Music Center
Carroll University Waukesha, WI

Sponsored by:

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To Register: Please contact Kim Westfahl, InterCountry Adoption Manager, Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper Michigan, Inc., (414)304-6920 or Kim.westfahl@lsswis.org

About the Presenter: Izidor Ruckel spent the first eleven years of his life hidden in Romania’s “Hospital of The Irrecoverable Children” where children with even minor disabilities were warehoused.  Izidor survived by his wits, his unbreakable spirit, and the kindness of some workers, until he escaped through adoption to America.  In this amazing presentation, Izidor will talk about his life in an overcrowded, abusive institution; the challenges he faced in moving to a new family; and his struggles through the tangled maze of adolescence and young adulthood. He will also share his dream and plan to make a difference the world, especially those children still living in the orphanages of Romania.

Izidor Ruckel is the author of Abandoned for Life and the Author and Producer of Given our Chance. He has been featured several times on ABC News 20/20 special television series:  Shame of a Nation. He traveled back to Romania with ABC News 20/20’s correspondent Tom Jerriel and crew in 2001 to investigate further. He is now determined to help those orphans left behind by investigating even further through traveling to Romania again and creating a documentary of his findings.

Location: The Dorothy Goff Recital Hall is located in the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University.  Carroll University is located at 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Map to Carroll UniversityFrom Chicago
Take I-94 north to Milwaukee. Exit on I-894 west and proceed to I-43 south (Beloit exit). Take I-43 to Hwy 164 (Waukesha-Big Bend exit). Exit Hwy 164 north. Proceed due north approximately seven miles to Carroll University. DO NOT follow Hwy 164 when it turns right at Hwy 59. Continue north and you will be on East Avenue. Shattuck Music Hall will be on your left, north of W. College Avenue and South of Wisconsin Ave/Broadway.

From Rockford
Take I-43 north to Hwy 164. Then follow directions from Chicago above.

From Milwaukee
Take I-94 west. Proceed past the Hwy 18 Waukesha exit. Exit on Hwy F south (Exit 295). Cross Moreland Boulevard and continue south on Hwy 18 West (North Street) to Barstow Street which is 2.5 miles south of I-94. Turn left on Barstow Street. Barstow Street will dead end at College Avenue. Turn left on W. College Avenue, then turn left on East Avenue.  Shattuck Music Hall will be on your left, north of W. College Avenue and South of Wisconsin Avenue/Broadway.

From Madison
Take I-94 east and exit on Hwy F south (Exit 295). Then follow directions from Milwaukee.

Cost: A free will donation will be collected at the door.  All proceeds will benefit Izidor Ruckel’s new journey and documentary to Romania. If you are unable to attend, or would like to make a donation in advance of the event, visit http://www.abandonedforlife.com/donate.html