World Wide Wednesday – February 10, 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, March 4, 2015

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

  • Video: Family Reunites Adopted Daughter With Her Foster Sister.
  • Blog post: The Sons Who Were Never Really Mine
  • Input Sought from Transracial Adoptees: A researcher at the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas is seeking input from transracial adoptees from the U.S. who are 18 years old or older. The survey will explore the value that adoptive parents place on their child’s birth culture and ethnic identity and how it affects the child’s ethnic identity development and sense of belonging and acceptance.
  • Former Foster Youth Missing Out on New Health Care Benefits: A little-known clause of the Affordable Care Act that went into effect this January makes young adults who experienced foster care eligible to be insured until their 26th birthday. But according to this Youth Today article, many young people are not aware of the benefit. Read the article in Youth Today and see this tip sheet for child welfare advocates.

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World Wide Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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

  • From Foster Care to Freshman YearBy the time she aged out of foster care, Jasmine Uqdah had spent nearly half her life in the system. On a summer day in 2008, Uqdah grabbed her duffel bag and two small garbage bags, and she stuffed everything she owned inside. Uqdah was one of the more than 20,000 young people who age out of foster care in the U.S. every year. For most, the outcomes aren’t great. They’re heading out into the world with next to nothing — no family, no money, no support.
  • 10 Adoption Myths DebunkedAdoption can be mysterious. Many of us have relied on Lifetime movies and anecdotes of the most rare situations in adoption to define it. As a result, there are many myths that swirl around adoption. The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. The information that follows is applicable to domestic and foster care adoptions, rather than international adoption. 
  • Gay and lesbian foster, adoptive parents needed as research participants
    Participants must be:

    • A foster or adoptive parent
    • Adopted from a state child welfare agency
    • Fostered or adopted in the last five years
    • Attempted to become a foster or adoptive parent in the last five years
    • Available for approximately three hours

    If interested in participating in this study, contact Lisa Hines, Ph.D. principal investigator and faculty member at Wichita State University at 316-978-3278 or Lisa.Hines@Wichita.edu.

  • CedarWorks plans to ‘Play It Forward’ in 2015. CedarWorks, a Maine-based playset manufacturer, has teamed up again this year with the National Foster Parent Association to Play It Forward! The company will award several foster families with free playsets for their children to enjoy. Entry forms are now available and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on March 16. Two rounds of awards will be given to several lucky families — announcements will occur no later than May 11 and Sept. 14, respectively. “Kids just need to be kids and should have the opportunity to experience old-fashioned play on a playset that is strong, safe and fun,” said CedarWorks President Barrett Brown. “Quite simply, we believe in kids and the people who invest in them.” To enter the Play It Forward contest, you must be a foster parent and a member of the National Foster Parent Association. Applications are available here or at www.nfpaonline.org.

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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, January 21, 2015

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

  •  Life after foster care: Mentors help teens prepare. “Having someone to love you and all that stuff — I don’t get that.”

    Felix Louis Rivera Medina spoke with a shrug, a matter-of-fact gesture about his life. He is 18 years old and about to age out of Brown County’s foster care system. He has never had a stable home, has been in and out of jail, has no contact with his parents. (Continue reading.)

  • Helping adopted children cope with grief and loss. Adoption involves loss. Resources in this section can help families understand and help their adopted children deal with the loss and grief associated with adoption.
  • Adoption at the Movies. “Annie”

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World Wide Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

  •  Youth in Foster Care Share Their School Experiences. In 12 fast-paced pages, this report shares the stories of 10 young people who faced constant hurdles and havoc while trying to advance their education in foster care.
  • The Post-Adoption Life: Supporting Adoptees, Birth Parents, and Families After Adoption. It’s important to recognize that adoption is a lifelong experience, and acknowledge the challenges for many of those touched by it. In the December 2014 issue of NCFA’s Adoption Advocate, authors Kris Faasse, Sarah Horton Bobo, and Angela Magnuson outline some of the ways that adoption service providers can help adoptees, adoptive family members, and birth family members find and remain connected to vital, long-term support within the broader adoption community.
  • You Don’t Have to Adopt to Make a Huge Impact on the Life of a Foster Child. (Read the article.)
  • The Tax Realities of Adoption. While the children adopted in 2014 have brought joy to their adoptive families, they have also brought new tax realities for them. Here are some often asked questions about the Adoption Credit on federal income taxes.

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World Wide Wednesday, January 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:

  •  New Website: Advocates for Families First. This organization provides information, direct technical assistance, one-on-one and group education to developing or existing foster, adoptive or kinship family support, and advocacy organizations. Their mission is to build a unified national movement in support of kinship, foster, and adoptive families who care for children and youth, promote their healing, and help them thrive.
  • Trauma Informed Care: New Online Tool. The Georgetown University, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health  and others have recently completed a new free online tool entitled, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources. The tool aims to support state and local decision-makers, administrators, providers, parents, and youth and family advocates to become more trauma informed. It includes video interviews, issue briefs, key resources and links that will be updated monthly to keep up with new developments in the field. This FREE tool is now live and available for your use.
  • PATHS Program Helps Transition to Adulthood after Foster Care. Nineteen-year-old Brianna Deprey, of Algoma, Wisconsin, is getting help on her way to independence thanks to a new federally funded four-county pilot program. When Deprey was growing up, her grandmother obtained court-ordered kinship custody due to problems with alcohol and substance abuse in her home. Now that she is a young adult, she has yet to find a stable home environment. (Continue reading.)
  • Adoptive Parents Need to be Supported to Help Their Child Grieve for the Past. Children in the adoptive system will have suffered separation, loss and trauma. The child’s “journey” through this process is explained first to adopters and then to children, when they reach maturity, through court reports produced by social workers. The creation of a “life story” book with this information in can help the child understand what has happened to them, where they have lived, who has cared for them and the decisions that have happened in their lives. (Continue reading.)

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