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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“Saving JED”

I was reading the August 26 issue of PEOPLE magazine last night and came across a story titled “Saving Jed.” The teaser text read:Jed

“Horribly abused as a child, the trouble teen had no hope of finding a home – until Billy Maddalon and Brooks Shelley vowed to make him their son.”

It’s a short story, but a moving one. There is also a story on the NBC affiliate web page from Charlotte, NC. Did anyone else see and read the story? What are your thoughts?