Foster Care Adoption

Considering Concurrent Planning: Is It Right for You? – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Concurrent planning makes a promise to a child: When you enter foster care you will be placed with only one family and that family will see you through reunification with your family, or if reunification is not safe or possible, the foster family will adopt you. It’s can be hard on the parents but it’s a wonderful option for children who won’t have to move if they…

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What’s So Special About Peace House – Foster Parents Article

Before Emerson could go home to her adoptive family, she needed to have heart surgery in China. While recovering, she stayed at Holt’s donor-funded medical foster home in Beijing, where the love and care she received made such a difference — her mom can still see it, every day. When asked, adoptive mother Rachel Pace admits she doesn’t know a lot about the Peace House in China. Her 2-year-old daughter, Emerson, stayed at Holt’s medical foster home for only a…

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Life Skills – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

Hope will be 18 in a few weeks and in 12 short weeks, she will be off to college. It’s all very exciting, and in some ways, I am a little surprised that she’s not pulling away from me a little. But, no. She’s not pulling away at all. In fact, my lovely daughter is more attached to me than a barnacle. She wants to watch TV with me. She wants to go to the gym with me and use…

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The Lion’s Den | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

The sound of her voice sets my teeth on edge. The children’s older biological sister, M, is difficult for me to stomach. I am caught between my instinct to get her away from my children and the idea that I should try to maintain their original sibling bonds. It’s hard for me to do. Contact with her is something the children are entitled to. She isn’t a danger to them. She’s just…herself. I know that if I keep them from…

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Coping with Fear of the Unknown When Adopting – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit. When most of us think about becoming a parent, we dream of a healthy child. We may not expect perfection, but sure hope that our child does not have significant special needs. So how do you cope with the fear of the unknown when adopting? What if this child has an undiagnosed mental illness, what if this child was exposed to alcohol or drugs…

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Redbox Steps Up to Help Children in Foster Care Come Home – Foster Parents Article

Watch Instant Family on DVD and help Redbox & WACAP Last fall, the movie Instant Family was released in theaters. Inspired by the writer/director’s own experience as a parent who adopted a sibling group from foster care, the story was a surprisingly honest and unflinching look at the foster care system, both hilarious and heartbreaking. As we move closer to the April 1st merger of WACAP (World Association of Children and Parents) into the Holt family, we grow increasingly excited about our expanding role in offering solutions…

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A Whirlwind Adoption – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

A rush to finalize before a teen turns 18 On a cold Thursday in January, Jeff received the call that started a flurry of events to adopt his fourth son. He had been home study approved for about a year and a half and was specifically waiting for a teen who needed a family. “When I started fostering and adopting a few decades ago, I had the perspective that you should start as young as you can and do what…

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Join us for Fidgety Fairy Tales, The Mental Health Musicals – Foster Parents Article

Come join us Monday, April 8 for Fidgety Fairy Tales This year Minnesota Association for for Children’s Mental Health joins us again in their 11th musical where familiar fairy tales are re-imagined to raise awareness about children’s mental health. With great music and gentle humor, this hour-long musical is fun for the whole family. This year’s stories include: Puss in Boots (Autism) Mary Had a Little Lamb (Anxiety) The Ants and the Grasshopper (ADHD) Tickets are free, but seating is…

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A Millennial’s Guide to Foster Care and Adoption – Foster Parents Article

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I’d be married to my high school sweetheart and have two kids at 25, I would have said, “You’re nuts.” But, that’s exactly what happened. I met my husband in the summer of 2008. We were 17 and just about to start our senior year of high school. We attended different high schools, enrolled in different colleges and pursued completely different career paths. Through it all, we had each other…

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Meet Thelma | A Teen at Risk of Aging Out – Foster Parents Article

Every year over 23,000 kids age out of U.S. foster care. Please take a moment to get to know a few of the kids that need to match with families before it’s too late. Thelma is a very social teen who will turn 18 this summer. She loves to meet new people—her dry and sarcastic sense of humor can make anyone laugh! Nights of hanging out with friends, talking and watching movies are her favorite.  Thelma is preparing for life…

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