Foster Care Adoption

Infographic: Aging Out of Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

Transitioning from childhood to young adulthood includes plenty of challenges, but for youth aging out of foster care, the challenges are even greater. 23,000 kids in the U.S. will age out of foster care this year. National studies have shown that within two to four years of leaving foster care at age 18: 25% won’t graduate from high school. 50% will develop a substance dependence. 70% of young women will become pregnant. 60% of young men will be convicted of…

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Infographic | Foster Care in Minnesota – Foster Parents Article

May is National Foster Care Month across the U.S. According to the Children’s Bureau “it’s a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.” The primary purpose of foster care, also known as out-of-home care, is to provide a safe and stable environment for a child who cannot be with his or her parents. There is an urgent need for families to be licensed to care for…

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Foster Care During COVID-19 | Holt International Blog – Foster Parents Article

Greg Eubanks, Holt’s VP for U.S. foster care and adoption, shares how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting foster families and children this National Foster Care Awareness Month — and why we urgently need new families to say ‘yes’ to fostering.  None of us imagined it would feel ‘normal’ to carry out our work in isolation, particularly when that work is so focused on human interaction and relationships. In Holt’s foster care program, we work every day with vulnerable children as…

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Our COVID-19 Response – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

Because we care about you, our staff and the greater community we have taken precautionary actions to mitigate exposure to COVID-19. Our team will communicate with people directly regarding personal appointments or changes to service. A note for current clients: We expect staff to remain available, but In-office staff are limited, in lieu of this please scan and email documentation, when possible, to your worker. Outside of the travel restrictions outlined below, our international programs are still accepting applications, working…

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Adoption Medicine Clinic Stress Reduction and Wellness Study – Foster Parents Article

Dr. Eckerle and the Adoption Medicine Clinic are inviting parents and their adopted children to join a first-of-its-kind study to evaluate the benefits of practicing mind/body stress reduction techniques within adoptive families. What is the opportunity? Attend an educational group coaching session each week for 8 consecutive weeks and learn mind/body skills to increase self-awareness and reduce stress reactions. These include: meditation, deep breathing, normalizing experiences, movement and more. how long may i participate? Each educational group coaching session (parents…

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Top 10 Family & Adoption Videos of 2019 – Foster Parents Article

As we look back at the stories we shared in 2019, these 10 videos left the biggest impression on our followers — and on us. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a video or a story that you think would be good for us to share? Send it danielh@holtinternational.org!   This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by Daniel Hespen Read Full Parenting Article

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Adopting from Foster Care Requires Love, Education & Support – Foster Parents Article

Connie has a pretty simple answer to the question, why did you adopt? Her response, “We have big hearts and we have big hope.” Over the last 25 years, she and her husband Blair have adopted eight children through foster care and private adoptions. Their growing family doesn’t stop there—they are now grandparents as well. “We also keep in touch with some of our kids’ original families and foster families. Our eldest daughter has been in contact with her birth…

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Tips for Finding an Adoption-Competent Therapist – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit. Google does not feel like your friend right now. A quick search for “adoption therapist” yields a lot of links. How do you know which are trustworthy resources? Asking your adoption community is of some help, but none of the names that keep popping up in conversation are familiar to you. How do you find an adoption competent therapist to help you navigate your…

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Meet a Social Teen Waiting for a Supportive Family – Foster Parents Article

Genesis is “the most social person I’ve ever met,” declares his Child-Specific Recruiter, Diana. “Within seconds you’ll fall in love with him.” This is because this 16 year old waiting in Minnesota foster care shows genuine interest in everyone he meets. “He’s very concerned about how people are doing. Every time we get together he asks how I’ve been doing. Even though he has been going through so much, he focuses on the interests and concerns of others. He’s such…

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We are an Adoption Success Story. And it’s still Hard. – Foster Parents Article

November is National Adoption Awareness month and over the years we’ve been an adoptive family, my feelings about this month have run the gamut. In the beginning, I just wanted to post beautiful pictures of my beautiful kids and acknowledge what an amazing thing adoption is in my life. Adoption made me a mother and for that I will be forever grateful. But as my kids have gotten older and have been able to express their own feelings about adoption,…

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