Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:09:27 +0000
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIs it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZSadly, many homes have more than one of the following issues and a child enters the foster care system for numerous reasons.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhen a foster parent gets a call to take in a new foster child, it can be a bit overwhelming. Foster parents know they should ask certain questions, but they seem to leave our minds. Here are a list of basic questions that foster parents can ask social workers when they get a call about a foster child being placed in their home.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZSo, your child is searching for birth parents. Should an adoption reunion always be bad news for adoptive parents? Some adoptees and birth parents feel that adoptive parents have no place in an adoption reunion. How would you feel if your child was searching for birth parents?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZEverything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHow to take the motivation to adopt and make a decision for you and your family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZBasic foster care skills needed to become a foster parent that does great work with children. Information on being a foster parent, the needs of foster children, and state profiles on agencies.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZA quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhile everyone may have their own motivation to explore adoption, the core of the desire for a family to adopt should be based on something deeper.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhat is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMany foster children bounce from foster home to foster home due to disruptions. Here is a list of common reasons foster parents disrupt on placements.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThoughts on when a motivation to adopt a child may not be in the child or family's best interest.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThoughts on how foster care can be challenging including links to more resources on how to deal with the challenges.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFactors that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZA large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZSometimes foster parents just need a break and respite can be a great option. Find tips on how to prepare for respite weekends for foster children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZOne of the hardest tasks as a foster parent is to tell a child in foster care that he is moving to a new foster home. Learn a few tips to help you with this emotional task.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIf you are unable to do foster care at this time, what other ways can you help foster children? We have several ideas for you that will help foster children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhen deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZPoints to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZUnderstanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHow to create a lifebook for your child.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn how to care for African American hair. Simple black hair care tips and steps to caring for African American hair.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMany adoptive parents choose foster care adoption. This is a great way to help the thousands of children who wait in foster care for years.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIdeas on what to include and how to balance the good and the bad for your foster or adopted child's life book.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZOpen adoption can be a scary thought. But, it can also be an amazing experience. Here are the TOP 5 reason an open adoption may be the right choice for you.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZAre you looking to foster parent in the future? Prepare now with these ten easy steps of ways to prepare to work with children in need.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZPoints when considering if a child is the right child for your family. Tips on how to tell if an adoption match is not the right fit.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZInformation and goals of The Adoption and Safe Families Act(ASFA). PL 105-89, strengthened and enhanced the goals of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhen deciding on whether or not to become a foster parent, it's important to consider the impact foster children will have on your home and children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZI asked the adoption search angels here on About.com on what they would tell a searcher to do when trying to find family separated by adoption. They were all very clear on the first steps and had specific advice for those searching. Here are some things you can do first to find family members.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhile each state is different in the trainings offered and requirements mandated for foster homes, the starting point is basic enough that we can come up with a quick list of steps to take toward becoming a foster parent.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZBefore you take the first steps into the adoption process you may want to understand a bit of the adoption lingo that you will hear.
2016-10-28T11:09:27Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Buy on Amazon
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZOne of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZInformation on the foster and adoptive parent training class.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhile it can be a tricky arrangement, an open adoption is often in the child's best interest. Here are a few pros and cons to choosing an open adoption.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIt's important that we teach our foster or adoptive child how to answer questions that school children can ask about being adopted or in foster care. It's also important for the kids to know how to keep things private and not to tell too much information at school. Prepare for back to school with the use of cover stories and knowing how to answer the hard questions that some school children can ask.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZSocial workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZGay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZUnderstanding the process of family visitation and how it works within the foster care system.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZBeing a foster parent does not come without some challenges. Let's take a look at 5 common challenges and what you can do about them.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMost every new parent looks forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZA short guide to helping you decide if international or domestic adoption is best for you.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZInformation and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980, which brought about major changes to help children & families remain strong and intact.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIdeas from past experiences as myself and my foster parent friends have tried to build working partnerships with our case workers. Ideas for case workers and foster parents to build working relationships.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZExample of an incident report form for foster and adoptive parents. Use this incident report form when attempting effective written documentation for foster or adoptive record keeping. Page 8.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZYou should fill out an incident report if an accident happens. Make it as truthful as possible and make sure to include these details.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWho can be a foster parent? It's open to almost everyone. Foster parents are needed all over the world. Are you ready to be a foster parent and help a foster child?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThey may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhat is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZGreat foster parents know that being great means utilizing different child discipline techniques to manage challenging behaviors. Learn more about being a great foster parent and how to best help foster children with their behaviors through child discipline.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLet's take a look at 7 common myths about adoption. Let's explore the truth that exists behind each one and help you better understand adoption.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child. Here are 10 five minute bonding activities to try at home.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMany are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThe Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer review
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZCan a parent whose rights were terminated seek custody if the child hasn't been adopted yet? An Ohio court examines the limits of terminated parental rights.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWe may feel helpless when our children are grieving a loss. Here are different ways to help our foster or adopted children with grieving.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZAdoption poems sent in by our readers. Some have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZA short guide to help you decide if international or domestic adoption is right for you.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFoster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHow to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMore single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of the challenges for those who choose single parent adoption.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZA few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWho are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn the basic steps to completing a step parent adoption. Contacting an adoption lawyer is a good first step as each State handles step parent adoptions differently.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFree foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 7.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhile it all may be part of a child's life story, but are there some things that are best left out of a lifebook? Yes.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZOne of the major reasons people don't pursue adoption is the cost of adoption, especially international adoption. Many every day people have added to their family through adoption without going flat broke. Here are a few ways to help with adoption costs
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn how foster parents can trigger positive and negative feelings in foster children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZLearn more about the different needs of children waiting for an adoptive home. Are these needs you can help meet for a child?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThe first few weeks with a new foster or adopted child is very stressful. Here are few topics to focus on first.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhat is an adoption home study? Why is it needed? What does an adoption home study include? Can I be better prepared for it?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMy top picks of family foster care blogs. Find families who do foster care adoption as well as straight family foster care. Bloggers include lesbian and gay foster parent to foster dads to foster parents of gay teens. This is a diverse group with knowledge to share.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHere are 8 ideas of things to get done with your foster children before Christmas gets here.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHow to get started searching with an Adoption Search Angel. Check to see if there is a free adoption search angel available in your area of search.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZNot every prospective adoptive parent is about the cute babies that are available for adoption. Some prefer an older child adoption. Learn a few reasons why.
2016-10-28T11:09:27Z15 different activities for your adoption support group. Great ideas for family groups as well as children's groups.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZPlan a needed break this summer with a family vacation, but should foster children go with you? Consider these points when deciding whether to include a foster child in your family vacation plans this summer.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFree foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 4.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFostering connections with the birth family is extremely important to family reunification. Find ideas to help form a bond between foster parents and birth family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFree foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 6.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZMother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhen I provided respite foster care for my best friend's foster children, I was completely intimidated by the upkeep of their black hairstyles. Find easy and less intimidating black hairstyles for your foster or adopted children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZCan an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZChoosing between closed and open adoption maybe something you considering. Hopefully this will help you better understand your options.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHere are several baby shower game ideas and tips for those adoption baby shower hosts and hostesses. Many of these options may require your creative touch to ensure that these baby shower games are adoption friendly and fun.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZHow many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFurther explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhat is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZThe older child adoption brings it's own challenges. Find different ideas on what these unique opportunities may look like and how to handle them at home.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZWhat are the reasons for and against placing a child for adoption? Things to think about for both the expectant/unwed mother and expectant/unwed father. Page 2.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZChildren in adoption or foster care, experience the grief and loss of their birth families and much more. Learn more about the grief and loss of foster or adopted children.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZAre you done providing foster care or do you just need a break? Explore different options as you continue to become a strong foster family.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZFoster parents often have important information that needs to be shared with the court system. Writing a court report may be scary, but an important task as a foster parent.
2016-10-28T11:09:27ZIdeas on how to begin your foster or adopted child's lifebook.