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About.com Adoption/Foster Care: Most Popular Articles



These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:09:14 +0000

 



12 Common Reasons Children Enter Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Sadly, many homes have more than one of the following issues and a child enters the foster care system for numerous reasons.



Questions to Ask Before Taking a Foster Child

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When 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.



How Adult Adoption Works

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Is it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States?



6 Reasons People Adopt

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

How to take the motivation to adopt and make a decision for you and your family.



Foster Care Basics

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Everything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent.



Searching for Birth Parents and the Adoptive...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

So, 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?



5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Child

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

While 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.



6 Skills You Should Master Before Becoming a...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Basic 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.



Is Foster Parent Income Considered a Salary?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Foster parents receive payment, but they can't consider this as salary. The money is a subsidy intended to provide for the care of children they take in.



Prepare for Potential Problems with Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Thoughts on how foster care can be challenging including links to more resources on how to deal with the challenges.



What You Should Know About Foster Care Subsidies

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

What is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?



Why Do Some Foster Children Have to Endure...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Many foster children bounce from foster home to foster home due to disruptions. Here is a list of common reasons foster parents disrupt on placements.



Reasons Not to Adopt

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When you explore the idea of adopting a child, make sure your reason isn't on this list of red flags. If any apply to you, settle them before you move on.



Ways You Can Help Kids in Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

If 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.



Respite Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Sometimes 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.



9 Things to Consider Before Fostering Children

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Points to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.



What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Factors that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.



Are You Really Ready to Adopt a Child?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues.



Celebrate Holidays with Foster Children

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Here are 8 ideas of things to get done with your foster children before Christmas gets here.



Pros and Cons of Adopting Foster Kids

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When 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.



How to Know When a Waiting Child Is Not a Good...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Points 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.



Foster Care Record Keeping Printable Worksheets

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A 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.



Are You Considering Respite Foster Care? Here...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When one foster family temporarily cares for another family's foster children, this is respite care. It gives the original foster family a short break.



Creating a Life Book for Your Foster or Adopted...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

How to create a life book for your foster or adopted child.



10 Ways to Prepare for Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Are 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.



How to Explain a Move to a Foster Child

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

One 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.



5 Challenges Of Foster Care

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Being 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.



7 Common Adoption Myths Debunked

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Let'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.



What's the Difference Between Foster Care and...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Foster care and adoption both involve bringing a child into your home to care for and nurture. But there are two fundamental differences.



Basics to Family Reunification

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Social workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.



Complete a Foster Care Adoption

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Many adoptive parents choose foster care adoption. This is a great way to help the thousands of children who wait in foster care for years.



Why Choose an Open Adoption?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

While 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.



Tips for Black Hair Care for Your Adopted Child

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Learn how to care for your African American child's hair with these simple black hair care tips and steps.



How to Become a Foster Parent

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

While 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.



Best Ideas for a Life Book for Your Adopted or...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Ideas on what to include and how to balance the good and the bad for your foster or adopted child's life book.



Top 5 Reasons Open Adoptions Can Be Good

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Open 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.



How the Adoption and Safe Families Act Affects...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

The Adoption and Safe Families Act requires that states balance family preservation and reunification with the safety of children placed in foster care.



What Is Family Visitation Within the Foster...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Understanding the process of family visitation and how it works within the foster care system.



What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Information and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980, which brought about major changes to help children & families remain strong and intact.



Summer Vacation and Foster Children

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Consider these points when deciding whether to include a foster child in your family vacation plans this summer.



International or Domestic Adoption? Part 2

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A short guide to help you decide if international or domestic adoption is right for you.



What Is the Foster Care System?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

What is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?



10 Things to Do to Help Find Family Separated...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

I 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.



Build a Good Relationship with Your Foster Care...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A few Ideas and things to think about when building working relationships between caseworkers and foster parents.



International or Domestic Adoption? Part 1

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A short guide to helping you decide if international or domestic adoption is best for you.



7 Russian Holiday Traditions to share with your...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Seven ways to help your adopted children celebrate Russian Christmas and Russian New Year through fun traditions.



Child Discipline Techniques

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.



The Basics of Gay Adoption

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Gays and lesbians have been adopting for a long time, but legislation has gradually changed, offering them more options than ever before.



Check Out This Book About a Young Boy's...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

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Closed Or Open Adoption?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Choosing between closed and open adoption maybe something you considering. Hopefully this will help you better understand your options.



9 Great Adoption Gifts

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

What would make a great adoption gift for someone who is an adoptive or foster parent? How about a birth parent? Try some of these ideas when needing the perfect adoption gift! Great ideas for adoption gifts for National Adoption Month, Mother's Day or Father's Day!



Single Women and Adoption: Overcoming Stereotypes

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

More single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of their challenges.



Adoption Party Ideas to Welcome a New Child

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Most every new parent looks forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant?



Considerations When Hosting an Adoption Baby...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.



Teaching Foster or Adopted Children How to...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

It'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.



Babies and Preschoolers: Foster Parent...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?



Learn the Necessary Elements of Starting the...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Before you take the first steps into the adoption process you may want to understand a bit of the adoption lingo that you will hear.



What You Should Know About an Adoption Home Study

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Adoption agencies want to know children are placed into safe, healthy and nurturing families and homes. Find out what to expect in the required home study.



How to Be a Great Foster Parent

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Great 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.



Different Foster Care Job Descriptions

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A brief description of each main role within a foster care agency and how foster parent scan best work with each staff member.



Can Parents with Terminated Rights Ever Seek...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Can a parent whose rights were terminated seek custody if the child hasn't been adopted yet? An Ohio court examines terminated parental rights.



What Is a Title IV-E Adoption Subsidy?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 provides federal subsidies to help encourage the adoption of special needs children.



Thoughtful Family Gift Ideas for Busy Foster...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.



Dave Pelzer's "The Lost Boy" -- An Inspiring...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

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How Foster Parents Impact the Life of a Foster...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Learn how foster parents can trigger positive and negative feelings in foster children.



7 Russian Easter Traditions to Share with Your...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Find ideas on how to help your Russian adopted child maintain their identity through keeping Russian Easter traditions.



What Is PRIDE Foster Parent Adoptive Parent...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.



First Few Weeks with a New Foster Child Advice

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive



Once You've Decided That Adoption Is Right for...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Making the decision to place your baby for adoption will be one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Once you've decided that adoption is right for your baby, what do you need to think about? What is the expectant mother and soon to be birth mother's next steps toward a baby adoption?



Adoption Poetry Is a Healthy Way to Work...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Adoption poems sent in by our readers. Some have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.



15 Activities for Adoption Support Groups

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

15 different activities for your adoption support group. Great ideas for family groups as well as children's groups.



Incident Report Form Printable Worksheet

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Example 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.



Ways to Help a Foster or Adopted Child's Grieving

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

We may feel helpless when our children are grieving a loss. Here are different ways to help our foster or adopted children with grieving.






How to Find Someone

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Many are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.



What is an Adoption Search Angel?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

How 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.



How to Write an Incident Report

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

You should fill out an incident report if an accident happens. Make it as truthful as possible and make sure to include these details.



Find the Perfect Adoption Baby Shower Game

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Here 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.



Who Can Be a Foster Parent?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Who 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?



10 Quick and Effective Bonding Activities for...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Fast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child.



Surviving Allegations as a Foster or Adoptive...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Handling allegations is just a part of being a foster parent. Here are a few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.



Landmark Cases in Adoption Law

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Eleven different court cases that have changed adoption law over the years. The following are the most persuasive adoption law cases that have affected courts across the nation.



My Reunion Story

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

The story of when I found out I had a big sister.



Birth Father Registries

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Are birth father registries planned out carefully enough to ensure birth father rights? Birth father rights are important and perhaps the registries are the best option available, but what changes need to be made to ensure that the father's are involved?



How to Create a Safety Plan Worksheet

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

How to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.



What a Group Home is Like

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A woman shares some experiences from when she lived in a group home for teens.



ManyHeartsOneBeat

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

A great online Website devoted to those within the adoption triad, gifts for adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents can be found.



Steps and Rules Involved in a Stepparent Adoption

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Stepparent adoption is a somewhat involved legal process. Learn about the crucial legal steps that must be followed.



Confidential Intermediary

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?



Understanding Grief and Loss in Children

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Children 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.



Marriage and Adoption - When You Disagree on...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Tips on resolving issues between couples when one wants to foster and adopt and the other does not.



Top 5 Christmas and Winter Movies with an...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Looking for a Christmas movie with an adoption theme? Here are a few movies for Christmas that will meet your needs.



Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?



Adoption Poems About Birth Mothers

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Mother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.



What Does It Mean to Foster a Child?

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Fostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.



I-600

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

The I-600 form is a part of the international adoption process. It classifies an orphan that has been or will be adopted by a U.S. citizen as an immediate relative to that citizen. The I-600 allows the child to enter the United States.



First Weeks Home with a Newly Adopted or Foster...

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

The first few weeks with a new foster or adopted child is very stressful. Here are few topics to focus on first.



Safety Plan Printable Worksheet

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 7.



Black Hairstyles for Foster or Adopted Children

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

When 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.



What Is an Adoption Search Angel? Find out Here

2016-12-05T11:09:14Z

Learn more about how to become an Adoption Search Angel and what to expect from utilizing a volunteer. Also find an available listing of search angels.