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About.com Adoption/Foster Care: Most Popular Articles



These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +0000

 



10 Ways for Grandparents to Welcome a Foster...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Get some tips on grandparents and foster children.



How Adult Adoption Works

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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?



12 Common Reasons Children Enter Foster Care

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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, 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.



Foster Care 101

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Everything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent. Know that regulations differ from state to state and country to country, but the basics and needs of the children are very much the same.



6 Skills You Should Master Before Becoming a...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Searching for Birth Parents and the Adoptive...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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?



What Is the Salary for Foster Care?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

A quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.



The Challenges of Being a Foster Parent

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



6 Reasons People Adopt

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



What You Should Know About Foster Care Subsidies

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Child

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Why Do Some Foster Children Have to Endure...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



10 Reasons You Shouldn't Adopt a Child

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Thoughts on when a motivation to adopt a child may not be in the child or family's best interest.



What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



9 Things to Consider Before Fostering Children

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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 with this emotional task.



How to Prepare for Respite

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Ways You Can Help Kids in Foster Care

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Foster Care Record Keeping Printable Worksheets

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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 Really Ready to Adopt a Child?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues before you answer the big one, is adoption right for you and your family?



What Is Respite Foster Care?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Caring for Your African American or Biracial...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Learn how to care for African American hair. Simple black hair care tips and steps to caring for African American hair.



How Does Providing Foster Care Affect Children...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



10 Steps to Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

How to create a lifebook for your child.



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What Are the Steps to Family Reunification...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



5 Challenges Of Foster Care

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What Is the Adoption and Safe Families Act?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Information 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.



Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



10 Ways to Prepare for Foster Care

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What Is Family Visitation Within the Foster...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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How to Become a Foster Parent

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



7 Common Adoption Myths Debunked

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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 Is PRIDE Foster Parent Adoptive Parent...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.



Book Review: The Lost Boy

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer review



How to Be a Great Foster Parent

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



First Few Weeks with a New Foster Child Advice

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Best Ideas on How to Complete a Lifebook for...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Top 5 Reasons Open Adoptions Can Be Good

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Incident Report Form Printable Worksheet

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Teaching Foster or Adopted Children How to...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Build a Good Relationship with Your Foster Care...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Ideas 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.



What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



How to Find Someone

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Adoption Poetry Is a Healthy Way to Work...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



How to Write an Incident Report

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Who Can Be a Foster Parent?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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?



Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Things to...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



The Basics to Gay Adoption

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.



Steps to a Step Parent Adoption

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Learn 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.



What Is an Adoption Welcome Party?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Most every new parent, especially moms, look forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant? That's when the host or hostess would throw an adoption welcome party. Learn more about hosting the perfect welcome party.



First Few Weeks Home with a New Adopted Child

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Before You Start the Adoption Process

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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 is an adoption homestudy? What is a dossier? How should I choose my adoption agency? There is a lot to consider when diving into the adoption process of an international or domestic adoption.



I-600

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What to Do When Allegations Have Been Made...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

A few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.



Why Choose an Open Adoption?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What Is the Foster Care System?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



International or Domestic Adoption? Part 1

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



How to Create a Safety Plan

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



10 Quick and Effective Bonding Activities for...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Fast 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.



Find the Perfect Adoption Baby Shower Game

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



Avoiding Communication Problems Between Foster...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Learn tips on how to avoid communication problems by establishing roles and expectations.



How to Host an Adoption Baby Shower

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

An adoption baby shower is a great way to welcome a new child into the family. Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.



What is an Adoption Search Angel?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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.



What Is an Adoptive Mother?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Who are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?



Should You Take a Foster Child with You on...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Plan 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.



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



International or Domestic Adoption? Part 2

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Book Review: The 5 Love Languages

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Utilizing the 5 love languages developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family. Learn some parenting ideas that fulfill the 5 love languages.



Can Parents with Terminated Rights Ever Seek...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Can 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.



Understanding Each Role within a Foster Care...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Poems

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Foster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.



Top 8 Foster Care Adoption Blogs

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

My 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.



What Is an Adoption Subsidy?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

What is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?



Single Women and Adoption: Overcoming Stereotypes

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

More 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.



What You Should Know About Adoption Home Study

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

What is an adoption home study? Why is it needed? What does an adoption home study include? Can I be better prepared for it?



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

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Creating a Healthy Adoption with an Older...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

The 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.



How Many U.S. Children Have Gay Parents?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

How many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.



Adoption Poems About Birth Mothers

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



9 Great Adoption Gifts

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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!



Adoptive Parents

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

A definition of the term adoptive parent.



Before You Celebrate the Holidays with Your...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



The Advantages and Disadvantages of Baby...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Not 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.



What Does It Mean to Foster a Child?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Establishing Yourself as a Parent

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.



Confidential Intermediary

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



How Much Does an Adoption Cost?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

A break down of adoption cost by type of adoption. How much does a baby adoption cost? Learn the basics to adoption with this quick lesson in adoption costs.



Adoption Grants and Loans May Help with the...

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

The cost of adoption can scare many prospective adoptive parents away. Here is a guide to organizations that offer adoption grants and loans to families.



What Is PS-MAPP Foster Parent Training Class?

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

PS-MAPP is just one foster parent training curriculum utilized by foster agencies to help prepare families for working with foster children and birth families.



One Birth Mother's Open Adoption Story

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation.



Birth Father Registries

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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?



Meeting Your New Foster Child

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Learn some tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.



15 Activities for Adoption Support Groups

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

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



Monthly Foster Care Printable Worksheet

2016-09-28T11:10:00Z

Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 4.