Open adoption brings up many feelings within all members of the adoption community. It can elicit fear and uncertainty as well as comfort and hope. Many adoptive families are concerned that open adoption can lead into a situation that feels like co-parenting. To address this, adoption professionals (social workers, attorneys, adoption agencies) work to support adoptive parents as the parents of the child, and the birth parents as important people in the child’s life. No two open adoptions are alike, and adoptive families can work together with their adoption professionals and birth family to come up with an agreement that works for everyone.
Are you a child welfare worker who is doing more work with fewer resources and compensation? Are you seeing more clients who have greater needs, and is your work place less flexible? Do you often feel driven and preoccupied with work related issues that sometimes keep you up at night?. Do you feel so much pressure that you can’t catch your breath or keep up with all the demands? If you have answered “yes” to these questions, you may be suffering from stress and burnout.
Nothing makes us happier than hearing from the families who have worked with us. Jeffrey and Dorene were placed with a brother and sister in October, 2010 and they recently finalized their adoption!
The new parents shared the following story with us…
From a very early age, my parents instilled in me a sense of respect and compassion for the animal world which I have carried into my adult life and tried to nurture in my own children. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have cats purring at my feet or dogs greeting me at the door at the end of each day. My love of animals has enriched my life in immeasurable ways, so when my then nine year old daughter announced that she wanted to start taking horseback riding lessons, I enthusiastically supported her interest. Secretly, however, I worried about the financial investment (horseback riding is not cheap), her level of commitment (her track record in the extra-curricular activity department was less than stellar), and most importantly, whether or not she would be safe.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is due to be released in theaters this Thursday, May 26. In this second installment of the Kung Fu Panda Series, Po is living a peaceful new life as The Dragon Warrior when his idyllic world is threatened by a villain named Lord Shen, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to take over China and destroy Kung Fu. With his friends and fellow Kung Fu Masters, The Furious Five (Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey) by his side, Po must face and destroy the evil villain. In order to save China, Po embarks on a journey to find his biological father and discovers along the way what makes a family “real”.
Did you know that foster parents in DC have to provide twenty four hour care to children in foster care? Only another foster parent can provide care to foster children and when care is provided, the primary foster parent has to pay the respite foster parents for services.
After one year in the foster care system, a child’s probability of being adopted drops by 50%, and continues to steadily drop the longer a child waits. Teens in foster care have a very high risk of aging out of foster care without ever having the opportunity to be adopted. This means that they will never have that sense of belonging within a family that every young person deserves to have. They may never have anyone to go to with a problem, in a crisis, or with whom to celebrate a holiday or their birthday.
In the AdoptionWorks program, the very first meeting between an older child in foster care and their prospective adoptive parents is both very exciting as well as highly anxiety producing for the child as well as the adults! We love when there is a positive story to share and just had to share this one with you.
The 16th Annual Family Connections Conference was held on Saturday, March 26th at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, MD with close to 120 people in attendance.
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