Featured children, new family story, your questions answered
Featured children, new family story, sibling relationships
Featured children, interstate and transracial adoptions, child welfare news
I went to an orientation night for becoming a foster parent, and social services said all of the children in care have experienced trauma. It can’t really be all of the children, can it?
Unfortunately, it is true that all children in care have experienced some form of trauma. The very act of entering foster care is often traumatic for children, because it means the loss of their birth family and often friends, schoolmates, teachers, and everything that is familiar.
The good news is that many children are amazingly resilient. You can help them recover.
Experienced parents tell us that learning about trauma, being open to solving problems in new ways, meeting children where they are, and not taking things personally are among the keys to successfully helping a child heal from their experiences.
Read more about understanding trauma on our website and find tips for recognizing and treating trauma on Child Welfare Information Gateway (140 KB PDF).
I just sent our family’s home study to the worker of a brother and sister we are interested in adopting. How long should I wait to follow up with her?
We recommend following up with a child’s worker two weeks after your home study has been sent to confirm that the worker has received it, and then once each month if your family is being considered for the child.
New to AdoptUSKids and wondering about registering your family to use the site?
If you have a foster-to-adopt home study and are working with an agency, you can register on our site to search for and inquire about photolisted children and create a family profile. Learn more about how families use our photolisting.
In six years as a foster and adoptive parent, Steve Combs has learned the importance of understanding trauma, getting kids talking, and planning for the future.
Read Steve’s advice for other parents in this new profile on our website.
Michael | Age: 16 | Tennessee
Michael is a respectful young man with an easygoing personality and a positive outlook on life. He enjoys sports, such as basketball and football, reading and writing, and playing action-oriented video games.
Michael is very interested in space and astronomy and is currently involved in Junior ROTC. He is enjoying this involvement so much that he is considering going into the Air Force.
Michael loves animals and is open to becoming part of a family that has other children. He has done very well being a big brother.
Michael is hoping for a family that will support his dreams and enjoys doing things together. Could it be yours? Read more.
Deanna'Marie, Dequarius, and Shermon | Ages: 13, 11, 10 | Ohio
Deanna is an outgoing girl who is always smiling and laughing. With an interest in art, Deanna loves to make imaginative creations out of everyday objects she finds around the house. She also likes to sing and dance and hopes to join the cheerleading squad at school.
Dequarius and Shermon have many shared interests. Both boys love to play chess and play drums in church. Dequarius also plays the trumpet in his school band. Both brothers are in Boy Scouts and are great students, earning spots on the honor roll last year.
These children are currently separated, and what they want most in life is to be back together. Read more
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With her nonprofit organization, Suitcases of Hope, foster care alum and adoptee Ashley Rivera gives children in care basic living essentials—along with a bit of inspiration. Read more about Ashley in this Independent Tribune article.
A “family wanted” appeal from brothers and sisters hoping to be adopted together that appeared in the Kansas City Star triggered hundreds of inquiries and 1,500 emails to their agency. Read a follow-up story in the Kansas City Star.
A mother writes about welcoming a second foster son into her family’s home in this New York Times story, “Starting Over with a New Foster Child.”
A mother describes her adoption journey in captioned photos of the people who supported her along the way. See her story on babble.com.
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