Featured children, new family story, forming attachments, post-adoption support
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Featured children, new family story, your questions answered
Featured children, new family story, sibling relationships
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We want to adopt two children we are now fostering. But the children are receiving therapies and supports that we cannot afford on our own. Will they continue to get this help if we adopt them?
This is an important question that families often ask, and there are many resources available to help parents of all incomes meet the needs of children they adopt.
As a first step, ask your children’s caseworker to help you identify available resources. You can also read about the various types of support available to parents who adopt on our website, search for adoption benefit eligibility by state at the Child Welfare Information Gateway website, and learn about financial and medical support at the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance website.
One other thing to consider: your employer may provide adoption benefits. The Dave Thomas Foundation's annual “top 100” list of adoption-friendly workplaces offers examples of benefits offered by employers of all sizes.
In training, we heard the phrase “reluctant to attach” a lot. Now we are worried that a child we adopt will not attach to us. How common is this, and what can we do to help?
Unfortunately, many children in foster care come to believe that the people they love will leave them. A natural, protective response is for them to be reluctant to attach. The good news is that you can help children overcome their fear of trusting and attaching to people who love them.
We’ve just published a list of suggestions about helping children form attachments on our website. They include things like encouraging eye contact and committing to one-on-one time every day.
Bob Coe was a recent college graduate volunteering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters when the mother of a boy he was mentoring asked if Bob would let the boy move in with him. Bob said yes. He became a licensed foster parent and started down a path that would lead him to adopt five more children over the next 40 years.Bob talked with us about the ways that adoption has enriched his life and the lessons he’s learned from his children. Read his story.
Keyatta | Age: 16 | Virginia
Keyatta is an energetic teen with a sense of style, a passion for dance, and a curiosity about everything. Her bubbly personality and funny stories are bound to put a smile on your face! Keyatta enjoys school, where her favorite subject is English. Her goal is to go to college and pursue a career as a lawyer. Read more.
Ke'Nautica and Cee Jay | Ages: 17, 10 | Tennessee
Cee Jay, 17, and Ke'Nautica, 10, are smart, active children who have a hunger for knowledge. Cee Jay is a helpful boy who is fun to be around. Ke’Nautica gets along well with everyone and wants to attend college.These Renaissance teens’ interests include all sports, reading, graphic design, and dance. Read more.
Volunteer mentors at 19 projects in six states are helping children in foster care build self-esteem and learn about the outdoors through fly fishing. “Our goal is for them to build a relationship with fly fishing and the outdoors because wherever you go in life and wherever you’re at, the outdoors is there for you,” a program founder told The Chronicle of Social Change.
This NPR story describes how teachers and administrators at five New Orleans charter schools are becoming trauma-informed and acknowledging how students’ experiences outside of school affect their behavior in class.
A Youth Today columnist describes how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals toolkit can help teens—including those getting their first jobs and transitioning to living independently—build financial skills.
In this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, a young woman who grew up in foster care writes about how the intervention of caring adults at key points in her life helped her succeed—keeping her on track to graduate from high school and go on to college.
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