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Helping Children Grieve

It's not a fun topic to discuss, but foster and adoptive parents help children grieve their losses. It's part of the process that helps children move towards a healthy life.  

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April Is also National Poetry Month

Sunday April 20, 2014

I really enjoy poetry. Not just the reading of poems, but the writing of poetry as well. We have many talented readers who also enjoy writing adoption poems and many have shared adoption poems of their own. Some poems featured on the site have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.

Have you written any poetry that you would like to share with our readers?
Perhaps during the search for birth family?
While parenting a foster child?
While deciding whether to place or parent a child for adoption?

If you have an adoption poem that you would like to share for possible publication, please submit it to About Adoption & Foster Care for review.

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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday April 1, 2014

April is a time to raise awareness of abuse and neglect issues and to encourage communities to support children and families who are suffering. Foster Care is one way to offer that support and to help families get back on their feet and reunified, learning new coping techniques and parenting skills.

There are several factors that contribute to child abuse. Poverty is one of the main factors of abuse and neglect, which may be due to the stress of the living situation or higher reporting due to social services focusing more on the poor. Once we can pinpoint the risk factors we know how to avoid abuse by learning strategies to cope.  It's also important to learn the signs of child abuse and know what to do if you suspect that a child you know is being abused or neglected.

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New Articles for March 2014

Monday March 31, 2014

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Cute Gifts Inspired by Easter or Spring

Saturday March 29, 2014

So, according to the calendar - it's spring.  I still needed my winter coat this past weekend - but the calendar says it's spring - so I'm a believer.

So, what better time than now to create some cute handmade gifts with the kids?

Most moms love the handmade stuff the best when it comes to gifts from kids. Stumped as to what to give or create? Consider the following cute Easter or Spring inspired art projects that you and the kids can easily do in just an hour.

These ideas would be perfect for a birthmom, or any member of a birth family, in a foster or adoptive situation.

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Great Foster Parents Work with Birth Family to Aid Reunification

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