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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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.
Great Foster Parents Work with Birth Family to Aid Reunification
Cover Art Courtesy of Franklin Street Gallery Productions
The topic of adoption often just pops up with kids throughout the course of a day. It's usually not a conversation that a parent purposely plans, even though they may want it that way. I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum is a beautifully illustrated book that does not have a strong adoption theme, but the topic is thoughtfully woven into the story. The book shows a mother and daughter spending the day together doing fun activities, and eventually getting ready for bed. As the daughter learns about her grandmother, she asks about her birth mother.
I highly recommend I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum. It highlights a beautiful mother daughter relationship and the normalcy of adoption talk between a parent and a child.
Have you read I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum? What do you think?