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Adoption / Foster Care: Most Popular Articles

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6 Skills You Should Master Before Becoming a...
Basic foster care skills needed to become a foster parent that does great work with children. Information on being a foster parent, the needs of foster children, and state profiles on agencies.
Book Review: A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
One of the worst child abuse cases in California's history came to an end on March 5, 1973 when Dave
Adult Adoptions
Is it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States? Here are some reasons for an adult adoption and some reasons why some states are against them.
What Are the Top Reasons Children Enter the...
There are a number of reasons that bring children into the foster care system.
Top 9 Adoption Gifts
What would make a great adoption gift for someone who is an adoptive or foster parent? How about a birth parent? Try some of these ideas when needing the perfect adoption gift! Great ideas for adoption gifts for National Adoption Month, Mother's Day or Father's Day!
Gay Adoption Basics
Gay adoption information for gay and lesbian couples interested in expanding their families.
5 Reasons to Adopt a Child
Thoughts on when adopting a child is a good idea.
Should I Do Foster Care?
Points to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.
Caring for Your African American or Biracial...
Learn how to care for African American hair. Simple black hair care tips and steps to caring for African American hair.
What Is a Foster Care Subsidy?
What is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?
Before You Decide Adopting a Child Is for You
When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues before you answer the big one, is adoption right for you and your family?
Unwed Fathers:
Legal information and how-to's for fathers to preserve their father's rights to be either a part of the adoption process or parent their child. Learn more about protecting a father's right to be a part of the adoption process.
10 Reasons Not to Adopt a Child
Thoughts on when a motivation to adopt a child may not be in the child or family's best interest.
Can a Parent Whose Rights Are Terminated Seek...
Can a parent whose rights were terminated seek custody if the child hasn't been adopted yet? An Ohio court examines the limits of terminated parental rights.
10 Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready to Do...
Ideas of what someone can do if they think they'd like provide foster care to children one day. 10 easy steps of ways to prepare to work with children in need.
Top 10 Five Minute Bonding Activities
Fast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child. Here are 10 five minute bonding activities to try at home.
Adoption Poems Written by Members of the...
A listing of several poems relating to the topic of adoption written by readers.
What Is the Salary for Providing Foster Care?
A quick overview on the perspective of the foster care subsidy as salary.
How Many Children Have Gay Parents in the US?
How many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.
Single Parent Adoption and Women
More single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of the challenges for those who choose single parent adoption.
What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...
Areas that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.
Top 8 Foster Care Adoption Blogs
My top picks of family foster care blogs. Find families who do foster care adoption as well as straight family foster care. Bloggers include lesbian and gay foster parent to foster dads to foster parents of gay teens. This is a diverse group with knowledge to share.
Hosting an Adoption Baby Shower
An adoption baby shower is a great way to welcome a new child into the family. Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.
What Is an Adoption Home Study?
What is an adoption home study? Why is it needed? What does an adoption home study include? Can I be better prepared for it?
Child Discipline Techniques for Foster or...
Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.
9 Ways to Help Children in Foster Care
If you are unable to do foster care at this time, what other ways can you help foster children? We have several ideas for you that will help foster children.
7 Russian Easter Traditions to Share with Your...
Find ideas on how to help your Russian adopted child maintain their identity through keeping Russian Easter traditions.
Book Review: The Lost Boy
The Lost Boy chronicles David Pelzer's journey from foster home to foster home after being rescued from
Incident Report Writing Begins with Knowing...
Incident report writing can be intimidating, but it's easy if you remember that it's all about the facts. It's also important to know what to leave out when writing an incident report.
Incident Report Form Printable Worksheet
Example of an incident report form for foster and adoptive parents. Use this incident report form when attempting effective written documentation for foster or adoptive record keeping. Page 8.
What Is an Adoption Welcome Party?
Most every new parent, especially moms, look forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant? That's when the host or hostess would throw an adoption welcome party. Learn more about hosting the perfect welcome party.
How Do I Obtain My Non-identifying Information...
A very important first step in an adoption search towards is to access your non-identifying information from your adoption records. How each State handles adoption records varies. Learn how your State handles this very important information.
Adoption Poems About Birth Mothers
Mother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.
Who Can Be a Foster Parent?
Who can be a foster parent? It's open to almost everyone. Foster parents are needed all over the world. Are you ready to be a foster parent and help a foster child?
Using the Wrong Products
Using the right products on African American hair is very important as it needs special care.
How Does Providing Foster Care Affect Children...
When deciding on whether or not to become a foster parent, it's important to consider the impact foster children will have on your home and children.
7 Ways to Afford the Cost of Adoption
One of the major reasons people don't pursue adoption is the cost of adoption, especially international adoption. Many every day people have added to their family through adoption without going flat broke. Here are a few ways to help with adoption costs
Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Things to...
They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?
First Few Weeks Home with a New Adopted Child
The first few weeks with a new foster or adopted child is very stressful. Here are few topics to focus on first.
Top 10 Questions to Ask When Called to take a...
When a foster parent gets a call to take in a new foster child, it can be a bit overwhelming. Foster parents know they should ask certain questions, but they seem to leave our minds. Here are a list of basic questions that foster parents can ask social workers when they get a call about a foster child being placed in their home.
Adoption Grants and Loans May Help with the...
Adoption grants and loans may help more families cover the cost of adoption. With this help more children may find forever families.
What Are the Steps to Family Reunification...
Social workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.
Breastfeeding Information for Adoptive Mothers...
Information on adoptive breastfeeding to not only help educate, but to help make an important decision on whether or not to pursue preparing to breastfeed an adopted child.
How Much Does an Adoption Cost?
A break down of adoption cost by type of adoption. How much does a baby adoption cost? Learn the basics to adoption with this quick lesson in adoption costs.
What to Do If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused
How to determine if you need to report an incidence of child physical or sexual abuse. Learn what constitutes child neglect and what information is needed to report child abuse.
What Does It Mean to Foster a Child?
Fostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.
One Birth Mother's Open Adoption Story
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation.
What Are the Differences Between Foster Care...
Understanding permanency and parental rights when it comes to adoption and foster care.
What Is an Adoption Subsidy?
What is an adoption subsidy? How is it determined if a child qualifies for adoption assistance?
Why Do Some Foster Children Have to Endure...
Many foster children bounce from foster home to foster home due to disruptions. Here is a list of common reasons foster parents disrupt on placements.
How to Prepare for Respite
Sometimes foster parents just need a break and respite can be a great option. Find tips on how to prepare for respite weekends for foster children.
Understanding Grief and Loss in Children
Children in adoption or foster care, experience the grief and loss of their birth families and much more. Learn more about the grief and loss of foster or adopted children.
Foster Care 101
Everything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent. Know that regulations differ from state to state and country to country, but the basics and needs of the children are very much the same.
The Challenges of Being a Foster Parent
Thoughts on how foster care can be challenging including links to more resources on how to deal with the challenges.
Find the Perfect Adoption Baby Shower Game
Here are several baby shower game ideas and tips for those adoption baby shower hosts and hostesses. Many of these options may require your creative touch to ensure that these baby shower games are adoption friendly and fun.
Top Adoption Jewelry
Top adoption jewelry can be found on-line for quick adoption gifts. These items make wonderful adoption gifts for the holidays or National Adoption Month, or for your family's special adoption day.
Foster Care Record Keeping with Printable...
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets. Page 2.
How to Explain a Move to a Child in Foster Care
One of the hardest tasks as a foster parent is to tell a child in foster care that he is moving to a new foster home. Learn a few tips to help you with this emotional task.
Confidential Intermediary
Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?
Birthmother's Day Created Out of Love or Just...
A group of birth mothers created a holiday in 1990, known as Birthmother's Day. It occurs the Saturday before Mother's Day.
Non-identifying Information
What is non-identifying information? Why is it important part of adoption records? Can I access my adoption records in order to gain my non-identifying information?
What Is PS-MAPP Foster Parent Training Class?
PS-MAPP is just one foster parent training curriculum utilized by foster agencies to help prepare families for working with foster children and birth families.
Book Review: The 5 Love Languages
Utilizing the 5 love languages developed by Dr. Gary Chapman, may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family. Learn some parenting ideas that fulfill the 5 love languages.
What is an Adoption Search Angel?
How to get started searching with an Adoption Search Angel. Check to see if there is a free adoption search angel available in your area of search.
How to Write a Court Report
Foster parents often have important information that needs to be shared with the court system. Writing a court report may be scary, but an important task as a foster parent.
10 Different Ways to Show Words of Affirmation...
Learn different ways to help a child feel loved through the words of affirmation love language.
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted...
Can an Adult From a Foreign Country be Adopted into the United States?
CASA Volunteers Advocate for Children
CASA volunteers or court appointed special advocates, speak out for children. These volunteers are everyday citizens who take time to advocate for children in court.
Why Choose an Open Adoption?
While it can be a tricky arraignment an open adoption is often in the child's best interest. Here are a few pros and cons to choosing an open adoption.
How to Know When a Child Is Not a Good Adoption...
Points when considering if a child is the right child for your family. Tips on how to tell if an adoption match is not the right fit.
Learn How to Be a Great Foster Parent in 5 Weeks
Five weeks of lessons to help sharpen your foster parenting skills. Topics include working as a part of a professional team in case plans, helping family reunification, understanding the grieving foster child, discipline, culture, and lifebooks.
How to Become a Foster Parent
While each state is different in the trainings offered and requirements mandated for foster homes, the starting point is basic enough that we can come up with a quick list of steps to take toward becoming a foster parent.
What Is an Adoptive Mother?
Who are adoptive mothers? What traits do they possess? What does it take to be an adoptive mother?
First Few Weeks Home with a New Foster Child
One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive
The Cottage
A woman shares some experiences from when she lived in a group home for teens.
What Is an Adoption Search Angel?
Learn more about how to become an Adoption Search Angel and what to expect from utilizing a volunteer. Also find an available listing of search angels.
What Are the Five Love Languages?
Utilizing the five love languages may be a wonderful way to build attachment and bonding within your newly adoptive or foster family.
Dave Pelzer Is a Famous Foster Kid
Dave Pelzer endured years of child abuse and five different foster homes.
Steps to a Step Parent Adoption
Learn the basic steps to completing a step parent adoption. Contacting an adoption lawyer is a good first step as each State handles step parent adoptions differently.
All About Foster Care Awareness Month
How to celebrate the month of May and Foster Care Awareness Month. National Foster Care Awareness Month celebrates foster families and the need for more foster families.
How to Set Up a Closet & Bedroom for an Older...
Learn how to prepare for foster parenting or adoptive parenting.
Completing an Adoption from China
A quick walk through about the Chinese adoption requirements, which are laid out as well as information on the needed adoption paperwork.
Write a Post Adoption Report
How to write a post adoption report. Post adoption reports are mainly required after an international adoption.
Helping Your Child Talk About Adoption
Ideas on helping the topic of adoption feel natural for a child.
Before You Start the Adoption Process
Before you take the first steps into the adoption process you may want to understand a bit of the adoption lingo that you will hear. What is an adoption homestudy? What is a dossier? How should I choose my adoption agency? There is a lot to consider when diving into the adoption process of an international or domestic adoption.
10 Steps to Creating a Lifebook for Your Foster...
How to create a lifebook for your child.
An Adoption Poem - The Promise
A birth mother shares feelings through an adoption poem written for her two sons that were adopted 11 years ago.
How Foster Parents Impact the Life of a Foster...
Learn how foster parents can trigger positive and negative feelings in foster children.
Child Abuse Risk Factors
What are the common causes or risk factors of child abuse? Why would anyone abuse his/her own child?
10 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Perfectly Good...
If we don't do our best and be good partners in fostering, foster care can hurt a marriage. A tongue-in-cheek top ten list for all foster parents.
Complete a Foster Care Adoption
Many adoptive parents choose foster care adoption. This is a great way to help the thousands of children who wait in foster care for years.
What Is Induced Lactation?
If an adoptive mother is interested in breastfeeding her baby she will need to induce lactation. Learn more with this article.
What to Teach Your Child to Prepare Them for a...
How to prepare your children for foster care as well as welcome new foster and adopted children into your family.
Adoption Poems for Adoptive Parents
Adoption poems about adoptive parents, mostly written while waiting for an adoption finalization or waiting for an adoption referral.
How to Handle Yourself When a Child Discloses...
Tips on how to best handle when a child has disclosed that they have been experiencing abuse and neglect.
What Is Foster and Adoptive Parent Training...
Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.
Which States Have Open Adoption Records?
According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway and The American Adoption Congress only a few States offer open adoption records. Do you live in a State with open adoption records?
One Birthmother's Open Adoption Story
This is the story of one birth mother making the most difficult decision of her life; to place her infant in an open adoption. Here she shares her struggles and emotions that she went through, and still goes through as a birthmother in an open adoption situation. Page 2.
National Directory of Putative Father Registries
Listing and information regarding putative father registries in the United States. Locate your state to see what the law says about putative father registries in your area.
What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child...
Information and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980. Public Law 96-272 brought about major changes to help children and families remain strong and intact.
Best Ideas on How to Complete a Lifebook for...
Ideas on what to include and how to balance the good and the bad for your foster or adopted child's lifebook.
Adoption Search Angel Listing for the United...
A listing of the About.com Adoption Search Angels. These volunteers help find members of family separated by adoption.
An Adoption Poem - A Mother's Love
Tom Fisher shares another adoption Poem.
What Is a State Adoption Registry?
Many States utilize a State adoption registry, that both the adoptee and the birth family must register with stating whether or not they are interested in an adoption reunion.
What Is the Foster Care System?
What is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?
Why Reflecting and Paraphrasing Are Important...
Further explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.
How to Be a Great Foster Parent
Great foster parents know that being great means utilizing different child discipline techniques to manage challenging behaviors. Learn more about being a great foster parent and how to best help foster children with their behaviors through child discipline.
Meeting Your New Foster Child
Learn some tips on how to handle the first meeting and day one with your new foster child.
Colorado
Information on how to adopt from the State of Colorado. Check out pictures of waiting children in Colorado.
Foster Care Awareness Month
31 Days of activities to celebrate and honor foster parents during National Foster Care Awareness Month. Celebrate National Foster Care Awareness Month with a different activity each day of the month.
How to Create a Safety Plan
How to create a safety plan when children have unsafe behaviors within your home.
What Is the Hague Convention on Intercountry...
What is the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption and how does it protect children? How does the Hague Convention affect the adoption process?
Ways to Help a Foster or Adopted Child's Grieving
We may feel helpless when our children are grieving a loss. Here are different ways to help our foster or adopted children with grieving.
What Does the Term 'Aging Out' Mean?
: The term 'aging out' is often used to refer to children within the state foster care system who are
Common Myths About Open Adoption
There are many myths about open adoptions. Which open adoption myth have you heard before? Which ones do you believe? Explore the truth about open adoption.
Russian Child Murder Cases
There have been several child murder cases of adopted children from Russia. Adoptive parents have snapped and their Russian adopted children murdered. Here are the quick facts on these chilling child murder cases.
Establishing Yourself as a Parent
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help.
Before You Perform Black Hair Care on Your...
As with many other things in life there are myths and out-of-date information regarding black hair care. As foster or adoptive parents, it's important that we try our best to stay up-to-date with the best discipline methods, parenting techniques, and cultural competency. Part of our being culturally competent is knowing how to properly perform black hair care.
Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Is a Famous Adoptee
A quick profile on Snooki Polizzi who was adopted as an infant.
How to Complete an International Adoption from...
What are the first steps to beginning an international adoption? What paperwork do you need? Learn the basic steps to proceed with an international adoption from a non-Hague Convention country.
Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Poems
Foster care adoption poems specifically for foster care adoption situations.
Before You Do a DNA Test to Complete an...
DNA testing is another way that family members are finding each other. Learn more about this adoption search option.
Building an Effective Partnership Between a...
Ideas from past experiences as myself and my foster parent friends have tried to build working partnerships with our case workers. Ideas for case workers and foster parents to build working relationships.
Considering Interracial Adoption
Is an interracial adoption for you and your family? What are some things to consider before making your final decision on an interracial adoption?
How to Find Someone
Many are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.
Pros and Benefits of Breastfeeding an Adopted...
Many are shocked by the thought of a breastfeeding adoptive mother, mostly because they didn't know adoptive breastfeeding was possible. Learn more about the pros of breastfeeding.
What Options Are Available for Gay and Lesbian...
What options are available for gay and lesbian adoptions? Learn about the different type of gay and lesbian adoptions that can help build a gay family.
Under Conditioning
Do not under condition African American hair. African American hair needs special care.
Combing and Detangling
African American hair needs special care. Learn how to properly comb African American hair.
Comparing the Pros and Cons of Domestic and...
Deciding between an international adoption or a domestic adoption is a big decision. What are the pros and cons of an international or a domestic adoption?
Adoptee Adoption Poems
Find a listing of various adoption poems, written by those who have been adopted.
Is Adoption a Choice for Your Unborn Child?
What are the reasons for and against placing a child for adoption? Things to think about for both the expectant/unwed mother and expectant/unwed father.
Should You Take a Foster Child with You on...
Plan a needed break this summer with a family vacation, but should foster children go with you? Consider these points when deciding whether to include a foster child in your family vacation plans this summer.
Happy Adoption Reunion Story
One woman's journey to locate her birth family brings many surprises and answers to questions. Having been raised as an only child in her adoptive home, she is pleased to find siblings and a large family.
Gay Adoption Issues
Know adoption law before attempting to complete a gay adoption. It may help to prevent some issues.
Foster Family Gift Ideas
Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.
An Adoption Poem - An Orphan's Prayer
An adoptive mother shares an adoption poem about an orphan waiting for her adoptive mother.
Teaching Foster or Adopted Children How to...
It's important that we teach our foster or adoptive child how to answer questions that school children can ask about being adopted or in foster care. It's also important for the kids to know how to keep things private and not to tell too much information at school. Prepare for back to school with the use of cover stories and knowing how to answer the hard questions that some school children can ask.
What Is the Adoption and Safe Families Act?
Information and goals of The Adoption and Safe Families Act(ASFA). PL 105-89, strengthened and enhanced the goals of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.
How Will Fostering a Child Impact My Daily Life?
You may be very excited to become a foster parent, but remember there will be changes to your daily life once you begin fostering a child.
What to Do When Allegations Have Been Made...
A few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.
San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick Is a...
Learn more about this famous adoptee and professional football player.
What Is Respite Foster Care?
Learn more about respite foster care and how it can help serve foster children in need.
12 Prayer Requests for Children in Foster Care
The following article is a list of needs to keep in our prayers when we consider foster children, their families, and the foster families and workers that serve them.
Russian Adoption Problems In the Eyes of...
An adoptive couple of three Russian children share their view points on the issues surrounding Russian adoptions.
Black Hairstyles for Foster or Adopted Children
When I provided respite foster care for my best friend's foster children, I was completely intimidated by the upkeep of their black hairstyles. Find easy and less intimidating black hairstyles for your foster or adopted children.
Understanding Each Role within a Foster Care...
A brief description of each main role within a foster care agency and how foster parent scan best work with each staff member.
Deciding if Adoption Is the Right Choice for...
When considering adoption for a gay family, there seems to be even more decisions to make and options to keep in mind. A gay prospective adoptive parent must not only work through the adoption process, but also know what choices are available in their state or country regarding adding to a gay family through adoption.
Rules for Adoption Search Angels and Those They...
Adoption search angels work for free to help adoptees and birth families that are seperated by adoption to reunite. There are some things to be aware of before working with an adoption search angel.
Things to Do This Summer for Your Foster or...
Ideas for things to do to help keep your foster or adoptive kids busy during breaks from school. These fun activities may save your sanity and give kids things to do this Summer.

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