As you build your support network, here are some tips, resources and links you may find helpful:
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WACAP’s Foster Care and Adoption staff answer some commonly asked questions about foster care and adoption, foster care and adoption benefits, and who to contact about becoming a foster parent. Not least of all, they talk about why fostering a child is an endeavor and “benefit of the heart,” bringing stability and love to children and youth when they need it most.
Greg Eubanks shares concepts from a trauma-informed model called Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI®) and in this post, encourages foster and adoptive families that their stories aren't over, no matter how tough it gets.
Learn more about National Adoption Month, its history, and how WACAP is celebrating (includes link to WACAP's National Adoption Month Calendar).
A collection of advice about how to approach or navigate the holidays from adoptive and foster families.
A sampling of topics on the Child Welfare Information Gateway about adoption and foster care that you may find helpful as an adoptive parent or foster parent, parent to be, adopted individual, or supporter of adoption and foster care.
Need a resource you can share with your child's teachers that talks about how adoption, foster care, trauma, and transition can impact your child in the classroom?
Eight tips for grandparents of foster and adoptive grandchildren, with suggestions of what grandparents can do to prepare while they're waiting to meet and welcome their grandkids home (plus link to resource post).
Parents of 11, with over 25 grandchildren and great children, talk about parenting, their family built through birth and adoption, hurdles they've faced, and the legacy they're all part of... love in this podcast ...
Lifebooks help bridge a child’s past, present and future. Learn more about them here, with links to Lifebook sample pages, resources and tips that will help you create a lifebook with your child.