Unlocking and Addressing the Barriers to Retention of African American Families

by Ja-Neen Jones, MSOL Originally published in Adoptalk 2021, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. Ja-Neen Jones is the Director of Adoption & Foster Care Services at TRAC Services for Families, where she oversees TRAC’s Black Adoption Services (BAS). As a member of the executive team, she is actively involved in program development and assists with the… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Featured, Recruiting Families

Attachment-Informed De-Escalation Techniques

By Melanie Schmidt, LMSW Originally published in Adoptalk 2021: issue 1. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. Melanie Schmidt is an adoption social worker providing support to Adoption STAR’s A-OK (Adopt an Older Kid) Program in Buffalo, New York. With close to 15 years of experience in the foster care adoption field, Melanie was… Read more

Categories: Featured, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

Responding to Stealing by Lowering Anxiety

By Barb Clark, NACAC’s parent support and training specialist Originally published in Adoptalk 2020: issue 3. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. Like many toddlers, my daughter first began taking things from the church nursery when she was two. Unfortunately, she didn’t stop as she got older. For neurotypical children around age five or… Read more

Categories: Articles, Disabilities & Challenges, Featured, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

The Personal is Political: Racial Identity and Racial Justice in Transracial Adoption

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 3; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By JaeRan Kim, PhD © 2018 JaeRan Kim was born in South Korea in 1969 and adopted into a white family in Minnesota in 1971. Today, JaeRan works as an assistant professor at the University of Washington – Tacoma. Her research focuses on… Read more

Categories: Featured, Parenting, Transracial

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