Parenting

In My Skin

By Justice Stevens Justice Stevens was adopted transracially with his sister. He shares his thoughts below about how the transracial placement affected him and what his parents did—and do—that help. When I was eight I was trans­racially adopted. My parents are white and I’m Black. We lived in a small white suburban town. The number… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Transracial, Youth, Youth Stories

Being Anti-Racist: A Critical Way to Support Children of Color in Foster Care and Adoption

By Audrey Murph-Brown, EdD, MSW, LCSW, and Kim Stevens, MEd Audrey Murph-Brown intersects doctoral studies, clinical work, social justice, activism, and law enforcement along with experiences in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education to power everything she does. Audrey holds a doctoral degree in education. Her dissertation chronicled the resilient processes of multiple-placed youth in foster… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Parenting, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth, Transracial

Hosting Virtual Support Groups Webinar

Since the pandemic began, so many of us have had to move our support for foster, adoptive, and kinship families online. Come learn strategies and tips for successfully hosting and facilitating support groups online. Although we all hope to be able to hold in-person support groups again soon, online groups will continue to be an… Read more

Categories: Parent Group, Parenting, Training, Webinar

Statement and Resources from NACAC about Fighting Racism

Friday, June 5 As an organization based in Minnesota, we at NACAC have been reeling with anger and heartbreak since last week when George Floyd—an unarmed black man—was murdered by the police in our hometown, leading to uprisings here and around the world. Black lives matter, and we stand with those who are protesting racism… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, NACAC Update, Parenting, Suggested Reading, Transracial

How to Bond with a Child in Foster Care or Adoption

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Matthew Kaplan Matthew Kaplan is the content marketing strategist at Alternative Family Services. Since 1978, the mission of AFS has been—and continues to be—to support vulnerable children and families in need of stability, safety and well-being in communities through foster care, adoption and mental health… Read more

Categories: Considering Adoption, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Prepare for Adoption

Parents As Changemakers: Effective Policy Advocacy Webinar

Do you have ideas that would strengthen foster care in your area? Not sure where to start to advocate for the changes you want? We can help! NACAC is working with CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents) to help you make policy changes in your state. In this session, we will review the CHAMPS policy goals… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Parenting, Training, Webinar

Positive Identity Formation and Community Connectedness for Children and Youth in Transracial Placements Webinar

Children and youth being raised in families of a different race and culture than their own have unique needs around positive identity formation and social / community safety. Through this webinar, presented by a young adult with lived experience and by an adoptive parent – both in transracial adoptive families – parents, youth, and professionals… Read more

Categories: Identity, Parenting, Training, Transracial, Well Being, Youth

Silent Suffering: Responding to Self-Harm

By Katie Langer, MSW Katie Langer is a training specialist at FamiliesFirst Network. Katie spent 10 years helping children in foster care to find permanent adoptive families prior to transitioning to her current role as a trainer for child welfare staff. She has a passion to help families and children heal and grow after suffering… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Grief & Loss, Parenting, Trauma

Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon have co-authored Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction, which… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Disabilities & Challenges, Grief & Loss, Older Youth Adoption, Parenting, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

The Teen Years: Brain Development and Trauma Recovery

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 1; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  Adapted by Anna Libertin, NACAC’s communications specialist, from a webinar by Kim Stevens. Kim Stevens is a program manager at NACAC who specializes in post-adoption support, youth development, training for caregivers, and trauma and healing. She is also the adoptive parent of four children from foster… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Grief & Loss, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens Webinar

Many children coming into care were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. We will explore risk factors for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, look at the connection between brain impairment and behaviors, including impact of trauma & discuss reframing and other strategies for professionals and parents to better support children who were prenatally exposed to substances… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Training, Webinar

Parenting from the Trenches Webinar

See your kids in a whole new light! This webinar offers a toolbox of strategies for parenting children and teens. Topics include developing trust and attachment while helping children learn to manage their own behaviors, build self-esteem, and maintain sanity. The presenter will give special attention to the unique world of teens. Presented by Denise… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Webinar

Helping Kids Survive and Thrive in Winter

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Anna Libertin, NACAC communications specialist Change is always met with resistance. But the shift from fall to winter is more than just a transition: as winter progresses, grey skies, dropping temperatures, winter activities, and the holiday season pose unique and overwhelming obstacles for parents of children with… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

From Chaos to Calm: Emotional Regulatory Healing

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC  Juli Alvarado is the founder and senior clinical consultant at the Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group. For more than two decades, the Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group has offered trauma-sensitive resources and training, life coaching, and organizational development to families and child welfare… Read more

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

Playful Parenting Builds Better Brains: 10 Tools for Success

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH  Jessica Sinarski is a clinical supervisor, consultant, author, and educator. Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, child development, and brain-based practices. Jessica has trained thousands of parents and professionals across the country. For more information and a list of recent workshops, click here.  Her… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies

Self-Care for Support Leaders and Caregivers Webinar

The responsibilities of caring for children and youth who have experienced trauma and loss, as well as those of the support leaders who serve these caregivers can take a huge toll. As the flight attendant will tell you, “you must put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.” In this webinar, we will address… Read more

Categories: Parent Group, Parenting, Training, Webinar, Well Being

Helping Children Manage Behaviors: Increasing Affect Regulation

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 3; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership Adapted by Anna Libertin, NACAC’s communications specialist, from a webinar by Sue Badeau  Sue Badeau is a birth and adoptive parent to 22 children and a national child welfare trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Her… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

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

Child Welfare’s Next Challenge: Parenting Meth’s Young Victims

from Fall 2006 Adoptalk How seriously is methamphetamine (meth) use affecting child welfare? The answer varies by state and region, but Congress, when it reauthorized the Safe and Stable Families Program in September, agreed to spend $40 million on the problem in fiscal year 2007. That’s how much states—through $500,000 to $1 million grants—will have… Read more

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

Co-Parenting or Shared Parenting

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Phyllis J. Stevens Phyllis Stevens is a foster and adoptive parent and founder of Together As Adoptive Parents, an adoptive parent support network, in Pennsylvania. She also helped start the Philadelphia Resource Parent Association and currently works for the Youth Law Center… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Birth Family Connections, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Supporting Families, Tips and Techniques
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