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

Session Recordings 2020

Did you miss the 2020 NACAC conference or want to revisit some sessions you attended? We now have many of the 2020 sessions available to purchase. Recordings will be available until June 30, 2021. “One of the best conferences I have attended, very knowledgeable speakers, so much passion about the work they are doing. For… Read more

Categories: 2020 NACAC Conference, Achieving Permanency, Annual Conference, Birth Family Connections, Disabilities & Challenges, Older Youth Adoption, Parenting Strategies, Recruiting Families, Training, Transracial, Trauma, Webinar

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

Healing from Food Insecurity: Beyond the Stash

Please do not reprint or reuse without permission. Contact Mary Boo to request permission. Originally published in Adoptalk 2020: issue 2 (updated from a 2013 article). Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. The information in this article is educational and not meant to replace careful evaluation and treatment by medical, nutritional, or mental health… Read more

Categories: Featured, Food & Nutrition, Parenting

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Once again, our community is outraged following the police killing of an unarmed Black man—Daunte Wright. The trauma of Mr. Wright’s death is amplified by the backdrop of  the horrifying, damning testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd.  We at NACAC condemn the killing of Black… 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
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