Parenting

Children’s Blocked Trust: How Compassionate Care Helps Reverse the Effects of Early Poor Care

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Jon Baylin, PhD, and Dan Hughes, PhD © 2018 Jon Baylin is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past 20 years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth, Trauma

Campaign Seeks to Ensure Children Have Amazing Parents

In 2017, NACAC joined other organizations—including FosterClub, the Youth Law Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Village, and Christian Alliance for Orphans—in a national campaign to ensure bright futures for children in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting. Called CHAMPS, the campaign builds on research that shows loving, supportive families—whether birth… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Parenting

Video Series Highlights Kinship Care

On October 24th, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a free, five-part online video training series that teaches child welfare professionals how to engage kinship caregivers. The videos are facilitated by kinship care expert, Dr. Joseph Crumbley, who has trained and consulted worldwide on the unique experiences and issues facing kinship families. The videos are… Read more

Categories: Kinship Care, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

Parenting Children or Youth Who Are Sexually Reactive

From the Summer 2017 issue of Adoptalk; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership Monica Cohu is the lead family advocate for the New Mexico Fiesta project, a statewide adoption support program. She is an adoptive parent and supports other families through the Fiesta Project and Project Revive: Emotional First-Aid to Foster Families. Both projects… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

Key Factors and Characteristics of Successful Resource Parents Who Care for Older Youth: A Systematic Review of Research

From the Summer 2017 issue of Adoptalk. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.   Tamarie and Angelique wrote this article as part of their work on CORE: Teen, a federally funded project to develop training for current and prospective resource parents of children who are older and who have more substantial needs. In this… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Considering Adoption, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Recruiting Families, Supporting Families

Both Sides of the System: The Cycle of Adoption

Born in 1985 to a teenage mother, Ashley was in Florida’s foster care system for almost a decade before she was adopted. She is the author of the international best-seller Three Little Words, the story of her life in care and her adoption, which is being made into a major motion picture. In 2015, she… Read more

Categories: Older Youth Adoption, Parenting, Youth Stories

Helping Your Child Move from Anti-Social to Pro-Social Behaviors

We all enter the world ready to attach because this is how we get our most basic and primary needs met. The human infant, like other high functioning mammals, is completely dependent on their primary caregivers to get all of their needs met—survival, safety, food, shelter, stimulation, comfort. For us to understand where some of… Read more

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Trauma

Adopting from Foster Care: Advice from a Mom Who’s Been There

The other day I ran into a neighbor who had just started the process of adopting two little ones who’ve been living with her and her family for two months. She seemed overwhelmed, scared, and above all just worn out by the constant and unrelenting needs of her two new children. In thinking about all… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies

Transracial Resources

The resources below were identified by Deb Reisner, NACAC’s parent support specialist who facilitates NACAC’s support services for transracial adoptive families in Minnesota. Blogs, Videos, and Websites by Transracial Adoptees For Transracial and Transethnic Adoptees John Raible Online: Supporting the Transracial Adoption Community Through Education and Research A Birth Project: Transracial Adoption from One Black… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Transracial, Youth

Understanding the Conversation Behind the Behavior

When reviewing records of many of the children with whom I work, I am perplexed at one particular notation I regularly see written by therapists and counselors. Under the list of negative traits of the child, it is often written, “Child exhibits attention-seeking behaviors.” I strongly believe that children seek attention because they need attention… Read more

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

Report Features Data to Support Positive Child and Family Well-Being

A new Casey Family Programs illuminates the importance of HOPE—Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences—a framework that studies and promotes positive child and family well-being. https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Balancing-ACEs-with-HOPE.pdf presents data that reinforces the need and opportunity to support families and communities in the cultivation of relationships and environments that promote healthy childhood development. It also encourages critical reflection… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Trauma

Healing from Food Insecurity: Beyond the Stash Webinar

In this webinar, Dr. Rowell explores how a child’s early experience with hunger or food insecurity can result in survival behaviors that continue in foster or adoptive families. These behaviors can include eating quickly, stealing or hiding food, getting upset if asked to share or slow down while eating, and more. The presentation helps parents… Read more

Categories: Food & Nutrition, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know Webinar

Every child entering foster care has experienced some amount of trauma—if nothing else, removal from his or her home and placement into foster care is itself traumatic. In most cases, children in the child welfare system have multiple experiences with trauma, often referred to as complex trauma. Parenting a child who has been separated from… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

Understanding The Acting-Out Behavior of Your Adopted Children Webinar

In an adoption world where disruption looms all too often, this session offers a positive approach for workers and families. Here is a way to make sense of (and deal with) some of the negative feelings that adopted children can make their parents feel. Understanding this dynamic, as well as other key parent-child interactions which… Read more

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

Parenting Children Who Have Been Prenatally Exposed Webinar

Children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs, particularly alcohol, can have significant challenges with learning and behavior. When parents or foster caregivers understand the underlying causes and the impact on the brain from prenatal exposure, they can develop therapeutic parenting and teaching strategies that allow both parent and child to experience success! Presented by… Read more

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

“I’ll Tell Them When They’re Older Because…” Talking to Children about Their History Webinar

Children do best when they know the truth about their lives. But sharing difficult information with children is not easy. This webinar will give participants the tools to discuss the most challenging situations (abuse, parental incarceration, death, HIV, incest, termination of parental rights) with children of all ages. Please bring your own challenging questions to… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

The Teen Years: Brain Development, Impact of Trauma on Growth, and Parenting Strategies Webinar

Research is revealing that the typical youth brain is not capable of true adult functioning until 20+ years of age – information that has critical implications in terms of cause and effect understandings, critical thinking skills and maturation. For youth who have experienced foster care and adoption, this developmental process can be significantly affected. This… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma, Youth

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar

Parenting a hurt child calls for innovative, creative, and nurturing ideas. Too often, parents can’t understand why techniques used to successfully parent other children simply have no effect. This session will explore which parenting tools do not work and why, and help parents retire those tools without guilt. Parents will then learn new ways to… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors Webinar

All children, particularly those who have experienced trauma, need help and support learning to express and manage a wide array of emotions in order to feel and be safe. Once they learn to safely express feelings ranging from excitement to sadness to anger and confusion, their behavior will often improve. However, teaching children specific strategies is… Read more

Categories: Parenting, Training, Trauma

Parenting Tough Behaviors Webinar

Many children in adoptive and foster families come to us with challenging behaviors. Parents and caregivers need to have the knowledge, skills, and understanding of where these behaviors come from, and how to deal with them. This is one of the most common topics in support groups. Join us as we discuss and explore ideas… Read more

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