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… More

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

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… More

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

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… More

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

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… More

Categories: Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Trauma

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… 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. 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… More

Categories: Adoption Practice, Trauma

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… More

Categories: Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Training, Trauma

“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… 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… 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… 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… More

Categories: Parenting, Training, Trauma

Childhood Trauma

Every child in foster care and adoption has experienced trauma—often abuse and neglect, but at a minimum, separation from their birth family. In recent years, we’ve learned that the trauma children experience can have serious, even lifelong, effects. Ongoing trauma can affect children’s ability to concentrate, control their emotions, respond to conflict, develop healthy relationships… More

Categories: Parenting, Trauma

The 3-5-7 Model—Helping Children Work Through Grief

Children and youth in the child welfare system want a life free of pain and full of love. If possible, most want to live with their parents. We in the system cannot discount or minimize the power of love between children and their birth parents. While parents may have had inadequate parenting capacity, most have… More

Categories: Grief & Loss, Parenting, Trauma
Teenage boy looking up at treetops

Supporting Maltreated Children: Countering the Effects of Neglect and Abuse

The most important property of humankind is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. These relationships are absolutely necessary for any of us to survive, learn, work, love, and procreate. The ability and desire to form emotional relationships is related to the organization and functioning of specific parts of the human brain—systems that develop during… More

Categories: Parenting, Trauma
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Therapy Plays an Important Role in Adoptive Families’ Lives

“Why did you adopt?” The therapist asked my husband. Glancing at our four children, I offered a silent prayer and held my breath while we waited for the response. “We adopted because for us it was right–and that didn’t change just because the going got rough,” my husband responded. I exhaled; our shared sense of… More

Categories: Parenting, Trauma

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