Grandparents as Parents: A Primer for Schools
An increasing number of American grandparents are finding their later years different from what they expected. Instead of a quiet retirement, sweetened by delights of occasional visits with grandchildren, many grandparents have taken on the role of surrogate parents to their grandchildren. Reasons... Becoming a Foster Parent
Foster parents provide a temporary, safe home for children in crisis. They are part of the child's support, treatment, and care programs. They are partners of the child's social worker, attorney, teachers, and doctors. Being a foster parent is not a passive act of opening one's home and providing... Why Become a Foster Parent?
The caseworker's car pulled up to the curb in front of the crisis shelter. Ten-year-old Shane in the back seat gazed fearfully at the shabby brick building with the dirty windows and crumbling concrete steps. Was this his new home? What would his life be like in this run-down place full of kids... Accessing Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities
Note from NICHCY: October, 1997 Dear Reader: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been amended! This is the law that guides how schools deliver special education and related services to students with disabilities. You will be reading about the IDEA in this publication....
Being Real…Too Much of a Good Thing?
December 10, 2007, 7:30 am
On Saturday, my day revolved around attending and presenting at the first conference put on by the Northwest Georgia Adoptive and Foster Parent Association. It was a great conference. And the organizers of the event (two foster moms and several others who helped) were cool, calm and truly... Adoption excellence awards
January 15, 2008, 4:28 pm
Each year the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awards several adoption excellence awards. There are several different categories and nominations are taken through August of the award year.
All of these agencies and individuals have proven their commitment to foster care and... Shortage of foster homes
October 23, 2007, 8:40 am
I have been receiving news links that show a shortage of foster homes in virtually every state. As the number of children coming into foster care is increasing, the number of foster homes is decreasing. We’re running at a bad pace.
I was recently interviewed for a newspaper article about the...
WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM A guide to protect the constitutional rights of both parents and children as ruled by the Federal Circuit Courts and Supreme Court.
Gayle H. Swift (Author of ABC, Adoption & Me)
An adoptive mother of two now-adult children and a former foster parent, Gayle H. Swift is also a certified coach, co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentiona...
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