(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Group Home: An alternative to traditional in-home foster care for children, in which children are housed in an intimate or home-like setting, in which a number of unrelated children live for varying periods of time with a single set of house parents, or with a rotating staff of trained caregivers.... [more
Promoting Attachment through the Senses
Babies under a year old are highly sensory beings. Because their primary intellectual task during the first few months of their lives involves learning to use all of their senses and developing motor skills, each of a baby's senses is finely tuned and he is acutely aware of any and all changes. His... The Value of Play
I heard it from my kitchen. The sound of "Broom, Broom" carried up to me. Someone was 'driving' down in the family room. Speeding toy cars crossed the floor. Vehicles were parked in homemade parking ramps. Cars were winding over make-believe roads, passing rivers, crossing mountains, and going... Adoption-Related Books for Children Ages 9-12
Adoption-Related Books for Children Ages 9-12 (10-01) NAIC compiled this list by searching numerous sources, including subject-related searches of Amazon.com, book lists posted on various adoption-related Web sites, and recommendations posted online by individuals. The suggested age-level is a... Options for Children in Foster Care
Some foster children, and maybe even foster parents, feel that when someone is placed in foster care, that's it. That's the end of the line. But that simply isn't true. There are many, varied, options for children currently in foster care, and here are just a few of them. Adoption - Temporary...
Foster Care System Frustrations
March 4, 2012, 5:42 am
Yesterday I had lunch with the director of my foster care/adoption agency. We coincidentally were at the same training so it was great to lunch with her, my case worker and the adoption case worker. Our agency is undergoing a change right now, and we will no longer be taking foster-care... A Little Rant on Research
September 13, 2011, 7:14 am
Recently I have been digging through adoption research for background on kids adopted through foster care. There is so little research; it frustrates me. The best and most comprehensive research on adoption was done through SIBs at University of Minnesota; even this has limitations. Although... Advocating
October 17, 2013, 8:54 am
I received a call from the agency that I went through to adopt my child asking me if I would like to share my story with a group of ladies that were finishing their IMPACT training and are hoping to adopt. IMPACT training is requirement of Georgia in order to adopt a child from foster care. The...
Cheryl and Leonard Sokoloski adopted an eight-year-old boy in 1990. Eight years later, their son returned to his birth mother's home. Cheryl started attending a local support group shortly... Joy and Heartache
Because of the events of my own reunion, I feel the need to advise anyone who is doing any type of adoption search, whether child or natural parent, to prepare yourself as much as possible for any... Tricked and Trapped
I've had three children adopted out. I was in a thirteen-year relationship with their father and got tired of the abuse in all ways. The day I decided to leave him for good was it. I was living with...
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