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In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Jockey International’s Jockey Being Family program, this guide was designed to give pediatricians the tools to help foster and adoptive families cope with trauma. Download it here: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america/Pages/Trauma-Guide.aspx

In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Jockey International’s Jockey Being Family program, this guide was designed to give pediatricians the tools to help foster and adoptive families cope with trauma. Download it here: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america/Pages/Trauma-Guide.aspx

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A boy who loves to dream

One of our WWK adoption professionals met a young man at an adoption match event recently and started a conversation with him. When the topic of adoption came up he was shocked to learn that some people think that just because a child is older that he/she doesn’t want a family. So shocked in fact that it inspired this 11-year-old boy to help change their minds.

I am an 11 year old boy who loves to dream
I wonder what will happen to me when I am 12
I hear people talking to me when I am alone
I see a family waiting for me
I want a family to know how it feels
I am an 11 year old boy that loves to dream 

I pretend every night my mom tucks me in like what she did when I was 5
I feel that I can make a difference
I touch the life of children when I help others
I worry if I will ever come out of foster care
I cry when I think I’m never getting a family
I am a boy that loves to dream 

I understand that the end of something is a new beginning
I say “be you not someone else”
I dream that I will win the lotto and give it all to children in need
I try to be positive no matter what
I hope I make good decisions in my life
I am a boy that loves to dream.

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4 RESOURCES FOR RAISING YOUR CHILD POST ADOPTION

By Rita Soronen
President and CEO

As we work to raise awareness about adoption from foster care, we frequently share stories of amazing families formed through adoption. We do this to show that families built this way are just as viable as those formed biologically. By showing success, we encourage participation. Others who see a family brought together by foster care adoption may believe, “If they can do it, I can too!”

But we get so caught up in the remarkable stories we hear that we may occasionally overlook the reasons these children came into care, and the impact it has on their lives and the lives of the family members that have joined once an adoption has been finalized. When Nia Vardalos talked about her adoption during her nationwide book tour, adoptive moms made it loud and clear that raising an adopted son or daughter is not all roses and sunshine.

Children who experience or witness violence, face traumatic loss or grief, or live with extreme instability in foster care, also may experience painful mental or physical health effects. In fact, one study of foster care alumni showed that they experienced post-traumatic stress disorder at two times the rate of U.S. war veterans. Understanding the trauma a child has experienced, and the challenges families may encounter post-adoption, can help assure that families formed through the foster care system stay intact and thrive.

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Adoptive mom’s ‘newborn’ photo shoot with 13-year-old son goes viral

(via The TODAY Show)

The face is angelic, the lighting soft and the subject is napping peacefully – just the way a newborn photo shoot should look. It took 13 years, but Latrell Higgins finally has his baby photos.

“Here’s my sweet not so little newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112 lbs.,” his mom Kelli Higgins proudly announced on Facebook, where the boy’s simple wish created an online sensation.

Higgins and her husband adopted Latrell and his sister Chanya two years ago, welcoming the siblings to their home in Crestview, Fla. The family already had five biological children, with a sixth one on the way, but Higgins felt she had more love to give, especially to kids who would have a harder time finding a home because they were older. In the past decade, more older children have become available for adoption, experts say.

http://www.today.com/moms/adoptive-moms-newborn-photo-shoot-13-year-old-son-goes-1C8347362

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