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Huffington Post Series Gives Voice to Adoption
The Huffington Post is running a series called "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days" designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences of those touched by adoption, including birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, foster parents, and waiting adoptive parents. We've compiled a list of stories from the series that deal with foster care and adoption from foster care.
New Campaign Highlights Experiences of Teens Adopted Through Foster Care
In an effort to recruit more foster and adoptive parents, Utah Foster Care Foundation has launched a new campaign highlighting the experiences of teens adopted through foster care. The campaign, “Utah Foster Care Changed My Life,” features videos of teens and foster parents talking about how foster care changed their life for the better.
Sunshine's Story: Featured Foster Alumna
Sunshine Peterman, who didn't have a mother at home while she was growing up, never thought she would have children of her own. Now, at 38 and living in Rushville, Indiana, she has 10 children – five by birth and five by adoption. Raised by her father and removed from his custody due to abuse when she was 17, Sunshine didn't realize what being a part of a family was like until foster care.
Learn About the Benefits of Disclosing Child Background Information Prior to Adoption
Two new resources from Child Welfare Information Gateway, one for adoptive families and one for child welfare professionals, discuss the importance of disclosing background information about children prior to adoption. When information about developmental, trauma, placement, educational, and social histories is disclosed to prospective parents at the beginning of the adoption process, they are more likely to have more realistic expectations of what it will be like to parent their child.
Congress Makes Adoption Tax Credit Permanent
The Adoption Tax Credit that was set to expire at the end of 2012 is now a permanent credit. The tax credit allows adoptive parents of children from foster care to reduce the amount they owe in federal income taxes. In the case of an adoption of a U.S. child that a State has determined has special needs, you may be eligible for the maximum amount of credit even if you paid no qualified adoption expenses.