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Wendy LaBate, a family case manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services, is our April Caseworker of the Month. LaBate was nominated for the award because of the post-placement support she provided to help an adoptive placement flourish.
The Katie show with Katie Couric highlighted the topic of adoption during a candid conversation about motherhood with special co-host Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Vardalos, who adopted her daughter from foster care on fourteen hours' notice, recently wrote book about the experience titled Instant Mom. Joining her and Couric on the show were new mom and celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels and comedian Kym Whitely.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities. For ideas and resources on how to promote child well-being throughout the month of April, visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website.
In response to a blog post titled “What Foster Parents Wish Other People Knew,” National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation recently aired a conversation about stereotypes and misconceptions that foster parents confront. With guests Michelle Burnette, a foster parent of more than 40 children over 15 years, and Dale Margolin Cecka, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, host Celeste Headlee talks about the realities of foster parenting.
Ampersand Families Co-Founder Jen Braun addressed common misconceptions of adopting teens in a recent interview with KFAI radio in Minnesota. She also described her agency’s outreach efforts to recruit families for teens in foster care. Those outreach efforts included a two-part recruitment training video We Interrupt: Waiting Teens Talk About Child Specific Recruitment.