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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.
In a half-hour segment with families, adoptees, and child welfare experts, HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd leads a discussion on how adoptive parents can prepare their black children for inevitable race issues.
Lynn Moyer, a social worker with Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware, is our February Caseworker of the Month. Moyer, an adoptive parent herself, uses her first-hand experience of going through the adoption process to provide child-specific recruitment services to children on her caseload and the families she recruits for them.