Saturday, November 23, 2013 is National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children and teens in the United States foster care system awaiting permanent families.
Ever year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, communities of parents, judges, and child advocates join together to celebrate adoptive families, finalize adoptions, and encourage others to get involved.
This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true. In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family.
This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.
Get involved in an event in your community. Click here to find an event near you.
If you are a Facebook user you have probably read a few interesting things about your Facebook friends in the last week. I read the “game” updates that appeared on my timeline but had no desire to join the game so I didn’t comment. Then a friend posted a powerfully transparent status that sucked me in. I replied and she assigned me the number 8 this weekend. I had to play fair and write 8 things about myself. I have written three blog posts about myself fairly recently so I started there. I referenced the blogs in numbers 1-3 and made sure not to repeat any “life” details in 4-8.
Today, I thought I’d share my life with my blog community (again). Here we go…
It’s Back To School Time! Many young people are excited to return to school. They want to catch up with their friends and favorite teachers and show off their new back to school gear. Other students start the school year with a bit of apprehension. Children and teens in foster care are often unsure when or where they will start school and that can be terrifying. Frequent moves, emergency placements, and lost paperwork are often to blame.
Here are 8 things I never said as a student:
Today is the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month and I want to offer you an additional way to get involved to support the protection and safety of children.
Ressurrection Graves created Ten Ways to Safeguard Your Child from Sexual Abuse and has implemented a new trademark S.A.F.E.G.U.A.R.D.S.® as the acronym for the ten ways. This prevention curriculum and lecture seminar is taught to professionals, pastors and parents. As a part of the legislative process, Ressurrection has created a petition on change.org entitled, Make Child Sexual Abuse Grooming A Felony.
The purpose of the petition on Change.org is to:
1. Protect children from Child Sexual Abuse Grooming also called Premeditated Child Sexual Abuse.
2. Clearly define what child grooming actually is, by introducing the terms Child Sexual Abuse Grooming and Premeditated Child Sexual Abuse.
Raising awareness about the need to help teenagers in foster care ‘secure’ a forever family through adoption or to help them develop a support system of caring adults who will assist them after their foster care services end is essential to improving their quality of life.
I am honored to have been featured as a foster care expert in an article in The Washington Informer titled “Many Homeless Adults Start their Journey in Foster Care”. You can read the article here.
Below is information about teens in foster care that I was unable to share in the short article but feel you definitely need to know if you seek to understand the link between homelessness and foster care.
Happy first Monday in February! We ushered in 2013 with excitement about living on purpose and the enthusiasm continues.
As you know, The Teen Toolbox blog and services have been dedicated to supporting youth in foster care and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teens at rick of aging out of the foster care system without a permanent family. We have decided to increase our blogging schedule to three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) this year and want to be sure we are writing what you want to read.
Would you please read the following foster care blog posts (over the next couple days or weeks) and provide feedback on what you learned, what else you would like to know about teens in foster care, or questions about how you can get involved and support teens in foster care.
Feel free to comment about the blogs on the pages of the blog posts below if you are inspired to do so, however, please email or inbox any questions or suggestions related to recommended blog topics for 2013. THANK YOU!!
President Barack Obama is sounding the alarm for education reform and the necessity for an increase in college educated citizens to continue to complete on a global scale. Have you heard the urgent appeals for more students majoring in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)? Pearson education firm ranks The United States 17th in the developed world for education in a global report. The business/professional world is also demanding a workforce graduating from school better prepared for global competition. Where do we go from here?
Education is supposed to be “the great equalizer”, the “key to success”, and the “door to opportunity”. Multiple school transfers and missing academic records are an unfortunate reality for many youth in care. These youth often find themselves below grade level in their skills, or over medicated, or lacking academic guidance and support, or simply unable to concentrate in school. They find themselves behind the starting line when other young people have been given a head start. How do we level the playing field when standardized testing is given more and more credibility and training beyond high school is essential to long-term economic self-sufficiency?