The Traumatised Adoptee

Parents who have adopted children from a traumatic background will enjoy a special place in heaven.

Foster parents are the special selfless glue that give Children of Trauma a shot at being normal.

These kids may have been taken by social services because the biological parents couldn't or wouldn't properly care for their children. Often these kids come from abusive or neglectful homes.

The Paperwork Has Been Submitted

Last week Mel and Nate made a very special trip, they went to the Broomfield Health and Human Services (HHS) office to drop off our paperwork, and get the approval process officially started. We are so excited. Next steps, Sherry, the foster care supervisor from HHS, starts the background process, we get fingerprinted and take the core training classes.

National Adoption Awareness Month

11/01/2009 - 00:01
11/30/2009 - 23:59

November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is a film that parents of Children of Trauma will deeply empathize with. It represents, at its core, many of the things we need to help our children work through. It tells a story of horrific abuse - physical, emotional, and sexual. It explores the shame that comes with rape--and not just the emotions of the person who was abused. It weaves a narrative around loss of parents and loved ones. But it also tells a story of unabiding hope for the future.

A Guide to Adoption Services in Maine - Child and Family Services

Address 1: 
Central Office: Office of Child & Family Services
Address 2: 
2 Anthony Avenue
ZIP/Post Code: 
(207) 624-7900

From the site:

Who are the Children Available for Adoption Through the Department of Health and Human Services?

While there are presently many children who need adoptive families, they are generally not infants or toddlers. Most of today's waiting children are grade school age, or older. Many have physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit Set to Expire

From the Facebook "Save the federal Adoption Tax Credit" group page:

New York State Adoption Service NYSAS

Address 1: 
52 Washington Street
Address 2: 
Rm 323 North
New York
ZIP/Post Code: 
1-800-345-KIDS (5437)

From NYSAS site:

The New York State Adoption Service is the focus of adoption services in the Division of Development and Prevention Services which is a division of The Office of Children and Family Services.

Adoption in Pennsylvania

Address 1: 
Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)
Address 2: 
PO Box 2675
ZIP/Post Code: 

From the Adoption in Pennsylvania site:

The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)

It's That Time of Year Again

This post is re-published with kind permission from Joanne at Forever Parents.

Tomorrow, June 5th, is my daughter’s 14th birthday, but we won’t be celebrating.

Let me explain….

When we adopted her, she was eight years old (We also adopted her two siblings at the same time). For the first couple of years, the week leading up to her birthday was always a time of turmoil for us. Moodiness, nastiness and sadness would fill her up and hurt anyone in her path, usually us, her family. Some years it was all I could go to even talk to her during that week….one year I threw her cake into the garbage out of total frustration and another year I cancelled her party a few days before.

Journey To Me

from the Journey To Me Beliefs:

  • We are compassionate and committed to the unique journey of each adopted child.
  • We believe every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.
  • We believe every child deserves a family.
  • We believe every adopted child experiences grief, loss and fear of attachment.
  • We are dedicated to providing a safe network of support for adoptive families.
  • We provide educational resources to those impacted by adoption.