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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.

Help a Foster Kid Go To College

Surfing on CNN, I came across this article on kids in the Foster System and University. A shocking 2% of kids from foster care in the USA go to University. Why? They often miss out on formative experiences that give them the tools that they need to cope. It makes total sense to me that this would be the case. Kids who live through multiple traumas and are re-damaged over and over again live in a "fight or flight" world. Their brains haven't developed properly and the organizational skills often lack.

Kinship Care Support

From the KinshipCareSupport.org Site:

Welcome to the Kinship Care Support site. This site is here to be a resource for you amazing families out there who have selflessly stepped up to help care for family members, whether young or old.

This site is a membership site that encourages conversation on the subject of caring for family members. These may be young (and being fostered) or older and need extra attention from family.

Jana Trantow - This is why foster kids are the cool kids. - Ignite Boulder 14

A friend of mine, who was in the foster care system, shared her thoughts and insights recently at Ignite in Boulder. Ignite gives you 5 minutes to do a slide show presentation about some topic. She chose to talk about why foster kids are cool.

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.

FosterClub

FosterClub is a site for youth in foster care. The site's "About Us" describes themselves as:

FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care.

Every two minutes, a child’s life changes as they enter the foster care system. Currently, there are over 513,000 young people in foster care in across America. FosterClub is their club — a place to turn for advice, information, and hope.

Foster Cares

From the Foster Cares Homepage:

Foster Cares, Inc. is a non-profit (501c3), located just South of Denver, Colorado. But our mission is nationwide.

Our main focus and primary mission is providing (at no cost) discounts and benefits, as well as time saving tools for those most involved in the actual care taking of foster children.

A true offering of tangible benefits for foster parents has been noticeably absent from this nation’s foster care system. Anyone who is a foster parent or foster care provider or knows one would quickly agree.

State of Delaware

Address 1: 
1825 Faulkland Rd
City: 
Wilmington
State/Province: 
Delaware
ZIP/Post Code: 
19805
Phone: 
302/633-2655

From the Delaware Adoption Page:

How Does A Person Become An Adoptive Parent?

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Address 1: 
505 Hudson Street
City: 
Hartford
State/Province: 
Connecticut
ZIP/Post Code: 
6106
Phone: 
866-637-4737

From the Connecticut Department of Children and Families site:

Care For A Child

Adopt, Foster or Mentor a child who is near you.

Help a Child Shine!

A child that is near you may be the child that needs you most.

If you are a caring adult looking to adopt, care for or mentor a child, you don’t need to travel far and you don’t need a king’s fortune.

Is your heart open to adopting, caring for or mentoring a child?

Change a life - yours and a child’s - adopt, foster or mentor a child.

Why Adopt? Why Social Services?

Walking Around Copenhagen

My wife and I always knew that we wanted to have a kid or two. We also were pretty certain that we didn't want to increase the surface population. We knew that there were lots of kids both here in the United States and abroad who were without parents for one reason or another.