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Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth

June 18, 2015 Comments off

Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway
From e-mail:

National LGBTQ Pride Month reminds us all to work against prejudice and toward a safer and equal society for all, including LGBTQ youth and families involved in child welfare. There are approximately 166,000 youth ages 10–18 in foster care in the United States. Of these youth, an estimated 5–10 percent—and likely more—identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Additionally, more LGBTQ individuals and couples are choosing to grow their families through adoption.

In honor of Pride Month, we are pointing to our publications geared toward helping LGBTQ youth involved with child welfare and LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families interested in adoption.

State Post Adoption Services and Programs

June 11, 2015 Comments off

State Post Adoption Services and Programs
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Includes website links to postadoption information provided by State child welfare systems as well as State-funded and State-contracted organizations.

These results are current as of Friday, June 5, 2015 unless otherwise noted.

Parenting Your Adopted Teenager

May 11, 2015 Comments off

Parenting Your Adopted Teenager
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet is designed to help adoptive parents understand their adopted teenager’s experiences and needs so parents can respond with practical strategies that foster healthy development. These strategies include approaches that acknowledge trauma and loss, support effective communication, promote a teen’s independence, and address behavioral and mental health concerns.

OPM — Handbook on Leave and Workplace Flexibilities for Childbirth, Adoption, and Foster Care

May 11, 2015 Comments off

Handbook on Leave and Workplace Flexibilities for Childbirth, Adoption, and Foster Care (PDF)
Source: Office of Personnel Management

OPM’s Handbook contains guidance to the agencies on advanced sick and annual leave policies as required by the President’s memorandum while emphasizing the various leave entitlements and flexibilities available to assist employees.

The Handbook is divided into three distinct sections to fully assist agencies depending on the specific circumstance of the employee. The sections are: (1) Pregnancy and Childbirth, (2) Adoption and Foster Care, and (3) Interaction of the Various Leave Programs and Workplace Flexibilities. OPM believes that this new Handbook will allow agencies to be in a better position to assist employees or their family members who are experiencing childbirth, adoption, and foster care. In doing so, the Federal Government will continue to support parents to ensure they can both contribute fully in the workplace and also meet the needs of their families.

The experience of grandparents raising grandchildren

April 10, 2015 Comments off

The experience of grandparents raising grandchildren
Source: GrandFamilies

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the experiences of grandparents and the challenges they face raising their grandchildren. This study was conducted through qualitative interviewing, where participants responded to open-ended questions regarding the challenges of raising their grandchildren. Themes and patterns were identified through an open-coding process. The five themes discussed include: characteristics of everyday life, parenting experiences, lack of resources, managing negative emotions, and social changes. Implications for clinical practice and further research are discussed.

FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

April 10, 2015 Comments off

FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of State

Tables 1 and 2 report the number of intercountry adoptions in FY 2014 involving immigration to the United States, regardless of whether the adoption occurred under the Hague Adoption Convention.

Table 3 reports the number of intercountry adoptions in FY 2014 involving emigration from the United States, regardless of whether the adoption occurred under the Hague Adoption Convention.

In FY 2014, adoption service providers (ASPs) reported 3 disrupted placements in Convention adoptions, i.e., cases in which there was an interruption of a placement for adoption during the post-placement (but pre-adoption) period. Table 6 summarizes this information.

In addition, information received from the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to §422(b)(12) of the Social Security Act indicated 79 cases of disruptions and dissolutions involving 91 children who were adopted from foreign countries and entered state custody as a result.

Table 4 reports the average time required for completion of a Convention adoption.

HHS OIG — Not All Children in Foster Care Who Were Enrolled in Medicaid Received Required Health Screenings

March 4, 2015 Comments off

Not All Children in Foster Care Who Were Enrolled in Medicaid Received Required Health Screenings
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General

Nearly a third of children in foster care who were enrolled in Medicaid did not receive at least one required health screening. Furthermore, just over a quarter of children in foster care who were enrolled in Medicaid received at least one required screening late. Moreover, ACF’s reviews do not ensure that children in foster care receive the required screenings according to State schedules.

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