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Saturday Is National Adoption Day
November 21, 2009, marks the 10th year for National Adoption Day. Through the help of adoption professionals, child advocates, judges, and attorneys, thousands

Find My Family - Sneak Peek Tonight on ABC
Set your digital recorders for ABC tonight for Find My Family. From the same producer as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Find My Family promises to be a roller

Adoption Search Leads to Charles Manson
A new story in The Sun seems to be getting a lot of attention, a report of a very upsetting adoption reunion find - Charles Manson. 12 years ago, adoptee

Guatemalan National Adoption Council Looking to Begin Pilot Adoption Program
The Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) posted an announcement that the Guatemalan National Adoption Council is working towards the

Adoption in the News - Adult Adoptions and Madonna
Adult Adoption of a 64-Year-Old This may sound odd, but I receive a lot of email asking how one can be adopted as an adult. Does that surprise you? It did me

What to Watch this Weekend - 48 Hours Mystery "The Lost Children"
While I'm completely jazzed about seeing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on CBS this Saturday, I will also be recording the next 48 Hours Mystery which is also

The State of Adoption in Haiti After the Earthquake
After the earthquake, rated a 7.0 on the Richter scale, rocked Haiti I have been seeking information on how this will impact adoptions. Haiti ranked 8th in the

Jolie-Pitt Donate $100,000 to American SOS Children's Villages
It is no secret the concern that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have for children, especially children in need. This Christmas the famous couple looked within

New Year Resolution Time - and I've Already Blown it!
2010, seemed like a better year to start New Year Resolutions because we had a few days to get ready for it since January 1, or day 1 of a resolution was on a

Country Singer Jimmy Wayne Walking to Raise Awareness of Teens Aging Out of Foster Care
While much of the country was sleeping in January 1, 2010, country singer, Jimmy Wayne was preparing to take a very long walk. At 10:00 a.m. CT Jimmy Wayne

Another Hollywood Adoption
Jean Smart and husband Richard Gilliland brought home a baby girl in May 2009, but has just recently made the announcement on The Bonnie Hunt Show. The little

Update on Haiti Adoptions
Please know that the love and concern for these children is overwhelming, but completing a quick Haitian adoption is probably not going to be a possibility.

Humanitarian Parole for Haiti's Orphans but Stop Seeking New Adoptions
Joe Raedle / Getty Images So much has happened this week regarding Haiti's orphans and orphanages. But the main point being made by 3 different

10 Americans Arrested After Allegedly Trying to Smuggle 33 Children Out of Haiti
Joe Raedle / Getty Images This past Friday night, 10 Americans were arrested after getting caught trying to cross into the Dominican Republic with 33

Love Languages and the Family
We had a conversation with our daughter recently about some of her behavior. You know, not doing chores, blowing us off when we try to talk to her, not allowing

Americans Charged with Child Abduction in Haiti
The drama seems to continue for the 10 Americans who were arrested last Friday for attempting to take 33 Haitian children out of Haiti and into the Dominican

Peyton Manning Is a Force On the Field and in His Community
Andy Lyons / Getty Images I'm totally excited to find a Super Bowl connection for my Web site.† Actually it's a Peyton Manning, of the Indianapolis Colts,

Help Me Build My About Adoption & Foster Care Facebook Fan Page
Taking the advice from fellow Guide, Liz Kennedy, I decided to let you all know that I have a fan page on Facebook. I link to it in my weekly newsletter, but I

New Orleans Saints Scott Fujita may be Caucasian, but he Feels Culturally Japanese
Win McNamee / Getty Images Yes, I found yet another Super Bowl connection. New Orleans Saints linebacker, Scott Fujita happens to be an adoptee. His

Another Way to Give to Haiti's Orphans
Wendy's is collecting donations for Haitian orphans from now until the end of February. Look for coin canisters in your local Wendy'srestaurants or go to

Lifebooks Can Help a Foster Child Feel a Sense of Pride
A few weeks ago we did a respite foster care weekend for few foster children. We've spent several weekends with the kids and they really wanted to bring along

Reader Asks for Advice on Blending Bio and Adopted Siblings
I just received an email a few days ago from a reader who is asking for ideas on blending foster or adopted siblings with birth child: Hi Carrie, I

Couple Charged with Murder After Death of 7-Year-Old Russian Child
Last week Nanette and Michael Craver of Pennsylvania were charged with first-degree murder for the beating death of their 7-year-old adopted son. Ivan

Reader Asks for Advice on How and When to Tell a Child About Adoption
I just received an email a few days ago from a reader who is asking for ideas on when and how to bring up the topic of adoption with her child: Dear

Man Hopes YouTube Video and a Reward Can Connect Him with Birth Family
An adoption search is often difficult, like searching for a pebble in a sandbox. Photo © Carrie Craft, licensed to About.com, Inc. We've talked about

Another Celebrity Adoption Story
I don't know how many of you watch Modern Family, but I just love it.† I knew I needed a change when I stopped and thought about how much crime TV shows I

Are Adoptive Parents Guilty of Enabling and Being Over Protective?
This is a discussion we had in the forum last year, but thought we'd post it here on the blog for discussion. Toni, one of our About Adoption & Foster Care

Hollywood's Next Adoptive Parent May Be Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren plan to adopt a child after she volunteered on the ABC show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring a large

An Update on One Child that Was Thought to Be an Orphan
A 'miracle' update from the Haiti earthquake. So many of us love reunion stories, well here is one that will bring a tear to your eye. When 2-month-old baby

Russian Child Returned to Moscow Creates International Incident that May Have Halted All Russian Adoptions
Just heard from a contact that the world of Russian adoption has been turned upside down when a 7-year-old child was sent back to Moscow, one-way ticket with a

Russian Adoptions Suspended Pending Next Week's Meeting
As I was writing my last blog, the world of Russian adoption changed - again. Spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said during a briefing that new adoptions by

The Future of Russian Adoption Continues to Hang in the Balance
Since Tennessee adoptive mom, Torry Hansen, placed her 7-year-old adopted son on a flight back to Russia last Friday, everything has been chaotic in the

Arkansas Ban on Gay Adoption & Foster Care Overturned
David Friedman / Getty Images Last Friday the Arkansas law that banned unmarred couples or cohabiting couples from fostering or adopting was overturned by

The Future of Russian Adoptions for Americans Still Unknown
Due to the delay of travel this week, the Moscow meeting between Russian officials and the State Department were rescheduled. The meeting has been pushed to

Sandra Bullock Adopted a Baby Boy - 3 Months Ago!
Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images I am a huge Sandra Bullock fan, always have been. I was so happy when she won an academy award for her role as an

Thoughts About Dad or Father's Day? Please Join Our Blog Carnival
If you blog about parenting or family, please join the All About Parenting Blog Carnival for June, which I'm hosting here at the Adoption & Foster Care

Positive Meetings Between Russia and the United States Regarding the Future of Russian Adoptions
According to the United States Department of State, yesterday marked the end of 3 days of meetings in Moscow regarding the future of international adoptions

International Adoption Updates - One Program Halted While Another One Resumes
Kazakhstan - According to the U.S. Department of State, no new dossiers will be accepted until Kazakhstan implements a Hague Convention-compliant system.

Glee and Adoption
Lea Michele plays Rachel Berry on the hit show, Glee a character that sings her way through most of her emotions, including those about her adoption. Kevin

This Week's Lesson from the Craft's Foster Home: Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Language
After over two years my husband and I have accepted our first foster care placement. We have not parented toddlers for several years and we have never parented

More Hollywood Adoptions and Adoption Plans
Sheryl Crow - Single mom, Sheryl Crow announced Friday that she has adopted another baby boy, making her son Wyatt, now age 3, a big brother. Levi James was

An Interview with The Washington Times Communities and an Interesting Question
I recently was given the opportunity to be interviewed by Andrea Poe, for the The Washington Times Communities . If you have a few moments, check out the

Michael Jackson's Children Coping Well One Year After Their Father's Death
It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the world lost Michael Jackson, but that could be because the funeral was delayed until July 7, and with the

Hollywood Adoption Updates
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - I began seeing these reports last week about Angelina and Pitt adopting again, but didn't know if there was anything to it. But

While Vacationing with All Your Children Keep Realistic Expectations
We never had time to take vacations as a child because my dad owned his own business and worked six days a week. The best we could do was weekend trips or

Adoptive Parents Charged with Theft after Fraudulently Receiving Adoption Subsidy
We have not heard much about the case of Adam Herrman, not since January 2009, but Butler County, Kansas officials want everyone to know that the investigation

The Adoption Home Study Process
Over the past several months our family has been contemplating adopting again. So, we started the adoption home study process and have been working with a

Facebook Adoption Reunion Takes an Awful Turn
The Associated Press reported yesterday that 36-year-old birth mother, Aimee L. Sword of Michigan, plead guilty to having sex with her son that she placed for

Russia and U.S. Continue Talks in Moscow this Week
Yesterday through tomorrow marks the fourth round of talks in Moscow between the United States and Russia. The two countries are working on a bilateral

Hollywood Adoption Updates
Sir Elton John - Sir Elton John, after being not being allowed to adopt a Russian child last year, is allegedly trying to adopt a child from South Africa. Sir

2010 National Adoption Day Spokesperson Announced
The National Adoption Day Coalition has announced its new celebrity spokesperson for 2010. This award-winning actress/writer/director and adoptive parent,

RegDay Is this Saturday
The International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) was developed with the idea of providing a means for families that have been separated due to divorce,

Public vs. Private: Which School Choice Is Better for Your Adopted Child?
Let's review an older post and the blog comments that were posted on the subject of private or public school choices for adopted children. The subject came

Jimmy Wayne Completes Walk to Raise Awareness for Homeless Teens
On January 1, Jimmy Wayne left Nashville, Tennessee and started walking toward Phoenix, Arizona. A 1,700 mile walk to raise awareness of homeless teens for the

What's in a Name? What if the Name Is Adolf Hitler?
Heath and Deborah Campbell, lost custody of their three children, Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell;

12 Haitian Children Wait for Answers
Joe Raedle / Getty Images After the earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, 54 children were rescued from the Bresma orphanage in Port-au-Prince on

Back-to-School Today! How About Your Kids?
Today my baby started 8th grade. I have no idea how that happened because I could swear I just bought her a Dora, the Explorer backpack for Kindergarten. We

Grandparents an Important Piece to Helping the Adopted Child Feel Welcome
Grandparents Day is coming up and it's not just a day to celebrate and honor grandparents, but also a day for grandparents to show their love for their

One of the Teams on The Amazing Race Has an Adoption Connection
Team Andie and Jenna will have only met for the third time when they stand at the starting line for the new season of The Amazing Race that is set to premier on

What Makes an Adoption or Foster Care Hero?
I just learned about People Magazine's Readers' Choice Hero and among the 9 finalists are two that have a connection to foster care or adoption. Take a

Gay Adoption in the News
Florida - Gay adoption is still a huge topic in Florida, especially since the state is waiting for a ruling to be made by the Third District Court of Appeal.

It Seems that We All Have a Dinner Date Next Monday
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University want you to know that the most important dinner date in your life is your child!

Grant Awarded in the Hopes of Changing Long-term Foster Care
Last Friday it was announced that a grant of $9.5 million will be awarded to help reduce the number of children in long-term foster care. The grant money from

Parenting Book - Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control What Do You Think?
When you become a foster or adoptive parent, it's almost like you've joined a club. Suddenly you have a special connection to other foster and adoptive

Gay Adoption Ban Over in Florida
Joe Raedle/Getty Images Frank Martin Gill, a gay foster parent, stops to spend time with one of his foster sons, who he can now legally adopt as his own.

Rod Stewart Opens Up About Daughter He Placed for Adoption 46 Years Ago
At the age of 17 or 18, rocker Rod Stewart placed a daughter for adoption. Sarah Streeter, who lives in England, learned of her famous biological father as an

How Do You Celebrate Adoption Anniversaries?
I can't believe it. I forgot to post a blog about our adoption anniversary. I usually remember and post a blog, but this year we had house guests, so

The Heart Gallery NYC Hopes that the Combination of Celebrity Photographers and Foster Children Will Mean Adoptive Homes
Tomorrow night, the Heart Gallery NYC will launch new photographs of foster children in need of adoptive homes. The Heart Gallery NYC is made up of 100

Teleconference for Those Interested in Guatemala Adoptions
The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children's Issues is holding a teleconference on Guatemala adoptions this coming Monday December 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am -

Holiday Gift Lists for Holiday Season 2010
I personally love Black Friday shopping. It's become a tradition for me and my sisters. This year my daughter is joining us.† I can't help but wonder if this

Sheryl Crow Chose Closed Adoptions
Sheryl Crow, age 48, shared in recent interviews that she requested closed adoptions, where no information about the adoptive family or the children would be

A Great Book and a Beautiful Necklace
Written by adoptive mother Patti Bongiorno, Tangled Hearts tells the story of a fictional adoption that reflects reality with Bongiorno's strong

Jolie-Pitt Foundation Donate 150,000 Dollars to SOS Children's Villages USA
In honor of National Adoption Month, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation announced a donation of 150,000 USD to SOS Children's Villages USA. The SOS Villages focus on

What to Watch During the Christmas Season
Another one of my Christmas traditions, besides watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and a Charlie Brown Christmas and of course the

What Have You Learned Since Being a Foster or Adoptive Parent?
I have given up on making new year resolutions, mostly because I make the same ones year after year. It tends to get a bit depressing when I see I still have

Deadly Earthquake Hit Haiti a Year Ago Today
Mario Tama/Getty Images Child sleeping in a tent of the Children's Foundation of Haiti orphanage which lost its building in the earthquake. It's been

Foster Parenting Tip: Preparing for Respite Foster Care
In the past I have helped out my good friend by doing regular respite for her and her family. They were experiencing heavy stress with a foster child that was

Elton John and David Furnish Are Fathers Thanks to a Surrogate Mother
After being denied the opportunity to adopt a 14-month old Ukrainian child, Lev, back in 2009, Elton John and his partner of 17 David Furnish, are the proud

Adoption in Florida Finally Finalized in Court
Joe Raedle/Getty Images Martin Gill spends time with one of his newly adopted sons. After fostering two little boys for six years and fighting a three

Oprah's Big Secret? An Adoption Connection
Well, Oprah shared her big family secret yesterday on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and I learned that I have something in common with the big O, herself. I wish it

Create Simple Traditions of Love this Valentine's Day
I love Valentine's Day. We grew up with our own family traditions and many of them we still maintain in my family today. My mother was awesome about buying

The Biggest Loser Star Jillian Michaels Is Part of a Pilot Adoption Program
Hoping to adopt from a new adoption program for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 36-year-old Jillian Michaels has shared that she is ready to parent.† She

Book Review: Risk and Promise: a Handbook for Parents Adopting a Child from Overseas
Risk and Promise: a Handbook for Parents Adopting a Child from Overseas takes the information that usually comes in adoption referrals and teaches prospective

Is There Room for Facebook within Adoption Relationships?
Facebook seems to be the thread that connects us all. I have to snicker when my almost 70-year-old step-mom calls to tell me that she saw on Facebook that

How Much Should Adoptees Share?
I just ran across an interesting blog advice column where one of the latest emails to the blogger was from an adoptee. She had an interesting question and

Deciding What Is Right for Foster Homes
When completing the licensing paperwork necessary to become a foster parent, at least it's this way in Kansas, prospective foster parents are asked to note what

International Adoption Update
Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Ministry of Women's, Children's and Youth Affairs has decided to cut Ethiopian adoptions by 90% beginning March 1, 2011. This plan calls

State Adoption Law Updates
Nebraska: Earlier this month a new bill (LB94) by Omaha Sen. Gwen Howard gives prospective adoptive parents of foster children the opportunity to read case

Japanese Adoptions
The U.S. Department of State posted an update today regarding Japan and adoption. The adoption process has not changed in Japan due to the recent natural

Woman Caught in Numerous Alleged Adoption Scams
A Missouri woman faced her first court appearance today after meeting with prospective adoptive parents, and allegedly taking their money with the intentions of

Tons of Hollywood Adoption Updates
I know we just love to gossip about what's going on with adoption and celebrities we love or love to hate. So, here is some random buzz. Angelina Jolie - So,

China Once Again Allowing Single Women to Adopt
It was announced March 15, 2011, by the China Center for Children Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), (formerly the China Center of Adoption Affairs), that single

New Adoption Preference Bill Signed in Arizona
Married couples seeking to adopt in Arizona will be given preference over single parent adoptions for state adoptions due to a new bill signed by Gov. Jan

Law & Order: SVU Star a New Adoptive Parent
Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU just recently became an adoptive mother with the addition of American born, Amaya Josephine. Bi-racial Amaya was born

Celebrities Selfish if They Choose Pregnancy Over Adoption?
While browsing the web looking for adoption related stories, I came across one blog with a point of view I couldn't resist passing on to my readers here. The

Is Foster Care Adoption Really the Easy Route?
Many prospective adoptive parents are turning from expensive private adoptions toward foster care adoption. Those who know me know that we adopted from foster

Don't Delay Creating Lifebooks - Foster Babies Need Them Too
I just received an email from a reader who is asking for ideas on when and how to start a lifebook for a foster baby and if it would be too upsetting for the

Adoption Movies Like Kung Fu Panda 2 Offer Opportunities for Discussion with Children
When it comes to telling a child that he was adopted, I believe it's best if the topic has always been just something that has been discussed openly. I know

50 Cent Shares His Adoption Story on MTV
Hip-hop star 50 Cent shares in a new documentary about his life, 50 Cent: The Origin of Me, that he was adopted by his grandmother after the murder of his

Two Different States Look at Openness in Adoption Records
New Jersey is waiting for Republican Gov. Chris Christie to sign a new bill into law and he has until June 23 to sign or not. If he does sign the bill, New

Former Foster Child Starts Monthly National Foster Care Magazine
According to a press release, The first national foster care magazine has been launched and distributed as of May 2, 2011. Former foster child Chris

America's Waiting Children
America's Waiting Children

Positive Story About Los Angeles Foster Kids as 180 Graduate from High School
Positive Story About Los Angeles Foster Kids as 180 Graduate from High School

Adoption Agreement with Russia Finally Signed!
Adoption Agreement with Russia Finally Signed!

Preparing Your Home for an Older Adoptive or Foster Child Placement
I will be starting a new MAPP class this week. MAPP is the training program required for prospective foster and adoptive parents in the state of Kansas; it's

New Jersey Adoption Record Bill Vetoed with Conditions
New Jersey Adoption Record Bill Vetoed with Conditions

Hollywood Adoptions
Hollywood Adoptions

Casey Anthony Acquitted of Murder
Casey Anthony Acquitted of Murder

Was President Obama Almost Placed for Adoption?
Was President Obama Almost Placed for Adoption?

Adoption News and Updates
Adoption News and Updates

What Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Child?
What Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Child?

Visits with Family Foster Care Worker Important Part of Fostering Process
Visits with Family Foster Care Worker Important Part of Fostering Process

Is Foster Care the Right Option for Obese Children?
Is Foster Care the Right Option for Obese Children?

Some Thoughts About a New School Year and Foster Parents
Some Thoughts About a New School Year and Foster Parents

Would Have Been Tragic if Winehouse Was Approved to Adopt
Would Have Been Tragic if Winehouse Was Approved to Adopt

Russia Not Completely Happy with Hot Sauce Mom's Punishment
Russia Not Completely Happy with Hot Sauce Mom's Punishment

Celebrity Adoption News and Updates
Celebrity Adoption News and Updates

Missouri May End Adoption Tax Credit for International Adoptions
Missouri May End Adoption Tax Credit for International Adoptions

Russian Adoption in the News Again as Hot Sauce Mom Is in Lots of Hot Water
Russian Adoption in the News Again as Hot Sauce Mom Is in Lots of Hot Water

Trial in the Death of 7-Year-Old Russian Adoptee Continues
Trial in the Death of 7-Year-Old Russian Adoptee Continues

Halloween Costume Ideas for Late October Placements
Some of us like to spend several days or even weeks perfecting our child's Halloween costume. Sometimes it's because we enjoy the holiday fun of it all, other

Couple Found Guilty in Death of Child Adopted from Russia
Couple Found Guilty in Death of Child Adopted from Russia

Sex and the City Star Adopts a Baby Girl
Sex and the City Star Adopts a Baby Girl

Controversy Over Glee's Adoption Plot Line
Controversy Over Glee's Adoption Plot Line

Would Steve Jobs Have Been the Creater of the Mac Without Adoption?
Would Steve Jobs Have Been the Creater of the Mac Without Adoption?

A Hollywood Adoption and an Adoption Reunion
A Hollywood Adoption and an Adoption Reunion

From File Reading Tips to Family Meetings - New Articles to Help You on Your Foster or Adoption Journey
From File Reading Tips to Family Meetings - New Articles to Help You on Your Foster or Adoption Journey

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal
Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

Russian Adoption in the News - Two Infamous Cases in and Out of Court
Russian Adoption in the News - Two Infamous Cases in and Out of Court

Ending November and Adoption Month with Celebrity Adoptions
Ending November and Adoption Month with Celebrity Adoptions

New Article Round-up for November 2011
New Article Round-up for November 2011

Top 15 Topics of 2011
Top 15 Topics of 2011

Huntsman Upset by Hateful Ad Featuring Adopted Daughters
Huntsman Upset by Hateful Ad Featuring Adopted Daughters

One Celebrity Closer to Adopting While the Other Further Ponders the Possibilities
One Celebrity Closer to Adopting While the Other Further Ponders the Possibilities

Children's Book of the Week for Foster Kids
Author and foster mother, Cynthia Miller Lovell, contacted me about the book she wrote back in 1999, for younger foster children. I found her book, The Star

Foster Care Book Review
Carefully constructed so that the message does not scream out to a child, Finding the Right Spot is a book I would recommend to all foster homes. The story

The Culture of Foster Care and New Book: Postcards From The Soul
The Foster Care Alumni of America's Community Art Project explores the culture of foster care through these very personal pieces of art. Who knew so much could

Hollywood Adoptions - Bonding Is Important
Hollywood Adoptions - Bonding Is Important

Country Star's Child to Remain in Foster Care
Country Star's Child to Remain in Foster Care

New Resource Available for All Foster Parents
New Resource Available for All Foster Parents

Judge Ruled Child Support Due to Child Sent Back to Russia
Judge Ruled Child Support Due to Child Sent Back to Russia

Foster Family Needs Guidance on the Possibility of a Foster Care Adoption
Foster Family Needs Guidance on the Possibility of a Foster Care Adoption

International Adoption Update for March 2012
International Adoption Update for March 2012

New Articles for March 2012
New Articles for March 2012

National Association of Social Workers Announce Media Award Winners
National Association of Social Workers Announce Media Award Winners

In the News: Adoption Scam Artist Going to Prison
In the News: Adoption Scam Artist Going to Prison

The Avengers Movie Offends Some Adoptees
The Avengers Movie Offends Some Adoptees

Foster Parent Appreciation Month
Well, we received our gift from our foster care agency yesterday. A nice mug filled with Hershey Kisses and a DVD about the foster care program so that we may

Fathers and the Important Connections They Share with Their Children
Last year I asked our forum members to submit their thoughts about fathers. I received many heartfelt responses - both about good fathers and fathers I didn't

Going Through Big Life Changes? This May Not Be the Best Time to Add to Your Family
Whether or not to add another child to your home is a very tough decision. There is much to consider. One thing that we had to stop and think about recently

Hot Weather May Bring Needed Changes in Hair & Skin Care Routines
Nancy R. Cohen / Getty Images It's hot. It's really, really hot here in KS. Three digit temperatures. And with the change in the weather, comes needed

What if He's Reluctant to Be a Foster or Adoptive Dad?
When I first approached my husband about becoming a foster father, he was hesitant. He had a lot of questions about what it meant to be a foster father and

While Planning Your Summer Vacation Keep Expectations Realistic
We have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy yearly vacations. We have enjoyed taking our children white water rafting in Colorado, visiting friends in

Jennifer Lopez Open to Adoption Thanks to New Movie
Jennifer Lopez Open to Adoption Thanks to New Movie

Hero Movie Brings Out Bullies
Hero Movie Brings Out Bullies

Katherine Heigle and Jennifer Lopez - Hollywood Adoption News
Katherine Heigle and Jennifer Lopez - Hollywood Adoption News

Jillian Michaels and Partner Blessed Twice this Month
Jillian Michaels and Partner Blessed Twice this Month

Understanding a Safety Plan and How to Use One in Your Foster or Adoptive Home
When new children come into your home, whether as foster children or through adoption, different issues may pop up as you get to know that child. I know we've

Use Child's Artwork as Gifts for Birth Parents
Whether you are working with a birth parent in a foster care situation or keeping in touch through an open adoption arrangement, nothing beats a handmade gift.

What to Do on Rainy Summer Days
Photo Courtesy of Raab Associates, Inc It has been very rainy here, so that usually means kids in the house - bored. What a great time to have some

Share Your Foster and Adoptive Parent Summertime Knowledge
Share Your Foster and Adoptive Parent Summertime Knowledge

Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby - Is it Right or Wrong?
Is adoptive breastfeeding right or wrong? Is this about bonding with the baby or fulfilling a deep need of the adoptive mother? Are there health and

Andy Griffith Was an Adoptive Parent
Andy Griffith Was an Adoptive Parent

Intercountry Adoption Updates for Russia and South Africa
Intercountry Adoption Updates for Russia and South Africa

New Articles for July 2012
New Articles for July 2012

Olympian Adoptee Reese Hoffa Competes This Morning in London
Olympian Adoptee Reese Hoffa Competes This Morning in London

Back to School in a New School
Back to School in a New School

New Articles for August 2012
New Articles for August 2012

The 2012 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
The 2012 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Newest Angels in Adoption Honored in DC this Week
Newest Angels in Adoption Honored in DC this Week

International Adoption Update
International Adoption Update

New Articles for September 2012
New Articles for September 2012

Looking for a Scary Read this October?
Looking for a Scary Read this October?

Please Share and Take Our Poll - How Often Do Your Children Discuss Their Adoption?
Often - almost daily. Only around holidays, birthdays, or other anniversaries. Weekly. Once a month or so. Hardly ever - I have to bring it up.

Organize Your Foster Care Files with Printable Worksheets
Most homes with children have a few used 3-ring binders laying around, left over from various school projects. These binders are often in pretty good shape

Happy Adoption Anniversary Boys!
Yes, seven years ago today, my husband, myself, and our daughter finalized the foster care adoption of our 3 boys. We fostered them for two years before facing

The First Few Weeks Home With Your New Child
One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive parents is, What about those first few days in our home?

Russian Adoption Update: The Agreement Will Enter Into Force Soon
Russian Adoption Update: The Agreement Will Enter Into Force Soon

Aging Out Teens Received "Starter Kits" from IKEA
Aging Out Teens Received Starter Kits from IKEA

The X Factor Helps with an Adoption Search for One Talented Adoptee
The X Factor Helps with an Adoption Search for One Talented Adoptee

New Articles for October 2012
New Articles for October 2012

OWN to Air the Movie "Precious"
OWN to Air the Movie Precious

Spokeo and Mixed Roots Foundation Launch Program to Celebrate Adoption Search Angels
Spokeo and Mixed Roots Foundation Launch Program to Celebrate Adoption Search Angels

New Articles for November 2012
New Articles for November 2012

Adoptive Parents Are New Millionaires Thanks to Powerball
Adoptive Parents Are New Millionaires Thanks to Powerball

One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions - Watching 'A Home for the Holidays' on CBS
One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions - Watching 'A Home for the Holidays' on CBS

New Anti-Magnitsky Act a Possible Problem for Russian Adoptions
New Anti-Magnitsky Act a Possible Problem for Russian Adoptions

New Articles for December 2012
New Articles for December 2012

United State's Citizens Banned from Adopting Russian Orphans
United State's Citizens Banned from Adopting Russian Orphans

Is 2013 the Year You Add to Your Family?
Is 2013 the Year You Add to Your Family?

Foster Parenting Challenges - Telling a Foster Child They Are Moving
Foster Parenting Challenges - Telling a Foster Child They Are Moving

Mindy McCready Dead at Age 37
Mindy McCready Dead at Age 37

New Articles for January 2013
New Articles for January 2013

I Like __________.
I Like __________.

Hollywood Adoption - Rosie O'Donnell
Hollywood Adoption - Rosie O'Donnell

New Articles for February 2013
New Articles for February 2013

10 Things that Will Help You Become a Foster Parent in the Future
May brings us National Foster Care Awareness Month. The purpose of the month long celebration is to help others to be more aware of the need for more foster

Share Your Heartfelt or Funny Moments of Being a Foster or an Adoptive Mother
How would you finish the following sentence?

April Is also National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month. I really enjoy poetry. Not just the reading of poems, but the writing of poetry as well. We have many talented readers who

Spokeo Announces Winners of the Spokeo Search Angel Awards
Spokeo, along with partner Mixed Roots Foundation, just recently announced five winners of the Spokeo Search Angel Awards. The winners are: Joanna Eve

May Is National Foster Care Awareness Month
This month all over the country different agencies celebrate and honor foster parents, but there is a larger goal. To motivate more Americans to step up and

Mother's Day Is Coming!
There are so many people who don't understand what it means to parent another's child. The comments that I receive run from, you're such a saint to you're

Today Is BirthMother's Day
Saturday before Mother's Day is Birthmother's Day. Here is a link to some awesome poetry and other writings by birth/first mom's. Especially read

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day

Help Your Child Finish the School Year on a Strong Note
Help Your Child Finish the School Year on a Strong Note

Foster Focus Magazine and Chris Chmielewski
Photo courtesy of Chris Chmielewski Two years ago we learned about the launch of a new magazine for foster parents and others who work within the foster

Foster Parenting and Written Documentation
Many foster parents are surprised by the amount of paperwork foster parents are asked to maintain. We keep a child's medical forms, write daily or monthly logs

New Articles for April 2013
This month I focused on adoption search angels and adoption searches. Suggested Reading/New Articles and Features: What Is the Spokeo Search Angel

The Adoptive Family and Adoption Reunions
It's not easy being the adoptive parents during an adoption reunion. I think it's especially true when it's a foster care adoption and you as the foster

Working a Family Reunification Plan - Another Skill of a Great Foster Parent
My foster parent friend is once again helping a foster child reunify back with a birth father. The social worker or case manager on the case has put into

Wendyís Seventh Annual Fatherís Day Frosty Weekend
I just got my email reminder about Wendy's Fourth Annual Father's Day Frosty Weekend!† Check out www.FrostyCard.com, a site where kids can create

To the Dads They Didn't Have to Be
Carrie Craft and her dad, Charles, sometime in the early 1970's. Photo © Carrie Craft We had our Father's Day traditions growing up. Father's Day meant

Foster Parenting Hints to Help Prepare for the Summer
Foster Parenting Hints to Help Prepare for the Summer

The Fosters on ABC Family
If you missed last night's premier of The Fosters, a new show on ABC Family, then according to Chris Chmielewski, Editor of Foster Focus magazine, you missed

School Starting This Week
My little girl is going to be a Junior this year - an upper classman. It's so hard to believe - time does fly. Thursday is her first day back. This will be

The Comments and Rude Questions that Really Hurt Our Children
I've decided that I'm tired of rude people. I'm especially tired of rude people who think a simple,

A Children's Book Designed to Help Non-adopted Children Understand Adoption
My daughter has a good friend named Caleb. He has been around our family for the past several years. A few years ago he started making observations about our

Happy Adoption Reunion Anniversary to Us!
Another year has gone by and it's amazing to me that it has now been 15 years since the adoption reunion with our sister, Pam. I think I remember things

New Articles for August 2013
New Articles for August 2013

Create or Maintain a Bond with Extended Family - Grandparents Day Gift Ideas
Next Sunday, September 13th, marks the 31st anniversary of Grandparentís Day, a day to celebrate and honor the grandparents in our lives. Have you ever thought

Back to School and Reports of Child Abuse Seem to Go Hand in Hand
Back to School and Reports of Child Abuse Seem to Go Hand in Hand

A Fall Book with a Potential Foster Care or Adoption Message
I love the fall weather. The leaves are starting to change and the temperature drops a bit; not enough to be cold, but enough to need a light jacket. A Simple

Fully Understanding Your Role as a Foster Parent
Part of becoming a new foster parent is understanding how to advocate for your foster children and who you will be partnering within the many different

The 2013 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
The Dave Thomas Foundation has named the 2013 Best Adoption-friendly Workplaces. The Wendy's Company topped the list for the sixth year in a row offering up to

On the Loss of a Son
While today - most people are remembering the losses of September 11, 2001, my family and I are in the middle of grieving the loss we experienced on September

Learning to Read Between the Lines of the Profiles of Waiting Children
Learning to Read Between the Lines of the Profiles of Waiting Children

Bring Foster Kids into the Kitchen this Holiday Season
I've spoken with some foster parents who do not want their foster kids in the kitchen, the very thought bringing about an almost visible gag reflex.

TLC's The Little Couple Adopt Second Baby
People magazine reported yesterday that Dr. Jennifer Arnold, 39, and husband Bill Klein, 38, welcomed home a 2-year-old daughter Zoey from India. The couple

Young Man Asks Church Congregation for an Adoptive Family
It is being reported that one young man, Davion Only of Florida, decided to take the search for a forever family into his own hands. It was approached in an

Happy Adoption Anniversary to Our Sons
Happy Adoption Anniversary to Our Sons

2010 Year in Review January
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in January 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? Start the 2010 year in review with January.

2010 Year in Review October
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in October 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? What rocker went public about an adoption reunion with a daughter? What famous adoptee designed a shoe to help foster children? A year in review, 2010. Page 10.

2010 Year in Review November
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in November 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? What famous adoptive couple donated a large sum of money to charity that helps children in foster care? What single adoptive mother chose closed adoptions for her children? A year in review, 2010. Page 11.

2010 Year in Review December
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in December 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? A year in review, 2010. Page 12.

2010 Year in Review February
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in February 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? Who is Scott Fujita and how does Peyton Manning help foster children? Do you remember when the missionaries got arrested in Haiti? A year in review, 2010. Page 2.

2010 Year in Review March
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in March 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? What Modern Family cast member adopted a child? How has social media impacted the world of adoption? A year in review. Page 3.

2010 Year in Review April
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What celebrity announced their adoption, three months after the fact? What happened to blow up the world of Russian adoption? A year in review, 2010. Page 4.

2010 Year in Review May
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in May 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? What TV show had numerous adoption sub plots? What celebrity adopted a baby girl? A year in review, 2010. Page 5.

2010 Year in Review June
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in June 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? How many celebrity adoptions occurred this month? A year in review, 2010. Page 6.

2010 Year in Review July
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in July 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? Which celebrity created a mockumentary about celebrity adoptions? What is Genetic Sexual Attraction? A year in review, 2010. Page 7.

2010 Year in Review August
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in August 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? Learn more about the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. A year in review, 2010. Page 8.

2010 Year in Review September
Review the year 2010 one month at a time. What happened in September 2010 when it came to the world of adoption and foster care? Who was the People Magazine's Reader's Choice Hero? Who were the top 100 adoption friendly workplaces? A year in review, 2010. Page 9.

Black Hair Care and Caring for Your African American or Biracial Child's Hair
Learn how to care for African American hair. Simple black hair care tips and steps to caring for African American hair.

A Few Things to Know About African American Hair Care
A few basic tips on caring for African American Hair and biracial hair. Page 2.

Necessary Tools Needed to Care for African American and Bi-racial Hair
Tips on choosing the proper tools to care for your child's African American or biracial hair. Page 3.

Quick Black Hair Care Tips
Learn basic black hair care tips to help when working with your child's African American or biracial hair. Page 4.

Black Hair Care Common Mistakes
Learn the common mistakes made while providing black hair care. Page 5.

Adoption Announcement - Perfect for an Older Child Adoption or International Adoption Announcement
Adoption announcements for international adoptions are difficult to find. Here is an easy to make adoption announcement perfect for international adoptions.

Adoption Announcement - Perfect for an Older Child Adoption
A cute and easy to make an adoption announcement.

Layering the Adoption Announcement for an Older Child
Steps to creating an adoption announcement for an older child. Page 2.

Adding Different Elements to the Adoption Announcement
Creating an adoption announcement for an older child adoption. Page 3.

Printing the Text for an Older Child Adoption
Adding text to the adoption announcement. Page 4.

Finishing the Adoption Announcement
Finishing the last step to the adoption announcement for the older child. Page 5.

Final Adoption Announcement
The final creation. Adoption / Foster Care. Page 6.

Adoption Announcement - Adoption Announcement that Would Work Great for an Older Child Adoption
Adoption announcements for older child adoptions are very difficult to find. Here are the instructions on how to make an adoption announcement that would work great for an older child adoption.

Foster Care Printable Worksheets - Keep Track of Foster Care Records with Printable Worksheets
A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets. Page 3.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
A listing of foster care and adoption themed books that are geared toward the young adult audience. Great for summer reading.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Many children who have survived or are currently living in a foster care or adoption situation may enjoy reading about other youth who are dealing with the same issues. Page 2.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Foster care or adoption themed books may be the answer to summer reading. Page 3.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Excellent books about adoption and foster care experiences. Page 4.

Foster and Adoption Themed Books for Young Adults - Summer Reading with Foster Care and Adoption Themed Books
Listing of different books with an adoption or foster care theme. Summer reading ideas for young adults. Page 5.

General Requirements for Haiti Adoptions
The basic requirements as stated by Haitian law when considering Haiti adoptions.

Select an Adoption Service Provider to Help Adopt a Child from Haiti
Be sure to choose your adoption service provider carefully as they are the ones that will be helping you adopt a child from Haiti. Page 2.

Apply to Be Found Eligible to Adopt from Haiti
Prospective adoptive parents must be found eligible in order to adopt from Haiti. Page 3.

Be Matched with a Haitian Child
A Haitian child must meet certain requirements before that child can be matched for an adoptive placements. Page 4.

Complete the Adoption Process in Haiti
Learn the steps needed to complete the adoption process in Haiti. Page 5.

Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption from Haiti
In order to complete the adoption from Haiti, the child must meet requirements as an orphan by U.S. immigration law. Page 6.

Bringing Your Child Home After a Haiti Adoption
There seems to be a number of steps needing to be completed with a Haiti adoption. Learn the steps necessary to bring your child home. Page 7.

Starting Your Family After Completing a Haiti Adoption
Starting your family after completing a Haiti adoption. Congratulations on your new family. Page 8.

Adoption Travel for a Russian Adoption
What you need to know about adoption travel when adopting a child from Russia. Page 7.

What Are the Chinese Adoption Requirements
A quick walk through about the Chinese adoption requirements, which are laid out as well as information on the needed adoption paperwork.

Select an Accredited Adoption Service Provider to Adopt from China
China is a party of the Hague Convention, so an Accredited Adoption Service Provider is necessary to adopt from China. Page 2.

Complete Form I-800A to Determine if Eligible for Adopting from China
One of the first steps towards adopting from China is completing Form I-800A. Page 3.

Adoption Referral and Filing Form I-800 for the Chinese Child to Be Found Eligible for Adoption
Match with a Chinese child that is waiting for adoption and continue with the adoption paperwork. Page 4.

Chinese Children that Are Waiting for Adoptive Homes
Who are the waiting children of China? There are thousands of Chinese children waiting for adoptive homes and families and many have special needs. Page 5.

Finalizing the Adoption in China
Learn some of the steps that will be required along the way before completing the adoption in China. Page 6.

Bringing Your Newly Adopted Child Home After Completing a Chinese Adoption
Learn some of the final steps of the adoption process including applying for a new birth certificate while in China. It's also important to understand the visa process. Page 7.

A New Family After Adopting a Child from China
The final step in adopting a child from China is the celebrating that you're a new family! Page 8.

How to Have a Successful Russian Adoption
A quick walk through on adopting from Russia. Russian adoption requirements are laid out as well as information on needed paperwork.

Home Study Process for International Russian Adoptions
A big step in the Russian international adoption journey is the completion of the home study. Page 2.

International Adoption Form I-600A Is Needed for a Russian Adoption
The I-600A form - the first form to be completed for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service is needed for a Russian international adoption. Page 3.

Putting Together an Adoption Dossier for a Russian Adoption
An adoption dossier is an essential step in an international adoption process - every adoption requires a dossier. Page 4.

Waiting to Adopt a Child from Russia
Who are the waiting children of Russia? What ages of children are in orphanages awaiting new adoptive families? What you need to know when thinking about adopting a child from Russia. Page 5.

Waiting for a Referral When Planning a Russian Adoption
How long will you be waiting for referral when you are trying to adopt a child from Russia? Page 6.

A New Family Through Adoption
The final step in any adoption is the fact that you are now a new family! Page 8.

A New Family Through Adoption - International Adoption - Guatemala Adoption
The final step in any adoption is the fact that you are now a new family! Page 8.

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

2005 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2005 Year in Review
2005 was a very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Twelve Minutes of Rest
If you've made it this far in your Christmas preparations, then you deserve a moment, in fact, take twelve of them. Page 12.

Adopting Older Children - Establishing Yourself as an Adoptive Parent with Older Child Adoption
When adopting an older child, establishing yourself as a parent can be a daunting task, especially if you are a first time parent or a younger person. Here are some tips to help. Page 3.

Year in Review - Looking Back on 2009 a Year in Review
It's fun to look back on the year in review, because it was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events. Lets take a moment to look back on 2009, a year in review. Page 9.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Four Fighting Kids
My version of

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Three Snow Days
Christmas preparations as foster and adoptive parents also means always being prepared for snow days. Page 3.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - A Well Planned Respite Weekend
A parody of

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Two Calling Workers
Day 2 of the Christmas preparations parody of the

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Eight Holiday Parties
There are usually several holiday parties during the months of November and December, be ready for these events with early Christmas preparations. Page 8.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Six Memories A-haunting
Often foster and adopted children suffer from grief and loss issues, especially around the holidays. Make sure your Christmas preparations include ways on how to handle these emotions. Page 6.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Seven Teaching Moments
During the holiday break from school, you will be spending lost of time together, take this extra time and enjoy these teaching moments with your foster or adopted children. Page 7.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Nine Santa Avoiders
Not every child loves the big guy in red, make sure part of your Christmas preparations includes a talk about Santa. Page 9.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Five Golden Rules
Make part of your Christmas preparations this year include teaching your foster or adopted children manners. Page 5.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations with Last Minute Gifts - Ten Last Minute Gifts
You never know when a new foster child will be placed in your home and you will need last minute gifts. Be ready for Christmas with these 10 last minute gifts. Page 10.

12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster and Adoptive Parents - Eleven Holiday Traditions
Try to mix some of your child's holiday traditions in with your family's traditions. Short on ideas? Try this list and add these to your Christmas preparations this year. Page 11.

How to Begin an Adoption Search
Learn the basics of adoption search. There are several options available to those seeking to find lost loved ones.

How to Find Family Through Various Web Searches
The Internet offers a variety of tools that are helpful in adoption searches. Page 2.

Why Use Adoption Registries in Your Adoption Search?
Learn how to utilize adoption registries to find lost family members. Page 3.

Starting an Adoption Search with an Adoption Search Angel
Volunteers are also helpful when seeking to complete a difficult adoption search. Page 4.

What Does the Word Foster Mean?
Understanding the definition of foster in relation to the care we give to children.

Foster Parenting Advice for the First Day of School
My foster parenting advice on how I choose to handle the first day of school for new foster children. How do you handle the transition into a new school?

When Birth Family Can't Make it to a Parent Teacher Meeting
Find ideas for foster families and how they can still keep birth family connected, even when birth famiy can't make it to a parent teacher meeting.

School Tips on How to Handle Visitation During a School Day
Learn more about the challenges of working with birth parents and teachers when foster children have visits during the school day.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 10.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 7.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 8.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 9.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 2.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 3.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 4.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 5.

2006 in Review - Adoption News - Foster Care News - 2006 Year in Review and lots of Celebrity Adoption News
2006 was another very busy year for adoption and foster care news and events, from Brad Pitt becoming an instant daddy of 3 to Madonna's celebrity adoption controversy there was a lot happening and lots to debate. Page 6.

Fun With Children's Books - Adoption Books - Foster Care Books - Fun With Adoption Books
Reading adoption books can become more fun with activities and recipes that go along with the story. Add more fun to your reading time with these crafts and recipes. Adoption books, crafts, and food can help a child learn about his/her culture. Page 4.

Connection - How to Create a Connection with Your Foster or Adopted Child
Building a connection with your child can take a lifetime, but it's worth the effort. We know as foster or adoptive parents that if a child can connect to one person, than that child can grow and have a connection with other important people in his or her life.

Grief - All About Children and Grief and Grieving
All about grief and grieving with foster and adopted children. How does grief effect a child? What are some ideas to help a child with grieving? What may impact a foster child's grief?

Adoption Search Locations Covered by Our Free Adoption Search Angels
Find an Adoption Search Angel in your geographical search area. Then email the free Adoption Search Angel all the information you have found on your birth family to begin your adoption search.

Find a Last Minute Halloween Costume for Late October Foster Care Placements
Experienced foster parents usually have a bunch of extra essentials around the house, but how many foster parents have extra Halloween costumes? Here are a few last minute Halloween costume ideas and tips for the late October foster care placements.

What Does it Mean to Foster a Child?
Fostering a child brings about heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the foster home.

Foster Parent Training - What Is PS MAPP Foster Parent Training Classes
PS-MAPP is just one foster parent training curriculum utilized by foster agencies to help prepare families for working with foster children and birth families.

Is Foster Care for You and Your Family? - Foster Parenting and You - Foster Care Children Need Devoted Foster Parents
Before jumping into foster care, most foster parents spend two or three years just thinking about it. Here are a few points to consider before making the final decision on whether or not to become foster parents.

Send Foster or Adopted Children Back to School with Less Stress this Year - A Back to School Check List
Send the kids back to school with less stress this year. A bit of this and that from a variety of About.com Guides to help going back to school or switching schools mid-year a success.