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Knotty Ladies Create Blankets for Foster Care Children
foster careIn January, a group of women living at a care center started meeting to create blankets for children living in foster care. Known as the “Knotty Ladies,” the group consists of Rose Ritter, Linda McKinley, Norma Perrine and Rose Carter; all of whom want to help young people in need of support.

"A nurse who works here has a friend who works in the court system placing children in foster care," said Pam Schultz, the care center's activity director. "Sometimes the children are taken from their homes with nothing. It's so scary for them."

Foster care and adoption is extremely rewarding, if you are interested, please contact Triad Family Services.

"Knotty by nature: Ladies' blankets created for children in foster care"


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Students in Foster Care Create Music With Pearl Jam Member
foster careFive foster youths had the chance of a lifetime when they were invited to write a song with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. The teenagers recently graduated from high school with the help of Treehouse, a Seattle-based organization that provides academic and other essential supports to teens in foster care. You can watch a video of the recording session online and the song, “Try So Hard,” is scheduled for release later this year.

“I think it’s important for the kids to believe in their dreams because they’re the ones who have to. They need to have the confidence in themselves to be able to say, ’I want this dream, this is how I’m going to get it, and these are the steps I need to take,' then hopefully, they surround themselves with good organizations like Treehouse, and good people that can help them on their way," Mike said about the experience.

We can help anyone who would like to give the gift of a home to a child through foster care or adoption.

"Treehouse Foster Care Students Job Shadow With Mike McCready at PJ Headquarters"


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Compensation for Relatives Who Provide Foster Care
foster careRelatives providing foster care to children can expect compensation soon, after a federal court ruling some months ago. In Kentucky, relatives and close family friends raising children removed from abusive and neglectful homes will receive around $750 month; the stipend is commensurate with the amount awarded to licensed foster families. 

"This is fantastic news," said Lexington lawyer Richard Dawahare, who won the court case requiring such payments on behalf of a great aunt who took in two young boys. "We are so appreciative that the state is finally starting to make this happen."

If you are interested in foster care or adoption, please contact Triad Family Services.

Kentucky will finally make foster care payments owed to relatives raising children


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A Story About Adoption to Inspire Others
One couple shares their story of giving the gift of adoption to multiple siblings. They are hopeful that their experience, as well as television shows about fostering and adoption like "This Is Us," will inspire more people to open up their homes to children in need of support. 

"We sat our kids down and said you know we have the opportunity to help other people," Stephanie Allen said. "And we decided as a family it was the right thing to do. We've been through the ringer trying to heal the children we brought into our home, and I think they're on a good path. We're not rich. We can't give money. But we can give our space and our time and our love, so it was a no-brainer. I get so much joy in being a mom."

Have you watched “This Is Us,” do you feel as though they accurately portray foster care and adoption?

Local family shows beauty of adoption, relates to NBC's ‘This Is Us’”


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Adoption is Difficult Sometimes
Not every couple is capable of having children, so they turn to foster care and adoption agencies to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. There are instances when the process doesn’t go smoothly, and lawyers are required. The cost of finalizing international adoptions averaged $42,000, and domestic newborn adoption averaged $37,000 in 2015-16.

One option that could help couples is to draft a new type of loan — an adoption line of credit.

Triad Family Services can help you navigate the process of adoption in California.

Brooklyn Park dad dreams up line of credit to help families adopt


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Adoptees Ask Questions About Identity
All of us ask existential questions throughout our life. While your average person knows where they come from, adoptees are not always so fortunate. Those who grow up in adopted families may never learn some of the reasons that could explain why they are the way “they are.” Many adoptees go searching for their blood relatives as they get older with the help of genealogy websites. The task is still tricky, one of the reasons being that states like New York keep birth certificates of adopted children sealed.

If you are interested in adoption, Triad Family Services can help.

Adoption Dilemma, Part 1: Struggling To Find Our Identities


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Giving Laptops to Over a Thousand Kids in Foster Care
foster careIn the 21st Century, it’s hard to get by without a laptop in school; many high schools provide students with portable computers to take home for the remainder of the year. Naturally, rural parts of California don’t have the resources to afford such luxuries. iFoster, a Truckee, Calif.-based nonprofit, is helping kids in foster care closing glaring digital gaps in rural counties. Thanks to a $400,000 donation from the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) and the National Homebuyers Fund (NHF), iFoster can provide laptops to 1,100 foster youth, ages 16 to 21.

“I think what they hope to see is just a boost in these kids’ next steps, whether that be higher education, vocational education or job placement, and then the downstream economic benefit that it will bring to their communities,” said Justin Caporusso, vice president of external affairs for RCRC.

Are you considering foster care or adoption? If so, please contact Triad Family Services.

Donation Will Give Laptops to 1,100 Foster Youth in California’s Rural Counties


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Extending Cal Grant Access to Eligible Foster Youth
foster youthThe California Senate has introduced a new piece of legislation that would extend Cal Grant access to qualifying foster kids. The aim of Senate Bill 940 is to give educational opportunities to foster youth who age out. Studies show that the number of foster children who attend college is extremely low, fewer than 3 percent.

“We all know the important role financial aid plays in the ability for students to earn a college degree. SB 940 is a common-sense bill that expands Cal Grant eligibility for more foster youth,” bill author Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, said in a statement.

If you are a former foster child, please share your experience accessing or trying to go to college.

Bill would give foster youth greater access to Cal Grant financing
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Foster Parent Shares the Challenges and Rewards
foster parentTaking steps to become a foster parent (resource parent) is a remarkable journey. It’s not always easy and, at times, the process is frustrating. However, opening up your home to a child in need is a beautiful experience, one that anyone can cherish. We invite you to read a personal essay about a couple becoming foster parents and inviting five children into their home. 

“Being a foster parent has now provided both the best and worst days of my life. It's been the hardest challenge and the biggest reward.” —Cameron Knight

We would love to hear your experience being a foster or resource parent.

"After 5 kids, my wife and I became parents. Here's our story."



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Big Changes At Walmart Helps Associates With Adoption Expenses
adoptionWalmart is making a new benefit to help employees with adoption expenses and has plans underway for expanding maternity and parental leave benefits for employees. The megastore will also give a one-time cash bonus (up to $1,000) for associates who qualify. Altogether, over one million hourly associates in the U.S. stand to benefit from the changes in the works. There are 87,100 such Walmart associates in California.

"We are building on investments we've been making in associates, in their wages and skills development," said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. "It's our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families."

Triad Family Services can assist you in giving the precious gift of adoption to a child in need of a loving home.

California Walmart Stores to Provide One-Time Bonus and Expand Hourly Maternity and Parental Leave for Associates


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Fixing a Broken Foster Care System in Texas
foster careAlmost a decade has gone by since a group of foster children filed a class-action lawsuit. In 2015, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ruled that the foster care system was unconstitutional, having determined that that foster kids in Texas "almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than when they entered." The state has shown resistance to a 116-page order mandating the implementation of better child welfare policies, forcing Jack to issue a final order calling on the state to expand its foster home options. The goal is to make it easier for children to report abuse and ensure caseworkers make monthly visits to check on each child.

"Over two years later, the system remains broken and (the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services) has demonstrated an unwillingness to take tangible steps to fix the broken system," Jack wrote in the order.

If you have a desire to help children in need of a home, Triad can guide you through the process of foster care and adoption.

Judge orders immediate changes to 'broken' Texas foster care system


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Breaking Promises of Adoption to Satisfy Child Curiosity
adoptionNot every mother who gives a child up for adoption wants future transparency. As children grow up, a desire to learn about one’s birth parents is only natural; of course, the ability to learn about a person’s origin depends on whether the adoption was open or closed. However, in some instances, adoptive parents will break sealed adoption agreements and reveal the name of child’s birth mother.

“Several months ago, out of the blue, the child I gave up contacted me. She says that she has been searching for me since she was an adolescent (when her mother, contrary to our original agreement, gave her my name).” 

Do adoptive parents have the right to reveal a child’s biological parents’ names?

What if I Don’t Want to See the Child I Gave Up for Adoption?
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Talking With An Adopted Child About Birth Parents
adoptionPeople who adopt a child know that one day they will need to have a conversation with their boy or girl about birth parents. Children are naturally curious and will ask about their birth story; the American Academy of Pediatrics has some insight to offer adoptive parents. The AAP suggests you give honest, simple, and direct explanations, explain why you chose to adopt him or her, and share just how much you desired to raise a child.

Adoption and resource parenting is a wonderful experience, Triad can help you navigate the process.

"Health Tip: Talk to Your Youngster About Adoption"


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Making Open Adoption Work
adoptionIn March 2016, Hannah Mongie decided to give her newborn boy up for adoption. However, she wanted her son to one day understand why she made the decision, so she made an emotional video for the boy (now almost 2). The couple who adopted Mongie’s baby has made her a part of the extended family, making open adoption work for everyone.

“I made this video, so you know how much I love you. I wanted to tell you why I made the decision to place you with your family,” Mongie said in the tearful video.

Please share with Triad FS your experience with open adoption.

This family makes open adoption a joy: 'Everyone feels safe and protected'


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New Adoption Medicine Program
adoptionEach year, around 120,000 children are adopted in the United States. Parents of adopted children now have access to a nationally recognized expert in adoption medicine at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). Headed up by Elaine Schulte, M.D., M.P.H., those who take advantage of the program can get pre-adoption consultation services to families, post-adoption evaluation, and ongoing medical care to adopted children.

"Having been in this field for decades and provided care for thousands of adopted children, I know how to prepare parents for the challenges their child may experience and advise on the best treatment plan for each individual child," said Dr. Schulte, who is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care. "It requires a special set of skills and understanding, because we know that being adopted is an integral part of who a person is, not just part of their history."

If you are considering giving the gift of adoption to a child or teenager, please contact Triad Family Services.

Montefiore provides specialized medical care to parents of adopted children


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The First Single Man in California to Adopt a Child
AdoptOn Feb. 13, 1969, Bill Jones, a gay man living in San Francisco, became the first single man in California to adopt a child by himself. It’s also quite likely that Jones was the first in the country to adopt a child under such circumstances. When he was navigating through the process, the social worker who assisted Jones told him never to mention the fact of his homosexuality. Jones is currently working on completing his memoir of those events.
 
“In the middle of the interview, she just looked up at the ceiling,” said Jones, 89, of San Rafael. “She said, ‘You know, I personally think homosexuals would make very good parents.’”

If you are a single man who is thinking about adoption, please contact Triad Family Services.

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Marin pioneer in gay adoption writes memoir"
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Adoption and Foster Care Parents Get Paid Time Off to Bond With New Children
AdoptionThose who give the gift of adoption or become resource parents are eligible for up to six weeks of paid time off in a 12-month period. The time off for family bonding is thanks to two changes to the state’s family leave laws that went into effect January 1, 2018. New parents don’t have to use all their time off at once; they can spread it out over time.
 
You can use the California Employment Development Department benefits calculator to determine how much you can expect, providing you meet the requirement of childbirth, adoption or foster care.

Triad Family Services can assist you and your partner in the process of adoption.

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Got a new baby or a sick relative? You’ll now get paid more to take time off"
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Children With Autism Regularly End Up In Foster Care
Foster CareAbout half a million children in the United States are in foster homes, nearly half of children in foster homes are living with a chronic disability, such as autism. Some families, those who lack the financial resources to care for the complex needs of a child, decide they cannot manage. This trend has led the foster care system to become a vital instrument for the care of children with disabilities, especially for kids with autism.

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent? Please contact Triad Family Services; we can guide you through the process.

"Why too many children with autism end up in foster care"
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Accurate Portrayals of Adoption on TV
AdoptionAnyone involved in adoption or foster care in need of a new television show may want to look into NBC’s ‘This Is Us.’ Most people in the field tend to agree that the program provides viewers with an accurate portrayal of what foster and adoptive families go through in life. ‘This Is Us’ follows three storylines: a couple loses a child and adopts an abandoned baby [Randall], he grows up and connects with his biological father, and in the third, Randall and his wife become foster parents.

Can you share with us some movies or TV shows that accurately portray adoption and fostering?

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‘This Is Us’ gets adoption and foster care right"
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Are Resource Parents Eligible for the Child Tax Credit
Resource ParentWith tax season on the horizon, it’s time to start getting your ducks in a row. If you are an adoptive or resource parent, you should find out if you qualify to claim the Child Tax Credit. The credit can reduce your tax bill by as much as $1,000 per child, but first, you must meet seven qualifying tests. All seven requirements must be met to qualify; the child's age, relationship, support, dependent status, citizenship, length of residency, and family income. 

Interested in becoming a resource parent? If so, Triad Family Services can help.

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7 requirements for the child tax credit"
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A Family Forest of Foster Children
Foster ChildrenOver the course of more than 20 years, one couple invited 17 foster children into their home. What’s more, Kelly Schultz and her husband adopted three daughters along the way; 12-year-old Brianna, 10-year-old Mylisa and 8-year-old Cheyenne. Kelly Schultz, 40, decided to foster and adopt children when she was still in high school.
 
“Once a child enters your life, they stay there forever,” Kelly Schultz said.

Are you considering giving the gift of adoption to a child or teenager? Triad Family Services can assist you in the process.

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Columbia couple shares experiences raising, adopting foster children"
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The Foster Child and The Labradoodle
Foster ChildSandi Swiridoff’s daughter and son-in-law have been caring for a foster child since 2015. This Christmas, she celebrated officially becoming a grandmother after the young couple adopted the boy, who Swiridoff affectionately calls “Little Buddy.” The child formed a bond with an Australian Labradoodle named Reagan (also adopted). Swiridoff’s photos of Little Buddy and Reagan are priceless, and will be featured in a series of books to be published next year; she has also raised about $20,000 for local groups that support foster care.

If you’d like to become a resource parent, please contact Triad Family Services.

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Foster boy and Labradoodle fall in love and are adopted by the same family"
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Doctor Denied The Right to Adopt His Child
AdoptIn Singapore, in-vitro fertilization is legal for married couples only, surrogacy services do not exist, and LGBTs aren’t able to adopt. A gay Singaporean doctor attempted to skirt the laws by turning to the United States, paying $200,000 for a woman to carry his child through in-vitro fertilization. The doctor then tried to adopt the child, but a Singapore court ruled against his bid.
 
“The primary reason that motivates him is that like any father he wants the best for his son, he wants his son to be legitimate in the eyes of the law and to ensure that he has all the necessary benefits to set him on the right path,” said one of his lawyers, Ivan Cheong.

If you would like to learn more about adoption in California, Triad Family Services can help.

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Court Rejects Gay Singapore Man’s Bid To Adopt Biological Son"
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Adoption Happened When You Would Least Expect
AdoptionMakayla Deyling (18) usually gets her stepfather, Stephen Dabney, socks or funny T-shirts for Christmas; this year she gave him the greatest gift of all, adoption papers.  Dabney has been a part of Makayla’s life since she was 5; now that she is of legal age to decide on adoption on her on, she decided to show how much he has meant to her over the years by giving him the gift of a lifetime.
 
“I’ve been calling him Dad for 10 or 11 years now,” Deyling said. “I needed to get him something that was huge and meaningful. It was very long overdue and I’m glad I got it done this year.”

If you are interested in adoption or becoming a resource parent, please contact Triad Family Services.

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Daughter gives stepdad gift of a lifetime — adoption papers"
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Child Adoption and Foster Care in the Movies
child adoptionHollywood loves an underdog story; when people get ahead in life seemingly against all the odds. One could draw a parallel to adoption with ease, after all, many forces need to come together for a young person to be gifted a forever family. Many young people think that they will remain in foster care until they “age-out;” so, when they’re finally adopted it appears to be nothing less than a miracle.
 
The holiday season provides people with some downtime, and for some people lounging in front of the television is a welcome relief. Maybe you’d like to watch some movies that highlight adoption and direct people’s attention to adoption. Here are some films on the subject for the whole family.

What’s your favorite movie about foster kids and adoption?

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The Top 15 Family Films About Adoption"
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Refusing to Hear Same-Sex Adoption Cases is Against the Law
AdoptionLGBT Americans are entitled to the same rights as everyone else; unfortunately, not everyone shares that sentiment. Remember when Kim Davis was held in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples? Well, there is another civil servant who has garnered the public’s ire; Kentucky family court Judge W. Mitchell Nance said there would be ‘no circumstance’ in which ‘the best interest of the child’ would be ‘promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.’ The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission disagreed, voting unanimously that Judge Nance was guilty of judicial misconduct for refusing to hear same-sex adoption cases.
 
“The Kentucky code of Judicial Conduct requires Judges to fairly and impartially decide cases according to the law,” the Judicial Conduct Commission wrote in their reprimand, made public earlier this week. “Judge Nance’s refusal to hear and decide adoption cases involving homosexuals is violative of said Canons.”

If you are a same-sex couple considering adoption, please contact Triad Family Services.

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Farewell to the Kentucky Judge Who Wouldn’t Hear LGBT Adoption Cases"
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The Gift of Adoption This Christmas
foster careA charity founded in 1869, helps 27,000 children and families every year. This year they helped foster mom, Mayra Rivera, formally adopt four siblings at the same time, last month. This Christmas, after six years of foster care uncertainty, Shawn; William, Rose, and Na Maya will receive the gift of growing up together. Hopefully, Rivera’s beautiful example of compassion will inspire more Americans to consider providing forever homes to young people. Over 400,000 children in the United States are in foster care, a fourth of which are waiting to be adopted. The average wait is more than three years.

If you are interested in adopting a child in California, Triad Family Services can help.

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How adoption has forever changed one family's holidays for the better"
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Childrens Bureau Recognizes Those Who Contribute to Foster Care
foster careThe Children’s Bureau honors “states, tribes, agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in making contributions to providing permanency for children in foster care.” The Adoption Excellence Awards takes place annually; Triad Family Services would like to congratulate this year's recipients: Elizabeth Richmond, Janet Benoit Connor, Gary P. Mallon, John Johnson, Jill Waterman, John Levesque, and Raenell Crenshaw.

Triad Family Services can assist you in bringing joy into young people’s lives through adoption.

"Adoption Excellence Awards for the Year 2017"
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The Amazing Story of the Titanic Orphans
Foster ParentSome 105 years ago, the most remarkable ship ever constructed steamed toward the United States. The “unsinkable” Titanic never arrived, nor did many of its passengers; 1,503 people in total died on that fateful 15th day of April, 1912. Among the 706 passengers and crew who would survive, were two little boys from France. The children’s father placed the two of them on the last lifeboat to launch, before going down with the ship. A wealthy passenger acted as a foster parent until the children reunited with their mother in France.

Caring for a child even temporarily is a rewarding experience for both child and parent, alike. If you would like to become a resource parent, we can guide you through the process.

"“Titanic Orphans”- Two brothers put on the last lifeboat by their father. Sadly, he went down with the ship"
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Unpaid Leave for Adoption and Resource Family Parents
AdoptionCalifornia Senate Bill 63 (SB 63) requires businesses with 20 or more employees to allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave for new parents.  The allowance gives parents the opportunity to bond with children within the first year following birth, adoption, or foster care placement. SB 63 does not affect people working for companies with more than 50 employees, workplaces that currently adhere to similar California Family Rights Act mandates.

If you are interested in adoption or becoming a resource family parent (foster parent), please contact Triad Family Services.

"New California Laws – 2018"
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Kinship Care is On The Rise
Kinship CareThe Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 resulted in states having greater access to financial support to pay kinship caregivers. Kinship care is when relatives or close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin) take the responsibility of a child, who would have otherwise gone into foster care. The practice is becoming more common in the wake of the above legislation, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) reports that the number of children placed with relatives increased from 113,275 in 2008 to 127,821 in 2015.

If you are interested in becoming a resource family parent (FKA foster parent), we can provide you with important information about the process.

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Relative Growth: Three States Increasingly Rely on Kin for Kids in Foster Care"
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Witness the Power of Life and Adoption in a New Documentary
adoptionThe Docuslate Film Festival in Los Angeles presented I Lived on Parker Avenue. The filmmakers hope that more festivals will pick up their fantastic and touching film to reach more people regarding the important topic of adoption. The film is scheduled for public release in March. “With infant adoption decreasing in America over the last 25 years, our hope is that I Lived on Parker Avenue can inspire our nation with the beauty of the adoption option,” said director Philip Braun III. I Lived on Parker Avenue Official Trailer

If you have seen this film, we would love to read your thoughts in the comment section

"Inspiring New Film “I Lived on Parker Avenue” Powerfully Promotes Adoption"
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Growing Number of Single Men Give the Gift of Adoption
AdoptionAdoption usually involves loving couples deciding to bring joy and security into the lives of young people. You are probably aware there are hundreds of thousands of children in the United States who need a good home. We are happy to report that among the many demographics that adopt children, the number of single-men making such a choice is on the rise. Steven Arauz (30), an elementary school teacher, is one of those men having adopted his son, Quinton. 

If you are a single male interested in adopting a child in California, we are equipped to guide you through the process.

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Adoption and the Single Guy"
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Foster Care Reimbursement Based On the Needs of the Child
Foster CareCalifornia is in the process of making several changes to the foster care system, with the expressed goal of moving more children out of group homes and into the homes of foster parents and relative caregivers. One of the changes, under the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), could affect parents taking in older foster youths regarding financial reimbursement. The new rate system for caregiver payments would now be based on the needs of the child (level of care), rather than the child’s age.
 
“There’s not a lot of logic to using an age-based system,” said Angie Schwartz, policy director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. “Some infants are going to have greater needs than 15-year-olds, and some 15-year-olds are going to have greater needs than an 8-year-old.”

We can help guide you through the process of becoming a Resource Parent.

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Snag Could Cost California Foster Parents"
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The Beauty of Adoption
AdoptionGoing through the process of adoption can be long and arduous, but ends always outweigh the means. Even though National Adoption Awareness Month has concluded, it doesn’t mean we stop sharing the beauty of creating a family. Last month, young people all across the country finally received the gift of a forever home. Here is a collection of touching photos showing the joy of adoption. Hopefully, the pictures help to raise awareness for the children still waiting for the everlasting miracle of adoption.

If you are considering giving the gift of adoption to a child this Christmas, please contact us.

"35 Beautiful Photos Of Adoptive Families Coming Together"
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Adoption Tax Credit Survives Overhaul
Adoption tax CreditThe adoption tax credit is offered to adoptive parents to encourage adoption. Almost 74,000 people used the adoption tax credit in 2014, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Congress flirted with the idea of changing the tax code to remove the tax credit until parents of adopted children came together with advocates to stymie the proposal.
 
"We expected adoptive families to rally in support, but when groups like Focus on the Family, National Right to Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, prominent clergy such as Russell Moore, and even the LGBT community joined, the media took an interest," said Charles "Chuck" Johnson, head of the National Council for Adoption.

Please share with us how you helped protect the tax credit for adoptive parents.

"How parents foiled a US Republican tax proposal to kill the adoption tax credit"
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Adoption Shows Kids What It Is To Be Loved
Adoption“My understanding of foster care from the start was one where I knew foster families do not do what they do for recognition; they do it because they truly care for others, no questions asked, no terms or conditions,” said Rebecca Weibert. She spent the first weeks of her life in foster care and was later adopted. What to do when you learn that your biological family isn’t as excited about making contact with you, as you are with them? The best response to confusion and anger is to love those who choose to be a part of one’s life.

Please share your stories of overcoming feelings of rejection with us; doing so could provide strength to others walking in similar shoes. 

"Overcoming Feelings of Rejection: Tip for Adoptees, Fosters, and Caregivers"
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Proceeds from Book Sales Support Foster Children
Foster Care“My goal [...] is to give hope to children in foster care by letting them know that they are not alone and that the feelings they are experiencing are not unique,” explains Bakersfield, CA, author Sylvia Santos. She wrote the Foster Heroes Series, which includes the books Mom’s Gone…, Mama se ha ido… Dad’s Sad…  and the Foster Heroes Series Journal and Coloring Book. A dollar from the proceeds of each book will be donated to help foster children.

Have you read the Foster Heroes Series? If so, we’d love to hear people’s thoughts on the collection. 

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The Foster Heroes Series of Books Benefits NFPA"
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Impoverished Parents Charged With Neglect Which Leads to Foster Care
Foster CareDaniel Hatcher, the author of “The Poverty industry: The exploitation of America’s most Vulnerable Citizens,” says that poverty is often mistaken for neglect. Through “Title IV-E,” Congress provides funding to states to provide to foster care agencies. However, the author points out that the Federal government doesn’t provide nearly as much money to prevent the need for foster care. “We need to provide social services that are aimed at helping, not punishing, families in need,” said Chris Gottlieb, co-director of New York University’s Family Defense Clinic.

Triad Family Services is dedicated to providing outstanding care for kids, and we’re committed to finding innovative ways to serve our foster children better. We invite you to learn more about our unique approach.

"‘Poor’ Parenting— When poverty is confused with neglect"
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Spotting the Signs of Cyberbullying
CyberbullyingHowever, in today’s day and age, it is much harder to spot signs of bullying because much of it happens on the Internet. Cyberbullying, online humiliation, and spreading rumors on social media often occur under parents’ noses; left unchecked, victims are at high risk of emotional and physical injury. Parents need to be on the lookout for signs of digital abuse.

Every parent can play a role in ending cyberbullying. Sharing your experience can help other parents determine if their child is a victim.

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Resources for parents and educators on safe Internet use for children"
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Parenting Concerns in the 21st Century
ParentingIt's fair to say that parents have far more to contend with than those who raised their children in previous decades. Between social media and Smartphones, what’s known as “screen time” is a real concern. In the 1980s, children were seen, not heard; one mother points out. Today, it's a time of child-centric parenting, raising children is centered around play dates, activities, and excursions for children.

What are some of the parenting differences you've noticed today from when you were growing up?

"7 Things Mom Have To Deal With Today That '80s Moms Just Didn't Have To Worry About"
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Parents Readopt Adult Child After 39 Years
Readoption"I knew you’d find me," Jessica Roth told her biological parents. "I never gave up. I knew you’d find me." There are several reasons why two people would give their child up for adoption, but only one reason for readoption—Love. Thirty-nine years after Marcie Keithley and Roger Roth relinquished custody of their daughter, Jessica, they signed the papers to reverse the action and officially become parents of their child, again. "It's never too late," said Marcie.

Rare, but not impossible. Please share your stories of reconnecting with your biological parents.

"They surrendered their daughter. Now, 39 years later, they are adopting her back."
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Spirituality Helps Foster Teens Cope With Trauma
Foster CareTransitioning into foster care can be a trying experience for many children, but research shows that spirituality could help. Wanda Davidson, Ph.D., a former assistant professor of social work at Tennessee State University, says that social workers and caregivers should focus their attention on the impact spirituality has on foster children. It’s important to know the difference between spirituality and religion, which are no longer considered to be the same thing.

Please share with us how you or your foster child benefited from having a spiritual connection.

"Foster Care Professionals Need to Value, Be Sensitive to Youth’s Spirituality"
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Weighing the Costs of Adoption
AdoptionNovember is National Adoption Awareness Month. Did you know that as many as one in three families contemplate adoption? Naturally, there are thousands of children in the U.S. in need of love and a good home, yet many parents hesitate to adopt because of the costs. A social work professional says that financial burden is one the top three reasons people don’t adopt. Fortunately, the Federal Adoption Tax Credit assists families by reimbursing for qualifying adoption expenses, however, there is a proposal that would pull such tax incentives which could discourage families from adopting.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.

"Adoption tax credits are an investment in future families"
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Child Therapy Experts Weigh In On Parenting Advice
Successful-Parenting-Means-Monitoring-Teens-Friends-ParentsTo praise your child or not, that is the question. Parents are expected to be their children’s greatest advocate; however, many parents eschew positive praise. A number of child therapy experts share examples of bad parenting advice and the importance of positive reinforcement. Child therapist Natasha Daniels, LCSW says, “Praise is such a crucial component to a child’s self-image, self-efficacy, and self-worth.”

You’ve probably heard lousy parenting tips before, care to share some of them with us?

"The Worst Parenting Advice"
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Actress Viola Davis is Writing a Childrens Book
Viola Davis is writing a sequel to children's book, Corduroy Actress, Viola Davis, known for Hollywood roles in blockbusters such as The Help and Fences is teaming up with Viking Children’s Books to write a sequel to the book Corduroy. Corduroy is a teddy bear who gets to go to a home after being displayed on a department store shelf his whole life. In Viola's sequel, Corduroy, goes to the theater. Learn why Viola Davis thinks children's literature is so important,

What books are your children reading? Let us know in the Comments section. 

"Viola Davis Is Writing A Sequel To Classic Picture Book "Corduroy"
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Actor Jordan Fisher Shares His Adoption Story for the First Time
Jordan Fisher shares his adoption storyJordan Fisher has been acting for 14 years and recently appeared in the Broadway hit Hamilton. The actor is currently competing in this season's Dancing With The Stars which airs on ABC. He is using the show and his voice as a platform to talk about how adoption impacted his life. Jordan treasures his family and hopes to start one of his own someday. Read about Jordan Fisher's adoption story.

Triad has a collaborative approach to foster care and adoption. Learn more about Triad’s unique approach.

DWTS' Jordan Fisher Reveals His Adoption Story: 'My Life Could Have Been Very Different’
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Norfolk State University Theater Director Shares His Foster Care Journey
Anthony Stockard's journey from foster care to Theater DirectorAnthony Stockard's young life was full of drama that many would view as tragedy. At 12 years old, the rock of his family, his dad and provider died from a stroke leaving him and his siblings fatherless. The death of his father was more than his mother could bear and sent her on a downward spiral. After being abandoned, Anthony was separated from his brother and sister and placed in foster care. Learn about Anthony's journey which led him to success as a Theater Director.

Triad has a collaborative approach to foster care and adoption. Learn more about Triad’s unique approach.

"From foster care to visionary theater director, NSU's Anthony Stockard is giving the program new shape"
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Reading is Fundamental
Parent reading with childExperts agree that there are many advantages to getting children interested in reading. After all, just about anything that is to be learned can be found in a book. Plus, reading helps develop language, improves memory and helps apply logic. Classroom teachers agree that reading is an excellent activity to do with your kids. Take a look at a list of items that teachers want parents to know about reading.

What books are your children reading? Let us know in the Comments section. 

"What Teachers Want You to Know About Reading"
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What Type of Parent Are You
Parenting stylesParents often wonder if they are doing the best job raising their children. They worry if their kids will need years of therapy to undo the damage caused by the trauma of poor parenting. The choice in parenting style is personal, but being informed and understanding the needs of each child helps. Read about what experts say about each parenting style.

What is your parenting style? Let us know in the Comments section.

"Helicopter. Free-range. Tiger. What's your parenting style?"
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