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September 2012 Archives

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Tell your kids if they're adopted"

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a report stating that parents should tell their children if they are adopted, and that doctors should work with adoptive parents to help them raise their adopted children.

"Children who join families through adoption can have unique medical, educational, developmental or behavioral issues, and it is important for both pediatricians and families to be aware of the psychological challenges that many adopted children experience." (Medpage Today)
The AAP contends that as adoptive parents and their children encounter these psychological challenges, that pediatricians can be a great resource.

The report also underscored the importance of using positive adoption language; for example, adoptive parents should not say their biological parents gave them up, but rather, they created "an adoption plan" for the child. Also, the AAP pointed out that by referring to biological parents as "natural" parents, the adoptive parents are implying that their family of adopted children is unnatural.

Though the AAP gave no timeline to indicate when parents should tell their children, they did state that kids do not generally recognize differences between families until age 3.

The authors of the AAP report conclude,

"it is becoming increasingly important for pediatricians to be aware of and knowledgeable about adoption...[They] play an important role in helping families deal with the differences, the losses, and the many other issues surrounding the adoption of a child."

Citation for the AAP report: Jones, V. F., & Schulte, E. E. (2012). The pediatrician's role in supporting adoptive families. Pediatrics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-2261

dtfa_logo.jpgThe Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA) issues annually a list of the top 100 best adoption-friendly workplaces, based on "the maximum amount of financial reimbursement and paid leave for employees who adopt." This list is issued each year as a way to increase public awareness of children in foster care waiting for adoption, as well as to recognize businesses that support adoptive families. In order to be considered for inclusion on the list, companies must complete the adoption benefits survey on the DTFA website.

This year's list was released earlier this week. Here are the top 10:

1. The Wendy's Company
2. Ferring Pharmaceuticals
3. RBS Citizens Financial Group
4. HanesBrands
5. Barilla America, Inc.
6. Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. (tie)
6. LSI Corporation (tie)
6. UBM (tie)
9. Boston Scientific
10. Bloomberg (tie)
10. Putnam Investments (tie)
Minnesota-based companies that made the list include General Mills (Minneapolis), which was tied with 9 other organizations for #38, and Carlson (Minnetonka), which was tied with 11 other organizations for #91.

To view the full list, visit the 2012 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces webpage.

CASCW selected by Senator Amy Klobuchar as an Angel in Adoption

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The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has been selected by Senator Amy Klobuchar as one of this year's Angels in AdoptionTM for outstanding advocacy in preparing adoption-competent clinical mental health and child welfare professionals for their work with adopted children and their families. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), which orchestrates the Angels in AdoptionTM program, will honor CASCW, along with more than 140 other Angels, at an awards ceremony and gala event on September 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C.

Established in 1999, the Angels in AdoptionTM program is CCAI's signature public awareness campaign that provides an opportunity for Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of children in foster and adoptive homes in the United States and abroad.

PACC_Logo.jpgPart of the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work, CASCW is being honored for its Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC), a professional training program that was developed in response to community demand for an adoption-competent mental health and child welfare workforce able to serve the unique and complex clinical and practice needs for adopted individuals and their families.

"Competent post-adoption support and adoption-competent mental health providers are critically needed to support and strengthen adoptive families," says JaeRan Kim, Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. "We are proud that our Center can contribute toward ensuring that mental health and child welfare practitioners in the state of Minnesota understand the unique and often complex needs of children, youth, and families that have been impacted by foster care and adoption."

The PACC program provides mental health and child welfare professionals the knowledge and skills they need to work with individuals and families involved in permanency and adoption. This helps to prevent disruptions in the post-adoption period.