Archive for January, 2010
The primary purpose of this study, conducted in California, was to examine how training in the family court process affects cargivers’ knowledge and attitudes about participating in court hearings and the likelihood that they will participate. In addition, the study began to explore in a qualitative way what factors determine how information from caregivers is […]
Foster parents play a very important role as a team member meeting the needs of the child in their home. Because of the foster parents’ daily interactions with the child, they have the most complete information about the child. It is important for you, as the foster parent, to share that information with the other […]
This manual is also available to download at www.lapponline.org andwww.nfpainc.org. Or you can download it here in four parts.
Why a Resource Caregiver Should Go to Court Here are some reasons why a resource caregiver should seriously consider attending court hearings for the child in your care. · To provide information about the child in your care. · To request information or services that you or the child are entitled to but that you have […]
With so many people involved in the lives of your foster children, documentation becomes very important. Download this article for useful tips on advocacy and the written word.
To effectively get started in advocating for families, you need to find your focus. You may feel frustrated when you see the many ways systems fail to serve families, but your desire to want to fix everything can paralyze your efforts. To be effective, you need to identify the specific problem you want to try […]
Probably the single greatest traumatic incident for the good people who come forward to be foster or adoptive parents is to be accused of some form of child abuse. People who come forward to care for children usually view themselves as people who love children and only want to help and be of service to […]
“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” said one parent about the time her foster daughter filed an abuse allegation against her. Most often false, allegations of abuse against parents who foster and adopt children with special needs are frighteningly common. When parenting these special children, it is in our best interest to […]
LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF HAWAII KIDS’ SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROJECT Our Kids’ Social Security Disability Project focuses on outreach to special needs children and families with special needs children who may qualify for disability benefits. Information regarding this resource for low-income and disabled children is sparse. Thank you to Hawaii’s Legislature for supporting this effort and for […]
This new online documentary speaks to the issues related to adoptee access to their original birth certificates. It is “Vital Records,” a 20 minute film by Jean Strauss, and can be found at http://web.mac.com/fbeavers/iWeb/Access%202006/Movie.html. In the voices of birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptees, and their allies we hear rebutted all of the arguments presented against access. […]