Welcome to the first edition of the Information Corner monthly newsletter from AdoptUSKids.
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Welcome to the Information Corner

Welcome to the first edition of the Information Corner monthly newsletter from AdoptUSKids. You’re receiving this email because you’re a child welfare professional who signed up for our email list at a workshop or conference. The Information Corner is aimed at helping you find permanency for children in foster care by sharing tips, tools, and information you can use in the field.

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House IconFeatured Family

Tanja and Al Hicks of Virginia enjoy spending a lot of time together as a family. Activities include walking, bike riding, amusement parks, beaches, games, movies, church, and watching television. They feel their home will accommodate more children, and that their community and school system are very conducive for children with varying needs. The Hicks are very loving, empathetic, and cheerful.

To find out more about this home studied family and the hundreds of others on our site, register your agency with AdoptUSKids for free.

Newspaper IconNews and Announcements

Amanda Koon Named AdoptUSKids' February Caseworker of the Month
Amanda Koon, an adoption specialist for the South Carolina Department of Social Services Region II Adoption Services office in Columbia, South Carolina, is our February Caseworker of the Month. Read more
AdoptUSKids and Ad Council Seeking Stories
Do you know of adoptive parents who began their journey to adoption after seeing or hearing one of the (TV, radio, print, or billboard) ads that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent?” If so, then AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council would love to include them in a video series of success stories. Have them contact us today at info@adoptuskids.org.

Free Webinar on Child Welfare Survey Design and Implementation
The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data & Technology is hosting a free webinar from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST on February 23 to help program and data managers gather more information about the families they serve, their communities, and their work force. Read more  
Article in Adoptive Families on Post-Adoption Behavioral Issues
A recent article titled "Expecting the Unexpected" in Adoptive Families explores strategies and successes child welfare experts and parents have had in dealing with surprising behavioral issues after adopting a toddler or older child. Read more  
New Sharable Widget for Understanding Tween Speak
Ever wondered what a preteen means when they say “tope” or “DYJHIW”? Find out using this Tween Translator and share it with others who have preteens in their lives. This widget is part the award-winning national recruitment campaign produced through a partnership of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, Ad Council, and AdoptUSKids. Read more
The Garret Family’s Adoption Success Story
Susan and Rick Garrett of Hampton, Virginia, refused to let distance deter them from pursuing an interjurisdictional adoption when they found a boy on AdoptUSKids’ website they just knew was meant to be their son. Read more

Question Mark IconQuestion of the Month

How can my agency partner more effectively with African American foster, adoptive, and kinship families?
There is no “one size fits all” description of African American families, which like all families are diverse with various beliefs, values, and socioeconomics. Use our free resource guide Working with African American Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families (PDF – 2.5MB) to learn more about effectively recruiting and retaining African American families.


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