January 14, 2014
Transitioning into a forever family can be a stressful time for a child. They may wonder if they will fit in, will they be “given up on,” and a host of other concerns. One way to help your child know that they are part of the family is by “claiming them.”The act of claiming a child involves claiming actions of the child, likes and dislikes, etc. and attributing them to traits within your family. For example, “you are just like me, you like to have whipped cream with your ice cream.” Or “you are just like your dad, you guys know how to fix just about everything.”
January 3, 2014
Link: American RadioWorks - Wanted: Parents
December 24, 2013
Link: Internet lifts shroud of secrecy on adoption
December 11, 2013
Link: Six Things Adoptive/Foster Families Need When New Children ArriveFrom the start of every family’s adoption process they anticipate the arrival of their child. When the child arrives, families are often reluctant to ask their support network for help and/or the support network is unfamiliar with what to help with.
October 31, 2013
Link: Website shows foster kids their wishes are worthwhileOne Simple Wish was started by Danielle Gletow to help grant the wishes of children in foster care.
October 30, 2013
Link: A Must Attend Event - FOSTER THE CITY DCThis Saturday PWNL will be exhibiting at Foster the City in DC. Below is more information about the event (or visit the link above)! We hope to see you there!Every child deserves a loving and stable home. There are 1,300 children in DC’s foster care system, three hundred waiting for adoptive families, and thousands more across Maryland and Virginia. The good news? There’s something you can do about it.
September 4, 2013
Tonight at 5pm on NBC news the Wednesday’s Child program will follow a family’s adoption journey to adopting a sibling group.  This couple worked with Project Wait No Longer to adopt 3 very special sisters from the foster care system. 
August 12, 2013
I recently attended the FFTA (Foster Family Treatment Association) conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I received an excellent tool through one of the workshops I attended which discussed post-placement support for adoptive families. We discussed “Ways to Integrate your Adopted Child into your Family” here are 10 of my favorite tips:*Create a new family history – family members may start a family album that includes the new extended family, as well as fun shots of each individual member.
June 28, 2013
All adoptive parents think about what it will be like to meet their child for the first time. What will he look like? What will she think? Will he want to sit and talk? Will she want to do something fun and distracting?As potential parents we try to anticipate every possible outcome and be prepared for the needs that our child might have.
June 28, 2013
In this section of our newsletter, we often feature stories of families that have adopted through PWNL and have gone on to do very well.  Recently, I had one such parent ask me why we never feature stories of the families that struggle.  I shared with her that while I would love to do that, very few people are willing to give us permission to share those stories in our newsletter.  So, in lieu of a family story – I thought that I could share some insight as a professional that has been working in foster care and adoption for over 16 years.

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