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May 28, 2013
By Rita SoronenPresident and CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation
May 28, 2013
Link: The Adoption Clubhouse - A Place for Adopted Children and Their Parents to Know What's on the Mind of Young Adoptees. The National Adoption center has launched an exciting website specifically for adopted children ages 8 - 13, their parents and others interested in knowing what’s on the minds of young adoptees.
May 22, 2013
DC Family and Youth Initiative is the only DC area organization focused exclusively on helping teens in foster care make lifelong connections with caring adults. They create enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. They match youth with host parents and mentors as well as helping youth find adoptive families. Learn more by visiting: http://www.dcfyi.org/volunteer-dcfyi.
May 14, 2013
About The Workshop: Current estimates of sexual abuse among children in foster and adoptive placement range from 75% to 85%.  Given the high incidence of sexual abuse among children who are entering adoption, it is imperative that adoptive families understand the facts of abuse as well as their respective roles in the healing process.  Equally important is the individual’s level of comfort in discussing sexual abuse and normal sexual issues. 
May 6, 2013
A few weeks ago we hosted The Barker Foundations Annual Conference. We had an excellent turn out of individuals invested in all spectrums of adoption. One of my favorite workshops was held by Chauncey Strong, MSW, LGSW. Mr. Strong is the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Foster Care Supervisor, Board Member for the Foster Care Alumni of America and an adopted person.
April 15, 2013
I attended training in Delaware this past weekend regarding an organization that is promoting child sexual abuse prevention & awareness training. The training provides you with video testimonials from actual survivors of child sexual abuse and from experts who deal with sexual abuse and its prevention. Hearing about this effort made me think about this topic in relation to the children we work to place through PWNL.
April 11, 2013
The question can be asked: “When is a person too old to need a parent?”
April 4, 2013
The Barker Foundation Annual Conference is only 10 days away! PWNL is hosting two sessions featuring experts that have experience working with youth in the foster care system and older child adoptions. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for families that have adopted older children, families interested in adopting older children or anyone who has an interested in foster care and adoption.
March 29, 2013
For families considering older child adoption it is important to do a self-assessment based on your ideas and thoughts about this type of adoption.  Here are some questions to consider:
March 19, 2013
                                      Karen and Fred were matched with their son Ryan through Project Wait No Longer, when Ryan was 12 years old. This is their story:

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