Adoptee Voices: Foster Care & The Value of Adoption

When talking about adoption and the adoption process, there's one voice that should sound the loudest, the voice of the adoptee. As we enter National Foster Care Month, we want to amplify these voices even more. We hope that hearing from youth who once were in foster care can help the adoption community at large gain a fresh perspective and encouragement as you face your own journey. 

Eva is a bright and exceptional young lady. She was matched with her forever mom when she was 15 years old, and now four years later continues to advocate the importance of permanency. Read more of our Q&A interview with Eva below.

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

Anyone who works in child welfare or has fostered/adopted from the child welfare system knows that an overwhelming percentage of children in foster care are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, children in foster care are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. While it has become a common diagnosis, researchers and clinicians have recently begun to study the relationship between ADHD symptoms and trauma. Lack of resources and time allows children in foster care to slip through the cracks and creates a tradition of overmedicating without getting to the root of the cause. Below is an article originally published in 'The Atlantic' explaining the relationship between trauma and ADHD symptoms, and what clinicians can do to prevent misdiagnosis.