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HuffPost Live Discussion on Transracial Adoption of Black Children
In a half-hour segment with families, adoptees, and child welfare experts, HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd leads a discussion on how adoptive parents can prepare their black children for inevitable race issues.
Lynn Moyer Named AdoptUSKids’ February Caseworker of the Month
Lynn Moyer, a social worker with Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware, is our February Caseworker of the Month. Moyer, an adoptive parent herself, uses her first-hand experience of going through the adoption process to provide child-specific recruitment services to children on her caseload and the families she recruits for them.
Adoption Success Story of the Farmer Family
When Barry Farmer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia, first considered fostering, he didn't think beyond providing a temporary, loving home to a child in need. Now, a single dad of a 10-year-old boy he adopted through foster care, Farmer is looking to adopt as many as two more children.
Phillip’s Story: Featured Foster Alumnus
Phillip Hodge, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, spent the majority of his childhood in foster care. Channeling the trauma and stress he experienced into music, Hodge has gone on to become a successful free style rapper known as Thuggizzle. Using his voice in hip hop, Hodge actively gives back to those in need through three different organizations that help families of children with special needs, parents whose children have been removed from their custody, and those with breast cancer.
How to Use Customer Service Concepts to Enhance Recruitment and Retention of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families
Through our work with States, Tribes, and Territories, we have been on a journey to help public child welfare systems improve retention, engagement, and satisfaction levels of their foster, adoptive, and kinship families. Our new publication, Using Customer Service Concepts to Enhance Recruitment and Retention Practices (PDF – 852 KB), from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids has evolved because of this journey. It integrates and adapts lessons learned about good customer service from world-class leaders in business, child welfare, and the ongoing work of AdoptUSKids as it relates to the challenging and often stressful responsibilities of the child welfare system.