NewFound News for You
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All parents, whether they be adoptive, foster, kinship, or birth have questions about raising children. We all know that parenting is never easy. NewFound Families strongly believes that every foster, kinship, and adoptive parent should have a support system of other parents who are going through the same struggles. That’s why we host weekly support chats on our private Facebook Group to help facilitate conversation and answer the questions.
Foster Caregivers play an important role in supporting and advocating for children and youth with mental health difficulties in their care. Children and youth in foster care are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic medications (APs) compared to children and youth who are not in foster care. Caregivers, with the right tools and information, have the ability to advocate for collaborative systems of care for children and youth taking antipsychotic medications.
Thinking about becoming a foster parent but you just aren’t sure where to begin? It’s okay to be overwhelmed at first. Choosing to become a parent is a big deal, no matter how your child comes to you. Unlike “traditional” parenthood, becoming a foster parent requires several boxes to be checked before you welcome your new family member home. But if you follow these 123’s of becoming a foster parent - and just take it step by step - the process can feel a lot more manageable and understandable.
As you’re contemplating being a foster parent, check out this roadmap we’ve created to help guide you on your journey to parenthood.
Meet Our Weekly Support Chat Facilitator, Cindi Maurice
Being a parent is definitely not easy. But being a foster, adoptive, or kinship parent can be even more of a struggle. There are so many questions that can go unanswered and resources that are unknown. That’s why we started our weekly support chats. No foster, kinship, or adoptive parent should go it alone. You need a support system of other parents who are experiencing the same things you are - and a place you can go to for help or advice.
The City of Newport News Department of Human Services held a National Adoption Day Celebration in November for National Adoption Month. As part of the event, they invited Mrs. Ruth McCall-Miller to share her story. The theme was "Follow the Yellow Brick Road". Her story was so moving, we just had to share.
Ruth's Adoption Story
My story is your story. My story is for all of us who do what we do to make sure that children and families find one another.