A letter to my Foster Parents – a WCS teen

Posted on February 23, 2015. Category: CT Foster Care News

letterDear Ron and Tricia,

The time you’ve been in my life has impacted me so much. As parents you have shown me even more. I used to think that I would never deserve love after being thrown away by the ones I considered my family. Yet when I entered your home not only did I learn to feel loved again but how to trust myself to love others. You guys have honestly taught me how to believe in something called family again, and more importantly, a home. It may have taken some bumps in the road and stressed out incidents but by the end of every day I am so grateful to have a bed to lie in, in my own room, where I finally feel welcome and for once… loved. (more…)

Does Love Know No Color– Racial Identity for Adoptees

Posted on February 23, 2015. Category: CT Foster Care News

by Danielle C. Belton from The Root.com

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Does love know no color?

The ad campaign for Kevin Costner’s new film Black or White definitely supports that idea, pushing the hashtag #LoveKnowsNoColor while promoting the transracial custody drama.

Black or White pits a child’s white maternal grandfather (Costner) against her black paternal grandmother (played by Octavia Spencer) in a legal battle for custody. Think Losing Isaiah meets The Blind Side, dealing with the matter of white parents raising black or biracial children. In both those films, as in Black or White, the main focus seems to be on the adults in the room, fighting over the future and well-being of a child of color. But what of the children put in this situation, raised by white families? (more…)

It’s All Worth It – A Letter from a WCS Foster parent

Posted on February 23, 2015. Category: CT Foster Care News

My husband and I began our journey as foster care parents in 1998.  At first, it was more curiosity than anything; 15 years later I now know that it is a calling.  Foster care is challenging, frustrating, and sometimes heart breaking and yet it is the one of the most rewarding experiences a person could ever have.  Care can be in many different facets; from respite care to adoption and many stages in between.  We choose to pursue long-term care because we want to make a difference in a child’s life. We want to give them a safe home, people they can count on (eventually) and create normalcy in the lives. This is not to say that others that do emergency care are not as important, we just feel that this is where we fit into the puzzle.  We have one biological child, one adopted through the foster care system, a long-term placement (who did not want to be adopted) who is currently in college, and another long-term placement in high-school. (more…)

From Foster Teen to U.S. Marine – Jacoby’s story

Posted on February 23, 2015. Category: CT Foster Care News

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn November 17th,  19 year old Jacoby Wright realized his dream. His Facebook post that day shared “Today is the day, no more counting the weeks or days, now, just counting hours….I am truly blessed that my friends and family have shown me what the love of God is and because of that I am able to show others the same…so thank you. Signing off now, wish me luck!”  After working with a Recruiter, taking his ASVAB test and waiting for months, he was finally making the trip to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp.
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Helping Your Child to Improve Focus and Calm Down

Posted on March 11, 2014. Category: Children's Clinic Blog

What if someone told you that there was something that might help your child improve their focus in class, reduce anxiety and stress, better regulate their emotions, help them sleep easier and maybe even make them…..nicer?  And that this “something” was in fact something your child already knows how to do.  In fact, they’re doing it right now.

So, what is this miraculous-sounding something?

Breathing.  Yup.  Just breathing. (more…)

Mysteries of the Teenage Brain Revealed

Posted on January 10, 2014. Category: Children's Clinic Blog

While for many years differences in teen behaviors (from adults and children) were attributed to the influx of hormones or developmental changes they were experiencing, scientists are now realizing that in fact some of those differences are occurring because of what is happening in the brain. (more…)

My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD; What Now?

Posted on January 2, 2014. Category: Children's Clinic Blog

Here are some helpful sites that address both the diagnosis and what parents need to be aware of:

HelpGuide.org

PsychCentral.com

WebMD.com

Above are three sites that were easily found doing a Google search on “parenting a child with ADHD”; there are of course many, many more, but these offer a nice combination of what to do vs. what not to do, along with the basic information any parent who has a child diagnosed with ADHD should know about. (more…)