AdoptUSKids supports states, tribes, and territories in their recruitment and support of foster and adoptive families. We do this through webinars, direct outreach, and resources on this site.
You may find our collection of discussion guides helpful, which cover topics meant for a variety of roles and organizations. As we grow together as a field, we hope you’ll explore insights with us along the way.
AdoptUSKids discussion guides
- Are you a support group leader? Lead a discussion with your peers about just how important it is to form and sustain relationships with first family members. In “Navigating first family relationships,” you’ll find discussion themes, tips for challenges that will likely arise, and prompts to keep the conversation going.
- The field is continuously learning about the impact of trauma on family well-being. See “Understanding the impact of trauma on children’s behavior” and “Understanding confabulation.”
- For information about how the loss of a loved one impacts a family and what caregivers can do to help children through their grief, we’ve developed “Understanding childhood grief and loss” and “Understanding parental grief and loss.”
- Facilitate discussions with white parents about supporting a positive racial identity for children of color in transracial placements using “Supporting a positive racial identity for BIPOC children in transracial placements.” Here, we cover what white privilege is and what racial identity work in action looks like. At the end of the guide, you’ll find a list of books and other resources parents may find helpful.
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