Adoption has a lifelong impact on those it touches, and members of adoptive families may want professional help when concerns arise. Timely intervention by a professional skilled in adoption, attachment, and trauma issues often can prevent concerns from becoming more serious problems. This factsheet offers information on the different types of therapy and providers available… [read more]
What’s inside: • Defining a sibling relationship • Legal framework for protecting sibling connections • The importance of siblings • Sibling relationships in abusive or neglectful families • Benefits of placing siblings together • Barriers to placing siblings together • Practices for keeping siblings together in placement • When siblings cannot live in the same… [read more]
Every State permits transfer of guardianship authority over a child from a parent to another adult when the child has no other parent available to assume responsibility for care and custody of the child. A traditional guardianship provides for the care of a child in the event of the parent’s death or permanent disability and… [read more]
The Office of Adoption Operations is a licensed adoption agency within the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P). The Office of Adoption Operations is approved to provide adoption services to children in the public child welfare system, which includes placing children into adoptive homes as… [read more]
A proactive guide for recognizing the warning signs and identifying children who may turn to violence. “STEP UP, TAKE ACTION” – When Does a Child Need Help? Dear Parents and Teachers of Elementary School Children, The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, made clear the urgent need to protect our children and… [read more]
Adopting a stepchild is the most common form of adoption. A stepparent who adopts agrees to become the legal parent and be fully responsible for his or her spouse’s child. After the stepparent adoption occurs, the noncustodial parent (the parent not living with the child) no longer has any rights or responsibilities for the child,… [read more]
Youth in foster care or kinship care often have experienced abuse, neglect, chaotic living situations, and placement(s) away from their families. Their histories can lead to complicated emotions and behaviors, and many experience trauma. While youth can heal, often it will take small steps over time with stability, supports, and services.
This book provides some of the knowledge needed to help you in your important role as a parent. Learning more about parenting and child development can make a world of difference for both you and your child. Increasing your understanding, together with your love for your child, can help you become a better parent –… [read more]