International adoption training
International Adoption training, required by The Hague Convention since 2008, will begin in February. FHC collaborates with several other local agencies in Pittsburgh’s International Adoption Collaborative Training (IACT)network to offer 10 hours of required training to those pursuing international adoption.Trainings include Medical Issues of International Adoption, Parenting to Promote Attachment, Positive Cultural Connections and Adoption is a Lifelong Process, which JoAnn facilitates. To register, or for more information, please contact FHC at 412.422.8567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Pennsylvania Senate passes open adoption legislation
At FHC we work with adoptive parents on ways to talk to their children about adoption in a developmentally-appropriate way. Conversations create a chance for adoptive parents to help their children accept who they are and gain a sense of identity. Knowledge about birthparents doesn’t diminish the adoptive parents’ roles as Mom and Dad. Instead it helps children make sense of what has happened in their lives and how they came to be an integral part of their permanent family.
For some children, when physical or emotional safety is not comprised, it is possible to maintain some sort of relationship with their birth parents or extended birth families. Last fall the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved legislation to recognize voluntary open adoption agreements and streamline procedures for retrieving adoption records. According to the Senate website:
Senate Bill 1360 would allow a perspective adoptive parent to enter into a voluntary agreement with a birth relative of a child to permit continuing contact between the child and the birth relative. If the child is age 12 and older, the child’s consent would be required. The court would only approve the agreement if all parties enter voluntarily, and it is in the best interest of the child.
Please extend a warm welcome to FHC’s newest staff member, Erica Lyons. Erica joins us as a foster care and adoption caseworker. She helps prepare children for permanency, creating life books, writing child profiles and preparing home studies.