What's New!   
 

News, Notes, and Current Items of Interest From KinKonnect

 

Our "What's New" Page is a great place to find out about kinship related news.
Please check in on our What's New Page often, as it will be continually updated.


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11/03/08
Kinship care in New York


10/07/2008
Senate passes "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing adoptions Act of 2008 (H.R. 6893)


08/19/2008
When Kin Aren't Kind


08/19/2008
Kids Do Better with Relatives than with Foster Care


08/19/2008
DAVIS - Advancing Kinship Care


08/19/2008
Father Involvement Benefits Infants' Cognitive Development


07/23/2008
Tips for Parents kids in cars

 

07/07/2008
Speaking of Adoption" this Tues. on the web


06/10/2008
Did you know...that the majority of Americans are touched by adoption?

06/03/2008

Second Annual Basketball Tournament

05/20/2008
New Child Welfare Information Gateway


05/15/2008
Opportunity for Families

 

05/12/08
Division of Child Behavioral Child Services Newsletter


05/08/2008
Third National GrandRally


03/18/2008
Kinship Care letter to Congress




11/03/08
Kinship care in New York

The New York State Kincare Coalition has released its recommendations for a five-year plan of action to better support the grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising more than 400,000 children in New York State. AARP New York is a member of the Coalition, which is a statewide network of organizations and agencies that are dedicated to empowering kincaregivers.
To read the entire article please click here.



10/07/2008
Senate passes "Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing adoptions Act of 2008 (H.R. 6893)

The Senate has passed the passed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (HR6893).  Passed by the House on September 17, the bill now awaits signature by President Bush. Once signed, the legislation will (among other things):
Reauthorize and update the adoption incentives program
Gradually de-link Title IV-E adoption assistance from income requirements so that all children with special needs eventually have access to this federal support
Provide for Title IV-E funding of kinship guardianship placements
Extend direct Title IV-E funding to tribal governments
Allow states to receive federal reimbursement for support provided to foster youth up to age 21
Create a grant program to support kinship caregivers
Require reasonable efforts to keep siblings together
Require agencies to inform prospective adopters about the tax credit
A more detailed summary of it can be found here:
http://www.nacac.org/policy/HR6893_summary.pdf




08/19/2008
When Kin Aren't Kind

When an abused or neglected child is removed from parental custody, both state policy and federal law favor placement with a close relative, often a grandparent. But so-called kinship care can breed dangers all its own.
To read the entire article please click here




08/19/2008
Kids Do Better with Relatives than with Foster Care

Children who have to leave their homes because of abusive parents have fewer behavioral problems if they are placed with relatives -- an arrangement known as kinship care -- than if they are placed in foster care, research shows.
To read the entire article please click here



08/19/2008
DAVIS - Advancing Kinship Care


According to Census data, there are just under 120,000 children in Illinois being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. Kinship care is especially significant for Chicago. My Congressional District, the 7th, has the highest percentage of children living with kinship caregivers in the nation, followed by the 1st District of Illinois with the second-highest percentage and the 2nd District of Illinois with the 10th highest percentage in the nation.

To read the entire article please click here


08/19/2008
Father Involvement Benefits Infants' Cognitive Development 


Fathers' involvement in a wide range of activities with their infant children is positively associated with infant cognitive development, according to a new Child Trends study published online in the Journal of Family Issues.  The study, "Involvement among Resident Fathers and Links to Infant Cognitive Outcomes," also shows that the benefits of father involvement for infants' cognitive development are greater for male infants and for infants with a disability. 
The study is based on the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Birth Cohort, a nationally representative survey of children born in 2001.




07/23/2008
Tips for Parents kids in cars

This site has lots of information about Kid safety and cars. http://kidsandcars.org/
It also has links to several technological gadgets to help prevent kids from being accidentally left in a car.
To read the entire articles please click here and here



07/07/2008
Speaking of Adoption" this Tues. on the web

My guest for Tuesday, July 8th is Elizabeth Brundage, author of Somebody Else's Daughter; a psychological thriller of secrets, dark motives, and an adoption buried in the past.
(Secrets, dark motives and lies, oh my! That's "adoption" all right!)
At the center of Elizabeth Brundage’s new novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. Willa, brought up in elegant prosperity, is now a student at the prestigious Pioneer School. But her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, can’t
live with himself without seeing her again.
In this idyllic Berkshires landscape, Willa’s adoptive parents have fled a mysterious past; a feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair; teenagers live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye; and the headmaster’s wife is busy keeping her husband’s disastrous history and current indiscretions well hidden. The culmination of these forces is the collision of two very different fathers— biological and adoptive—and a villain whose ends and means slowly
unfold with the help, witting and unwitting, of all around him. Somebody Else’s Daughter delivers an electric, suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the
American psyche.

About the Author
Elizabeth Brundage is the author of The Doctor’s Wife and holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a James A. Michener Fellowship. Before attending Iowa, she was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, Witness magazine, and New Letters.

And you can still listen to my interview with Wendy Kramer of the Donor Sibling Registry who is also making an upcoming appearance on the Oprah Show on July 11th!

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www.speakingofadoptionradio.com


 

06/10/2008
Did you know...that the majority of Americans are touched by adoption? 


Donna Montalbano brings on the experts to discuss the issues affecting the "triad" (adoptee, birth and adoptive parents) open adoption
foreign adoption
foster care
kinship adoption
search and reunion
safe haven laws
adoptee access to original birth records
gay and lesbian adoption

Log onto http://speakingofadoptionradio.com/ to hear interesting adoption related topics.


 

06/03/2008

Second Annual Basketball Tournament

NJPC Youth Group 2nd Annual Prospect Point Benefit Basketball Tournament - June 7, 2008

On June 7, 2008, the New Jersey Parents Caucus' Statewide Youth Group will hold their 2nd Annual Basketball Tournament Fundraiser.  The Basketball Tournament will be held in Lake Hopatcong, NJ between 12PM and 7PM.   There are 2 Age Divisions- 12 to 16 & 17 and up and a $5 entry fee per person (including substitutes).  Winners of their respective divisions will get 1/4 of the proceeds from the event!   Refreshments and Barbeque items will be available  For more information on the Basketball Tournament or to sign up a team of 3, please contact David Crosby at 973-294-8143 or Jordan Jett  at 973-518-2499.  To view information and pictures from last years event, please visit http://www.newjerseyparentscaucus.org/htmls/youthgroup.html.
To see an announcement please click here


 

05/20/2008
New Child Welfare Information Gateway


Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

To visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway website please click here


05/15/08
Opportunity for Families

As an active supporter of international understanding, you help families bridge cultural divides in order to provide loving homes for children from around the world. Youth For Understanding joins in that work and helps provide students from over 60 countries the opportunity to live and learn while immersed in American culture.
Youth For Understanding (YFU), one of the oldest and largest exchange programs in the world, is seeking families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to one of our international students for the 2008-2009 academic year. For families interested in adopting a child from another country, hosting a foreign exchange student is an excellent introduction to the culture from which that child may come.
All kinds of families make wonderful YFU host families, including singles, parents with or without children, empty nesters, and members of the gay community. Host families may choose to host as a welcome family for six weeks, a semester, or a full school year.
f you are interested in this opportunity to further connect your families with the international community, here are some options:
Ø      Offer information or make an announcement at your next meeting or event.
Ø      Request hosting materials to distribute to your families
Ø      List our website and contact information in your newsletter or bulletin.
Ø      Forward an invitation to your families to attend YFU events and orientations in your local area.
If you are interested, please call our office at 1-866-493-8872, Ext. 110 or e-mail Theresa Nowak at tnowak@yfu.org. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have and to provide you with more information. You can also visit our website at www.yfu-usa.org.  Please help us by passing this information on to the families that your organization serves.
Warm Regards,
Theresa Nowak



05/12/08
Division of Child Behavioral Child Services Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS) Newsletter. Look for this newsletter quarterly to provide updates, helpful links, interesting data, and most importantly, the voice of youth. We chose Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week to launch this endeavor. Throughout the state, youth, families, and agencies are educating their larger community about the challenges and successes of New Jersey youth with behavioral health needs.
To see the entire newsletter please click here


05/08/2008
Third National GrandRally


On May 7, 2008, over one thousand grandparents and other relatives raising children will gather at the U.S. Capitol to highlight their important role in raising children and their need for help from family, friends, their communities, state and national organizations and agencies and elected officials.  This Third National GrandRally for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children is co-sponsored by AARP, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund, Generations United, GrandFamilies of America, and the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights. One thousand grandparents and other relatives from 41 states rallied in Washington in 2005.

To read the entire article please click here
To see the flier click here


03/18/2008
Kinship Care letter to Congress

Approximately 2.5 million children are being cared for by grandparents and other relatives without either parent present.
One in five of these children live below the poverty line and many of the caregivers live on fixed incomes,
but only about 30% receive any public financial support.
To read the entire article please click here