Description: Families should call ahead with any special needs. Contact is Hilary Harrison, Benton County Regional Director at (541) 740-6306 or email@example.com
Family Support and Education Groups
Meets the last Tuesday of every month
Developmental Disabilities and Autism:
Meets the second Tuesday of every month. These groups meet at Grace Lutheran at the corner of Kings Blvd. and Harrison in Corvallis from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Dinner is provided and children’s programs are available on site for ages 3 and up.
Teen Social Club:
Autism, Aspergers, and Friends – meets the second Wednesday of the month This group meets at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis from 6pm-7:30pm
High School and Up Group:
Meets the last Tuesday of the month This group meets from 6pm-7:30pm with dinner being served at 5:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church.
Young Adult Connect (post high school to age 25):
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6pm-8pm at The Clubhouse on Jack London Rd. in Corvallis.
Oregon Teen Conference
- Description: Current of former foster youth ages 16-20 are welcome to apply for the conference. Runs for 4 days at Lewis and Clark College. Look for the next conference in the Summer of 2015!
- Info: Oregon Teen Conference Event Flyer
Family Friendly Activities In Corvallis
Benton County Tourism
What kinds of questions might I ask about a perspective adoption?What kind of information do I need about my adopted child? When is it provided?
- Why the child was initially (and, if applicable, subsequently) placed in foster care
- A description of the home environment from which the child was removed
- Details about the child’s other placements while in care
When children join a new foster or adoptive family,they often bring complicated histories that include abuse and neglect.
Some children have multiple diagnoses that affect their health, social and emotional well-being, and school performance. The more you know, the better prepared you can be to advocate for your child and handle situations as they may arise. Accurate information will also help you know more clearly why and when you may need to seek support from various professionals, get advice from experienced foster and adoptive parents, or tap into other community resources for help.
Social and Medical History
Start by learning as much as you can about your prospective child’s social and medical history from your state, province, county, or agency. Specific rules on what must be shared vary by state and province. You should seek the following information:
- The child’s school records and other details about the child’s educational experiences and abilities
- An assessment of how well the child interacts with peers, adults, and others
- Immunization and other health records (including diagnoses such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and problems arising from other prenatal drug exposure or pre-term delivery, attachment difficulties, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, and other mental health concerns)
- A checklist of the child’s behaviors, and how certain diagnoses and issues play out in family life as well as how other families have learned to cope with them
- Non-identifying details about the birth parents (including their general background, education, employment, armed services history; social or medical risk factors, drug usage, medical and mental health history, other children, and extended birth family history). Also inquire about the birth mother’s care during pregnancy, and any risk factors for the child due to the mother’s experiences during pregnancy or complications during delivery.
Information from Former Caregivers
Former caregivers may also be willing to share what they know about the family and offer insight about the child. Questions you might ask include:
- What information about the child’s and the birth family’s social and medical history do you believe is significant?
- What is missing from the paperwork?
- How can I get more information?
- Currently, how is the child’s health? Are there any diagnoses or allergies you know of that are not listed in his file?
- Is the child still in touch with his/her birth family? If not, when was the last contact the child had with the birth family?
- Does the child have siblings? Does the child have contact with the siblings? Will contact continue and to what degree?
- Is the child showing behaviors related to abuse, separation, or other trauma? Have other children been victimized by this behavior? If so, how?
- How many moves has the child experienced in foster care? What were the reasons for the moves? How is the child functioning as a result?
- How does the child relate to peers in the neighborhood and school?
- What methods of discipline does the child respond to best?
- What comforts the child? What comforting objects do you think should follow the child into adoption?
- What items, smells, foods, experiences, or events seem to trigger negative behavior in the child?
- What, in your opinion, is at the root of these behaviors? What in the child’s past might be causing him or her to behave in certain ways?
- Would you be willing to tell the child that he or she has your permission to join our family?
- Would you be willing to maintain some contact with the child during the transition to adoption? Provide respite care?
After gathering all the information you can, the most important thing you can do is to firmly commit to doing whatever it takes to help the child let go of the pain from his past and learn to face the future with hope.
To learn more about the importance of family background information and find links to specific state laws, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway
I’m having problems with the child welfare system. What can I do to help change it?
If you want to help change the system, join others who are already working in that area. Contact the parent groups in your area (find a database of groups at this link) to find out what they are doing or if they know of other advocacy groups you can get involved with. To report a specific problem, contact your adoption manager or the NACAC representative in your state. You may also want to contact one of AdoptUsKids’ Training and Technical Assistance consultants (a directory of staff and consultants is available at AdoptUsKids: Permanency – Tools and Resources).
Disclaimer: The views and opinions reflected in the blogs listed below are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of A Family For Every Child.
10 Things Adult Transracial Adoptees Want You to Know
Suggestions from African-American you adult adoptees, who were adopted by Caucasian parents. List courtesy of Creating a Family.
Adoption Advocate No. 65: My Story of Foster Care and Transracial Adoption
One transracial adoptee shares his adoption experiences with Adoption Advocate.
African American Adoption and Identity
Pact provides links to essays, articles and videos on African-American identity and adoption.
Asian/Asian-American Adoption and Identity
Pact provides a list of essays, articles, and videos on Asian/Asian-American identity and adoption.
Biracial, Multicultural, Interracial Identity in Adoption
Pact provides a list of essays, articles, and videos on bicultural identity in adoption.
Books for Babies and Toddlers About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for babies and toddler pertaining to race and adoption.
Books for Preschoolers About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for preschoolers pertaining to race and adoption.
Books for Kindergarten-2nd Grade About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for kids in kindergarten-2nd grade pertaining to race and adoption.
Books for 3rd-5th Grade About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for kids in 3rd-5th grade pertaining to race and adoption.
Books for Tweens About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for youth in middle school pertaining to race and adoption.
Books for Teens About Adoption, Race and Family
Pact compiled a list of books for teens in high school pertaining to race and adoption.
Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care
Natural hair styling tips for parents raising African-American daughters.
Latino(Hispanic) Adoption and Identity
Pact provides a list of articles, essays, and videos on Latino/Hispanic identity in adoption.
Love Isn’t Enough blog: “I Didn’t Know You Had a Mixed Baby!”
A transracial family discusses their experience raising their daughter.
Personal Story: “Raising a Child of a Different Race”
A transracial family gives advice and shares their story with Building Your Family.
Pact provides a list of essays, articles, and videeos on racial identity.
Pact provides a list of essays, articles, and videos on racism.
Talking About Race: Language and Strategies
Pact provides a list of essays, articles, and videos on talking about race.
Talking With Children About Race and Racism
Pact provides a list of essays, articlesm, and videos on talking about race and racism with children.
Child Welfare Information Gateway compiled a guide to transracial adoption resources.
Transracial Adoption Books for Adults
Pact compiled a list of transracial adoption books for parents
A list of resources from Creating a Family on transracial adoptions. Resources include books, free radio shows, blogs, factsheets, and more.
Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption
A guidebook from IFAPA for transracial/transcultural families on helping your child gain a strong sense of racial or cultural identity, how to handle racism, how to answer tough questions, and more. Provides additional resources.
Transracial and Transcultural Adoption
A Family for Every Child compiled a guide on transracial and transcultural adoption.
NACAC provides a resource list on transracial/transcultural parenting.