National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
This November marks National Adoption Month.
This year’s focus is on keeping siblings together. According to the
Children’s Bureau, there are some 102,000 children in foster care
awaiting adoption. In addition to promoting adoption to qualified
families, it’s also important to understand how healthy relationship
skills benefit not only adoptive parents but also the children they love
and care after.
When considering the foundations of a strong family relationship
and the responsibilities of parents, it should be no surprise that the
same skills required by biological family units extends to adoptive and
foster families. The addition of new family members can be both
exhilarating and stressful at the same time. Parents and caregivers need
to make a conscious effort to develop and maintain effective communication.
The Resource Center’s Virtual Training Center offers communication as part of its Core Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills (4 part series).
This short course is appropriate for professionals and individuals.
For more ideas on celebrating National Adoption Month and
promoting healthy relationships among adoptive families, we hope you
will take advantage of the resources offered in this month’s newsletter.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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Family supports such as relationship education training can be of
great benefit to adoptive and foster parents. Remember, when families
are considering adopting or being foster parents, there is much thought
and discussion, and couples working on their relationships may be
digging deeply into their own personal history or trauma. Consider
including healthy relationship education in foster parent certification
programs or as pre- or post-adoption support services. The Resource
Center’s research-based Strong Relationships, Strong Families curriculum is free and available as a PDF or as an online course through the Virtual Training Center.
For tips and tools to promote National Adoption Month visit www.childwelfare.gov and www.adoptuskids.org.
Spreading the word about adoption can make a world of difference for
the children waiting for caring families and forever homes.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 800 materials in a variety of formats
including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures,
pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and
Select the links below to view our featured November resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 2014 Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, November 19-21, 2014: The
NCFR is hosting researchers, practitioners and program evaluators,
policy makers, community members, etc. to examine the well-being of
child and adolescent family members. The multidimensional concept of
well-being is associated with individual characteristics, family and
social contexts, political and historical contexts, and their
interactions. The conference should empower and inform participants to
take the next steps to better understand and enhance the well-being of
children and adolescents, and, in turn, their families and communities.
The Resource Center will be exhibiting at this conference.
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please
contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to
request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance
Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship
education skills into service delivery systems as part of a
comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed
to promote self-sufficiency.