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Recognizing Foster Care Month

In Community by Sarah Hink

In North Carolina and across the country, there are hundreds of thousands of children who are in foster care. These are children who states and courts have found to be abused or neglected, or whose parents are unable to care for them. As a result, these children have been placed in the care of foster parents, with appropriate family members and friends, in group-homes, and in institutional settings. May is National Foster Care Month, the purpose of which is to bring attention to children in foster care, to celebrate foster parents, and to encourage the widespread support of foster children and their caregivers. New Direction Family Law firmly believes in child protection, and that every child has a right to live free of abuse and neglect. Celebrate Foster Families Foster …

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Adoption: Types, Thoughts and Considerations

In Parenting by Elizabeth Stephenson

Adopting one child won’t change the world: but for that child, the world will change. –Unknown Adoption has changed my life.  My son was adopted at birth and in one moment my life was forever changed.  I know how fortunate I am to have the resources and opportunity to have this precious baby come in to my life and change my focus from me… to we.  Unfortunately, thousands of children are still waiting for their forever home. Adoption takes many forms – from adopting a child in foster care, step-parent adoptions and consensual adoptions. Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.  In North Carolina there are …