The average age for the children in foster care was 9.7 years. Average length of stay in foster care was 27.2 months. The largest percentage of children (47 percent) were in a nonrelative foster family home. Forty-nine percent had a case goal of reunification. 123,000 were awaiting adoption, down from 132,000 in FY 2007. (Children's Bureau AFCARS report, Fiscal Year 2008)
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"When I think about the evolution of my identity, one thing that literally and figuratively rises to the top - my hair!" - April Dinwoodie, transracially adopted person and chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.
As parents of black children, you may be struggling with how to care for and style your child's hair. Unsuccessful attempts and advice from others may affect your confidence as a parent.
Tending to your child's hair and skin properly can boost not only a parent's self esteem, but also a child's and can help connect the family to the child's heritage and culture.
Learn basic techniques and styles from an expert stylist. How-to videos are easy to follow and offer great advice for all hair types.
Learn important tips on scalp and skin care, paying special attention to cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection, in particular.
Michelle Madrid-Branch shares her personal journey and the things that helped and hurt along the way. An adoption-competent therapist joins her with advice on what adoptive parents can do to help foster a healthy sense of self, while keeping their adopted children company along the way.
Great tips for caring for skin of color. Learn more about hair and skin care in Braids, Curls, Twists & Twirls: A How-To for Natural Black Hair Care