Wendy’s Wonderful Kids’ Child-Focused Recruitment Adoption Model: Making a Difference for Thousands of Children


Did you know that 50,516 children were adopted from foster care in 2011? November is National Adoption Month, a time to recognize the efforts of social workers, judges, agency administrators, philanthropists, therapists, guardians ad litem, court appointed special advocates, policymakers, and a multitude of other dedicated individuals whose combined efforts helped achieve forever families for children. For the adoptive parents and their children, it’s a time to celebrate the commitments they have made to each other. But it’s also a time to ask how we can ensure that children who remain in foster care, and for whom returning to their families of origin is not safe or possible, can also join adoptive families someday soon. At the end of 2011, 104,236 children were officially classified as waiting for adoption.1

Source: Child Trends

Available at: http://www.childtrends.org/wendys-wonderful-kids-child-focused-recruitment-adoption-model-making-a-difference-for-thousands-of-children/

Working With Military Families

Military families experience unique challenges that can affect family and home life. This section provides resources for working with military families on topics such as adoption, child abuse and neglect, prevention, deployment, domestic violence, and mental health stressors, as well as information on an array of services that are designed to support military families.

  • Supporting military families
  • Adoption
  • Child abuse, neglect, and prevention
  • Dealing with deployment
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health and stressors

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Available at: http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/cultural/families/military.cfm

The Two Year Window


A decade ago, a neuroscientist named Charles Nelson traveled to Bucharest to visit Romania’s infamous orphanages. There, he saw a child whose brain had swelled to the size of a basketball because of an untreated infection and a malnourished one-year-old no bigger than a newborn. But what has stayed with him ever since was the eerie quiet of the infant wards. “It would be dead silent, all of [the babies] sitting on their backs and staring at the ceiling,” says Nelson, who is now at Harvard. “Why cry when nobody is going to pay attention to you?”

Source: The New Republic

Available at: http://www.tnr.com/article/economy/magazine/97268/the-two-year-window?page=0%2C0&passthru=YzBlNDJmMmRkZTliNDgwZDY4MDhhYmIwMjYyYzhlMjg&utm_source=The+New+Republic&utm_campaign=aff101360e-TNR_Daily_111411&utm_medium=email