WRAP – Westchester’s Resource for Adoption Program

WRAP was developed in conjunction with the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) in order to ensure that adoptive families have support available to them. WRAP provides a wide range of resources including clinical consultation, support services, an adoption library, and training.

HELPFUL RESOURCES
The resources below, compiled by WRAP, will save time and provide valuable information.
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION
LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS
LEGAL INFORMATION
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN
WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

 

General Adoption Information

Top informational web resources in Adoption Resource Directory
Other Resources:
LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATION / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION / SOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION
This website provides information regarding foster care adoption resources and adoption facts.
http://www.davethomasfoundation.org

ADOPTION SERVICES, INC.
This website offers information regarding adoption, foster care adoption, adoption laws, plus financial and medical assistance programs.
http://www.adoptionservices.org/adoption_special/adoption_foster_care.htm

ADOPT US KIDS
The mission of AdoptUsKids is to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system and to assist in recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.
Retrieved December 2, 2010 from http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourcecenter

OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
This website provides information regarding foster/adoption and the process of adoption in New York State
http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/adopt/

THE CENTER FOR ADOPTION SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
C.A.S.E is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.
This website includes webinars. http://www.adoptionssupport.org/

US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES CHILD WELFARE INFORMATION GATEWAY
A service of the Children’s Bureau, this site provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources for families on topics related to foster care and adoption.
http://www.childwelfare.gov

NORTH AMERICAN COUNCIL ON ADOPTABLE CHILDREN (NACAC)
NACAC provides information regarding public policy advocacy, education and adoption support. www.nacac.org/

THE EVAN B. DONALDSON ADOPTION INSTITUTE
A national organization devoted to improving adopting policy and practice. www.adoptioninstitute.org/

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
This website offers information regarding foster care and adoption, current trends, tip sheets, resources, and real life stories.
http://www.helpstartshere.org/tag/adoption

ADOPTION.COM
This website provides information regarding adopting a child from the foster care system.
http://photolisting.adoption.com/waiting-children/adopting-a-child-from-the-foster-care-system,2.html

FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICE (FFAS)
This website provides information regarding the adoption of children both through the foster care system and privately. It also offers articles and resources related to adoption.
http://www.familyfocusadoption.org

NEW YORK STATE CITIZENS COALITION FOR CHILDREN (NYSCCC)
The Coalition provides support, information and advocacy for foster and adoptive parents and professionals in New York State.
http://nysccc.org/

QUESTIONS COME WITH THE TERRITORY
This article provides guidance on how to answer difficult adoption questions such as “Is that your child?”
http://library.adoption.com/articles/questions-come-with-the-territory.html

 

Local Adoption Organizations

Local Adoption Organizations in Westchester County, New York
Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION  /  LEGAL INFORMATION  /  SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION  /  SOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS /
FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

 

WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICE
The Westchester County Office of Children’s Services offers a full range of adoption services. The website lists profiles of children in Westchester County waiting for adoption.
Phone: (800) 4KIDS-27  http://socialservices.westchestergov.com

FAMILY SERVICES OF WESTCHESTER
FSW provides a full range of services, from counseling for birth parents to domestic and international home studies for adoptive parents, support groups for parents going through the adoption process, plus a menu of post-placement services.
Phone: (914) 937-2320  http://www.fsw.org

ADOPTIVE PARENTS COMMITTEE INC.
The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) is a non-profit parent support group comprised of volunteers.  http://www.adoptiveparents.org

FAMILY TIES
Free family support, advocacy, parent skills training, as well as a variety of support services. http://www.familytieswestchester.org/

WESTCHESTER’S RESOURCE FOR ADOPTION PROGRAM (WRAP)
Westchester’s Resource for Adoption Program (WRAP) grew out of a need expressed by foster parents who were cautious about adopting children for fear of losing critical supports that are available to them during a foster care placement. WRAP provides services to families who have adopted children from the Westchester County foster care system until the age of 21. The program offers short term clinical supports, information and referral resources, a helpline, training for families and professionals, an onsite lending library and support groups for adoptive parents and children.
PHONE: Linda Fettmann, LCSW (914) 493-2900

 

Legal Information-Legal Concerns Related to Adoption

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION / SOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK
Provides advocacy for children from birth through age 26 in NYC, including children from the child welfare system who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.  http://www.advocatesforchildren.org/

THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ADOPTION LAW & POLICY
NCALP seeks to improve the law, policies, and practices associated with child protection and adoption systems through education, advocacy, and research
Phone: 614-236-6730.  http://www.ncalp.org

 

Schools and Education

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATIONSOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

ADOPTION TODAY – ADOPTION AND SCHOOLS
This website includes a variety of articles relating to adoption in the schools.
http://www.adoptiontoday.com/schools.html

IOWA FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION
Adoption Basics for Educators: How Adoption Impacts Children & How Educators Can Help
As identified by this manual’s mission statement, “this booklet was developed to provide educators with basic information about adoption-related issues and the effect these issues might have on students, as well as suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for students who are adopted.” Topics explored include the history of adoption, a child’s understanding of adoption, the role of educators, curriculum concerns and much more.  http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/AdoptionBasicsforEducators.pdf

THE CENTER FOR ADOPTION AND SUPPORT EDUCATION IN THE CHILDREN’S WORLD AT SCHOOL By M.D. Schoettle
The article “In the Children’s World at School” by Marilyn Schoettle emphasizes the need to transform community members into adoption educators to foster a sensitivity that begins through the schools. Teachers know what is most appropriate for their class and must become an educator on adoption not only for the adopted child and his/her family, but for their classmates as well. The author outlines ideas for how to incorporate adoption into the classroom appropriately such as preparing for potential situations in advance.
http://www.adoptionsupport.org/pub/docs/IntheChildren05copyright.pdf

ADOPTED CHILDREN IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM By J.E. Stroud, C. James & L.M. Staley
This article outlines potential projects, activities and terms that teachers can use in their classes to emphasize the concept of diverse families as well as projects that may be sensitive for an adopted child. http://www.ericdigests.org/1999-3/adopted.htm

ADOPTION AWARENESS IN SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS By C. Mitchell
This is a booklet that serves as a guide for parents and educators regarding how to make assignments appropriate for all students including those who are adopted. Sample stories are provided with alternative assignments.  http://www.adoptionpolicy.org/Adoption_Awareness_Schools.pdf

ADOPTION AND SCHOOLS
This article focuses on how to explain adoption at different developmental stages and how to help educators understand foster care and adoption. http://ouradopt.com/content/adoption-and-schools

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED CHILDREN
This article focuses on how to explain adoption at different developmental stages and how to help educators understand foster care and adoption. http://ouradopt.com/content/adoption-and-schools

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOSTER KIDS
This website includes a list of popular scholarships offered to children in foster care. College Scholarships also provides a list of funds offered by specific states. Links to further information about each scholarship are highlighted within the text.
http://www.fc2success.org/programs/scholarships-and-grants/

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND TUITION WAIVERS
Child Welfare Information Gateway offers links to college scholarships and tuition waivers available to current and former foster youth.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/preplacement/adoption-assistance/educational-assistance/

NORTH AMERICAN COUNCIL ON ADOPTABLE CHILDREN COLLEGE TUITION WAIVER AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
The North American Council on Adoptable Children provides information about college tuition waivers and scholarship programs by state. Information regarding the Casey Family Programs and Orphan Foundation of America is included along with a link to further research scholarship programs.
http://www.nacac.org/adoptionsubsidy/factsheets/tuition.html

 

Social/Emotional

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATION / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL ISSUES
Articles and website relating to Social and Emotional Issues address trauma, transitions, attachment, bonding and more.

HELPING YOUR FOSTER CHILD TRANSITION TO YOUR ADOPTED CHILD
This publication describes how to help your foster child transition to your adopted child.
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_transition.pdf

PARENTING TO CREATE A SENSE OF SAFETY
By P. Hughes
This publication provides parents with insight into the emotions that may impact their adopted child’s behavior. The article provides techniques parents can use to ensure that their adopted child feels safe.
http://hopecounselingcenter.net/article4.htm

EMOTIONAL ISSUES AND ADOPTION
This article provides information regarding loss and separation, development of identity, and other emotionally laden topics that may
be related to adoption.
http://www.adoptionservices.org/raising_your_child_family/adoption_emotional_issues.htm
ATTACHMENT AND BONDING CENTER OF OHIO (ABC)
This site provides information regarding working with families who have children with attachment difficulties.
http://www.abcofohio.net/

HOW TO FIND A THERAPIST
How to find a Therapist provides general information on therapy, information on psychologists that specialize in foster care and adoption, and a directory of local therapists in Westchester County.
Click here for more information.

US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children & Families Child Welfare Information Gateway
This link provides general information about therapy and finding a therapist skilled in adoption.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
This therapy directory provides a list of adoption therapists in Westchester County. Enter your zip code. On the next page, refine your search by clicking the “More” bullet under “Issues” in the left column. Your local providers will be listed.
http://therapists.psychologytoday.com

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
This website can provide information regarding psychologists who specialize in foster care and adoption.
http://locator.apa.org

 

Special Considerations

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATION / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION SOCIAL EMOTIONAL / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

CULTURAL IDENTITY

TRANSRACIAL AND TRANSCULTURAL ADOPTION, BY THE NATIONAL ADOPTION INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE
This article provides information preparing for a transracial or transcultural adoption and promoting emotional health.
http://transracial.adoption.com/interracial/introduction-to-transracial-or-transcultural-adoption.html

ADOPTIVE PARENTS MAGAZINE: SEVEN TRANSRACIAL PARENTING MISTAKES By W. Garrett
This article details seven transracial issues and misconceptions that adoptive parents should know about.
http://affcny.org/family-supports/transracial-transcultural/voices-of-parents/7-common-transracial-parenting-mistakes/

PACT, AN ADOPTION ALLIANCE
Dedicated to providing adoption-related information to children of color, their birth parents, and their adoptive parents.
http://www.pactadopt.org

PARENTING THE OLDER ADOPTED CHILD

LIFELONG ISSUES IN ADOPTION: WORKING WITH OLDER ADOPTEES (pp 45-53), by D.N. Silverstein & S. Kaplan
The authors describe seven issues that the birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptive child must address.
http://fairfamilies.org/newsfromfair/1999/99LifelongIssues.htm

“WHAT WE WISH WE HAD KNOWN”
An adoptive mother and adopted daughter share lessons learned about other child adoption.
http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=571

US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
This link provides information regarding adopting older children.

PARENTING ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS: UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATING THEIR JOURNEYS By Gregory C. Keck, Ph.D
Gregory C. Keck is an adoptive parent, adoptive expert and psychologist. In this book, he offers new insights and parenting strategies particularly related to adopted adolescents.

PARENTING YOUR ADOPTED OLDER CHILD, By Brenda McCreight
Brenda McCreight is a family and children’s therapist, specializing in adoption and special needs. In addition she has adopted seven older children. This book provides an overview of issues that older child adoption may bring to the family.

BENEATH THE MASK: UNDERSTANDING ADOPTED TEENS By Debbie Riley
Debbie Riley, M.S. is Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. and is a practicing Marriage and Family therapist, focusing on adolescent mental health. Since 1993, her focus has been in the field of adoption, creating C.A.S.E, a nationally  recognized non-profit adoptive family support center. This book outlines concerns and strategies for helping adopted teens work through their adoption related adolescent identity issues.

ADOPTING THE OLDER CHILD By Claudia Jewett
Claudia Jewett is an MSW with extensive experience as a social worker. She and her husband adopted 16 older kids. This book explains what is in store for those who decide to open their hearts to a waiting child.

For Foster and Adopted Adolescents and Children

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATION / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONSOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / WRAP LENDING LIBRARY

SITES FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED CHILDREN

REPRESENT
A magazine written by youth for youth, providing inspiration and information to teens in foster care.
http://www.representmag.org

YCTEEN
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people’s lives.
http://www.ycteenmag.org

WRAP lending library

Other Resources:
GENERAL ADOPTION INFORMATION / LOCAL ADOPTION ORGANIZATIONS / LEGAL INFORMATION / SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION / SOCIAL EMOTIONAL / SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS / FOR FOSTER AND ADOPTED ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN

Westchester’s Resource for Adoption Program maintains a free lending library at WIHD. Please contact the library at (914) 493-2900 or by email at WRAP@WIHD.org to make sure the library is open when you would like to visit. Below is a sample listing of books and other resources relating to the topics of foster care and adoption that are available in our lending library.

 

Contact

PHONE:  914-493-2900
EMAIL: WRAP@WIHD.org

Location

Cedarwood Hall
Valhalla, NY
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