As of today in October 2021, Justin is 5 and a half years old. Justin is a kind young boy who is not shy and develops relationships easily. Even though he is full of energy, he obeys instructions well. Justin has a big appetite and gets along well with his foster sister. He is currently in kindergarten and talks to his foster mother about his friends at school. He recently showed interest in Angry Birds, so his foster mother bought him a 50-piece puzzle. Justin was so excited to show the completed puzzle that he accidently knocked it over. He looked stunned and said ‘it was overturned’ with embarrassment, but with just a little encouragement, he was able to complete the puzzle a second time!
As of today, October 2021, Joanna is 4 years old. Joanna has a gentle personality. She likes to ask for hugs and often acts cutely for affection. She is not shy with strangers and has no stranger anxiety even when she is held by a stranger, or when her caregiver leaves the room temporarily.
Have you ever considered adopting an older child? Older children like Jason are still adorable, have many talents, and can have meaningful conversations!
As of today in October 2021, Jason is 7 and a half years old. He can ride a bike with two wheels, perform magic tricks, and is a talented basketball player. Jason is described as attentive and thoughtful. For example, he takes the initiative to care about others, especially his foster mother. Jason is not picky about food and performs daily self-care without needing assistance from caregivers. Although he is afraid of the dark, he sleeps soundly throughout the night. Jason likes going to school and states he has many good friends at school. We also hear he has high self-esteem.
We have an exciting new sibling announcement! Abel, who recently participated in our Virtual Superkids has a little sister, Allie, who is now waiting to find her forever home as well. Abel and Allie are currently living in separate foster homes, but it is understood that they will be placed together. We also have several photos and videos of Allie that we can’t share publicly, so keep reading to learn more about this sibling group and how to request their profile!
Gladney’s Superkids team has received more information about Addison, and we are excited to share some of her latest updates with you! We also have more photos and videos of Addison that we can’t share publicly, so keep reading to learn more about Addison and how to request her profile. [Read her previous advocacy post.]
Introducing.....Josie! Josie is about to celebrate her 6th birthday and in many ways is just like any other 6-year-old girl. We have several photos and videos of Josie that we can’t share publicly, so keep reading to learn more about Josie and how to request her profile.
Part 2 of a 2-part Reflection on Adoption and Foster Care:
Empowering Parents on Behalf of Their Young Children
Part 1 of the reflection on adoption and foster care addressed how to give older children a voice, when the court has determined that the child cannot be safely returned to their home. [Part One] Part 2 considers how to empower parents with young children in decision-making, in particular mothers who have struggled with drug dependency, when the state is ready to step in and remove the child. The parent may be continuing to have significant struggles with parenting a young child or may have delivered a drug-exposed infant. Often, this mother is overwhelmed and living a chaotic life, because of a chaotic childhood. People charged with helping the parent in establishing a safety plan may need to consider additional tools to help empower her, in conjunction with the usual state-system-safety-toolkit. This parent might be able to reflect on her own life, for answers in making decisions for her child. By helping her overlay her own childhood experiences and current situation onto her child’s future and allowing the parent to look at options outside of foster care, we can give the child a voice through the parent.
Name and Role: Megan Pleshek, LMSW, New Beginnings Caseworker
How long have you worked for Gladney?
I was an intern in the New Beginnings program from August 2019 to June 2020. I became a New Beginnings Caseworker in August 2020.