Sept. 28th, 2016
Weekly Chatter
Better Outcomes for Children in Open Adoptions
Research suggests that children in open adoptions have better psychosocial outcomes than those in semi-open and closed adoptions. In a recent study, researchers found that the best outcome for an adopted child is for adoptive parents and birth parents to jointly tell the story of adoption, when appropriate.
Communication between both the adoptive parents and the biological parents helps biological parents feel more secure since they are able to get to know more about the people raising their children.

The American College of Pediatricians affirms adoption as the best option for children who cannot be reared within their natural families.

For more information on the ACPeds stance on adoption, please read  Statement on Adoption , an ACPeds position statement that addresses the measures that should be taken to optimize the well-being of adopted children.
Time Sensitive Plea to Congress
Before the end of September, Congress must pass a bill to keep the government operational. In the meantime, funding for Sexual Risk Avoidance education hangs in the balance.

SRA education discusses the components of healthy relationships, future family formation and the effect that waiting for sex can have on academic success.

A recent CDC report revealed that nearly 60 percent of high school students today have never had sex - an increase of 28 percent since 1991.

When young people are aware of the many health risks associated with premarital sex, especially in adolescence, they are better equipped to make the right decision when it comes to engaging in sexual activity.

If you agree that American schools need more funding for Sexual Risk Avoidance education, please click here for more information on how to contact your Member of Congress. Click here for more information on SRA education.
Sensitive Parenting  # WeeklyBlogPost
Research shows that consistent sensitivity from parents has a positive influence on all domains of infant development. When parents strive to be sensitive to their infants, they inspire their infant to become the best they can be by fostering optimum development.

Click here for the research and helpful advice for parents and please, leave a comment! 

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