April 13, 2011

When Your Child Gets Teased

The following information is from Love and Logic Institute, Inc...

Does teasing end when kids graduate from elementary school? Does it stop when they move on from middle to high school? Does it magically disappear when we become adults? Or is it sadly true that most of us will encounter bullies throughout our lifetimes?

Because we can't ensure that the world will always be sweet and kind to our kids, common sense tells us that we ought to equip them with skills that allow them to cope with this sometimes less-than-considerate world. Listed below are some quick tips:

- Teach them that bullies get their power from our negative emotions. The more upset we get when picked on, the more powerful mean kids feel.

- Show your child how to trick bullies by pretending to be calm. If our children can learn to act calm when bullies hassle them, they become far less attractive targets.

- Teach your child to confuse or bewilder bullies by responding to verbal taunts with replies like, "Thanks for noticing" or "I appreciate the feedback."

Help your child develop great social skills so that they are liked, accepted, and protected by positive peers. Kids who don't know how to relate in healthy ways often find themselves gravitating toward peers who treat them poorly.

Dr. Charles Fay

**For more resources on how to teach your child to cope with Bullying, contact your regional APAC office!

April 11, 2011


Below are the links to two scholarship venues for older youth adopted from foster care, supported by the Dave Thomas Foundation – the first is in partnership with Capital One and Children’s Action Network, and the second is in partnership with SlateXP and Umps Care Charities. Neither is deep with funding, so scholarships are limited, but they are at least additional opportunities for these youth!

Capital One Fostering a Future, a scholarship opportunity sponsored by Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Click here for more information.

Umps Care Charities All-Star Scholarship, sponsored by Umps Care Charities, Slate XP and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Click here for more information.

April 4, 2011

Adoptive Family Easter Egg Hunt!!

It's time for our 4th Annual Adoptive Family Egg Hunt! Bring your family and have a hopping good time! Come mix and mingle with adoptive families, while the children enjoy hunting for candy filled eggs, Easter games, crafts and snacks!

Meeting this Saturday, April 9!

Join us in Montgomery at Lagoon Park, Pavillions 4 & 5, 2635 Gunter Park, Montgomery, AL 36114, (next to Pete Peterson Park) from 10:00AM until 11:30AM

or Join us in Auburn at Parkway Baptist Church, 766 East University Drive, Auburn, AL 36830, from 2:00PM until 3:30PM

RSVP before April 7 by calling 334.409.9477 or emailing jhudson@childrensaid.org