Help parents be a confident and healing voice in their child’s life, through an age appropriate, first of its kind, trauma informed, empowering guide.
Why this Matters
Kids process their history best in the day to day life of families, with confident and empowered parents.
However, families are often not trained to have these conversations as kids grow.
Thus, feel out of their depth, so tend to share too much or not enough about the harder part of the Child’s history, leading to feelings of overwhelm or secrecy.
Empowering to parents
Lifelong Impact on Kids
You’ll Want to Get Involved
Its exciting to create something that SHOULD exist in the world, but doesn’t yet.
We want to partner with:
- Foster youth
- Child psychologists
- Social workers
- Birth parents
- Foster parents
- Adoptive Parents
- Invested community members
IN order to:
- Help Parents Share The Right Amount
- Understand Their Responsibility
- Keep Families Together
- Build Strong Kids
Help Parents Share The Right Amount
Two of the most important challenges parents confront are how to share adoption information with their children, and how to help them understand… the implications of being adopted.
David M Brodzinsky
Understand Their Responsibility
David M Brodzinsky
Keep Families Together
Families who are comfortable talking about adoption-related issues are 18% more likely to stay together.
Selwyn, Wijedasa + Meakings
Build Strong Kids
(Kids) who know (their) stories… do better on virtually every measure we have examined: higher self esteem, social competence, and academic competence; lower depression, anxiety, and aggressive behaviors; and a higher sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Some Tough Topics
- Adoption Disruption
- Adoptive Parent Infertility
- Alcoholism/Drug Addiction
- Conceived through Incest
- Conceived through Rape
- Death of sibling or parent – illness/accident
- Death of sibling or parent – homicide/suicide
- Domestic Violence of Parents
- Emotional Abuse
- Foster Care – Abuse while in Care
- Foster Care – General
- Harm during pregnancy
- Jail/Criminal History
- No contact/No information/Missing Information/Not enough contact
- Parental Mental Health
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Siblings placed elsewhere
- Unknown Birth Father
Importance of Position: We are dreaming of creating a unique resource for foster and adoptive parents (and by extension their children). Parents can be embarrassed and awkward when talking to their children about the rough spots in their child’s history. We are creating an age-appropriate, trauma-informed, first-of-its-kind guide to parents through even the hardest of conversations.
- Desire to support POWER OF STORY’s mission, to provide person-centered support for fostered youth and adoptees by advocating for their access to information, the training of parents and professionals, hands-on support for young people, and the completion of Lifebooks and Social Medical Histories.
- Interest in developing new curriculum/guide
- Education around child psychology, therapy, social work, education, curriculum design, or
- Lived experience as a foster youth, adoptee, birth, foster or adoptive parent, or
- Professional experience as a child psychologist, therapist, social worker, educator
Reports to: Other workgroup members
- Maintain a respectful relationship with clients, staff, and other volunteers
- Brainstorm ways this guide could function
- Conceptualize and create text, scripts, examples
- Collaborate with leadership team to determine project scope and timeframe
- Other duties as assigned
Compensation: no financial compensation, but lots of benefits (see below)
Benefits of Volunteering:
- Give back to youth and young people.
- Connect with others who are also passionate about this work.
- Volunteering is good for your mind and body.
- Volunteering provides career experience + teaches valuable job skills.
- Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.
Volunteer Shifts: Bi weekly 2-hour meetings
Commitment: At least 3 months (expected April 2022 – June 2022)
Next Steps: Join us for a 30-minute virtual information session to learn about the volunteer workgroup, ask your questions and see if it’s the right place for you to get involved.
Contact us with questions!