Got Holiday Stress? Three Resources for Foster and Adoptive Families

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Help With Navigating the Holidays

It’s that time of year!

The holidays create memories we can’t forget and sometimes, difficult moments and meltdowns we wish we could. Bringing days filled with excitement and emotion, anxiety and anticipation, this time of year can be stressful, no matter how it’s packaged. Here are a few WACAP resources to help foster and adoptive families during a sometimes taxing holiday season.

1. Free WACAP Webinar on Holiday Stress

“Holiday Stress in Fostered and Adopted Youth” / 4 p.m. Pacific / 7 p.m. Eastern – December 3, 2018

All of us can feel stressed around the holidays. This stress can be amplified by past trauma, and feelings of grief and loss for fostered and adopted children, especially the first year in a new home. This training will help participants identify holiday stress that children feel, create a healthy environment for the holidays, and address how to help adults and youth cope. Appropriate for both domestic and international foster or adoptive families. Sponsored by Coordinated Care, Apple Health Core Connections. Facilitated by WACAP Adoption Counselor, Zia Freeman, M.A., LMHC.

2. Collected Advice from WACAP Families

WACAP staff asked families they’ve worked with how they approach or navigate the holidays. Here’s a summary of advice from families, for families.

3. WACAP’s Online Support Group

WACAP’s private, moderated Parent Support Group offers advice and support for foster and adoptive families nationwide. The holidays are one of many times that families bring their questions and experience to this engaged and supportive Facebook community of parents, WACAP foster care and adoption staff, and social services professionals.

WACAP is committed to building strong families. If you have questions about WACAP support services, please contact us at

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WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 10,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.
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