Thursday, August 29, 2013


The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is sponsoring a foster/adoptive parent training seminar on Saturday, October 5 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York.

The following is a list of workshops they'll be offering.

  • A Parent's Perspective on Living with Attachment Issues
  • Foster Fathering
  • The Unique Challenges Faced by Relative Caregivers
  • No More Drama: Positive Communication Skills for Parents of Teens
  • Making Sense of a Youth Coming Out as LGBT/Q While Maintaining Your Sanity and Sense of Humor
  • Fear and Control
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse Part I
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse Part II

Participants can get a PDF of workshop descriptions and registration form emailed to them by contacting us at You can also register for the event by clicking here. Registration ends soon so don't put this on the back burner!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Have you ever wished that you could have a cool, hip dude come in to your home and mentor your teen? Ya know, tell them about personal responsibility and making good decisions...and they might actually listen?

Photo courtesy of

Well it's your lucky day!

We here at Children Awaiting Parents are huge supporters of teen motivational speaker, Josh Shipp. He doesn't send us money or ask us to post anything - we just think he is one awesome guy (this is not the first time we've written about him) who does a lot for our youth and we want everyone to be aware of his programs. Below is a clip of him giving a "graduation speech" to those teens who graduated in 2013.

Josh offers up his advice in an approach he refers to as "in your face, but on your side." In his online mentoring program, your teen will receive a weekly video directly from Josh, on everything from taking responsibility to earning your parent's trust. His speeches are direct, entertaining, funny and enjoyable. And for $19 a month and the option to cancel at anytime, you really have nothing to lose. Josh was a former foster child so his advice can hit home with a lot of the children we serve, as well as those youth who have not spent time in foster care.

Friday, August 23, 2013


Mariana is a sweetheart who waits for her forever family. A focused soccer player, she enjoys showing off her natural athletic abilities.

Want to learn more about Mariana? Click here to visit her page on our website!

Photograph by Lori Griffith

Thursday, August 22, 2013


We here at CAP know that families come in all shapes and sizes and recently, we came across a great story about a little lamb who found healing and friendship with his adopted family. You can read the story about Mark, the little lamb healed by family, here.

Not Mark but still cute! This photo is courtesy of