Adoption & Foster Care
The focus of MAGIC’s Adoption & Foster Care initiative is to support adoptive and foster families and adoptees throughout the lifecycle of the adoption process.
Specifically, we have identified three areas of focus:
- Preparing Adoptive Families for Parenting
- Adjusting as a Family
- Education & Special Learning Needs
Preparing Adoptive Families for Parenting
The prospect of adopting a child can be both exciting and overwhelming. There are many different types of adoption and choices to be made in pursuing an adoption.
This Resource Guide is an introduction to the many pathways to building a family through adoption.
Learn the different types of adoption and find relevant resources including state laws governing adoption, choosing an agency or adoption services provider, completing the home study, being matched with a child, and completing the necessary legal documents.
Adjusting as a Family
Specialized Therapeutic Support
Our partnership with Holt International provides therapeutic services to adoptive and foster families in three unique ways. Take a look!
TBRI training: MAGIC Charities sponsored three foster families to attend a four-part series geared towards parents of children who have experienced early childhood trauma. TBRI® is built on the founding principles of Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting.
Therapy: MAGIC Charities has created an endowment to provide therapy services for several adoptive and/or foster families or adult adoptees that are uninsured or under-insured. We believe that supporting families throughout their adoption journey is critical to the success of the family as well as the individual adoptee. We want to help people access these important services, regardless of their financial situation.
Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp: For two years, MAGIC has sponsored TBRI-trained therapists to teach a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families during a three-day camp.
Education & Special Learning
The MAGIC Advocacy Program (MAP)
Educational advocacy is a way to ensure that all children have equitable access to education. This includes talking about pressing issues, influencing those with the power to make changes, educating parents and students on available resources, and so on.
We have focused our outreach efforts on organizations that provide support and services for foster families.
In addition, we have synergies with other strategic areas within MAGIC Charities to serve foster youth, such as The MAGIC Scholarship Fund, which gives special consideration to adoptive and foster family situations and advocacy efforts focused on regional, state, and Federal legislation to identify and implement changes that will benefit adoptive and foster youth.
In Bucks County, Bucks for Kids is an organization that provides various enrichment activities and “extras” needed for education, such as computers and application fees, for at-risk children and children in foster care in Buck County.
Visit Bucks County Children and Youth if you are interested in becoming a foster parent in Bucks County.
PA KinConnector provides guidance, advice, and support for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relative and non-relative Kinship Caregivers.
The Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association (PSRFA) with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has prepared this Resource Parent Manual for Pennsylvania’s families wishing to understand more about becoming involved in Foster Care.
According to the Administration of Children and Families, there are over 391,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States.
According to youth.gov, when youth “age out” of the child welfare system with limited connections or without the support of positive, caring adults, they may have an increased risk of facing challenges in the future.