I am a Dad.
I became a father about three and a half years ago by adopting a little girl in my immediate community that needed a mom and a dad. My wife and I had looked at adopting internationally but ultimately decided that there was so much need in our own backyard that we would grow our family through social services. My wife and I started out as foster parents and ultimately segued into finalising.
Being engaged in the that community and gaining so much from it, my wife and I began to think it would be a good idea to give back to it. There are few online resources that are dedicated to supporting parents of children who were in the foster system. About a week ago we acquired traumaadoption.org, com, and net with the intent of cobbling together a site rather quickly. In comes Drupal.
Using Drupal core, contributed modules, and a contributed theme, my wife and I (in the evenings) put the site together in about a week. One of our goals was to get the site ready for November 1 because November is National Adoption Awareness Month in the United States.
The site is a simple concept. It provides:
- Forums for discussion on Adoption Issues relating to adopting older kids
- Listings of books that are helpful in raising kids who were adopted at an older age
- Listings of resources that might be helpful
- And ultimately there will be a listing of adoption services
The goal of the site is simple–A Virtual Support Group for parents to share a common experience in dealing with the adoption of traumatized kids.
If you are the parent of a child adopted a little later in life. If you are the parent of a kid who you adopted from social services. If your kid was traumatized before he or she came into your life, If you are a parent looking for other parents with similar experiences-TraumaAdoption.org may provide you with sounding board and a support system.
Over next weeks and months we will continue to work on the site improving its functionality and usability. My hope is that it becomes a dynamic and vibrant community.
Written by: Creech