Family Services Index
- For Daddies Only
- Sister 2 Sister
- Chat N Chill
- Respite Care
- Kids’ Night Out
- Teen Konnection
- Specialized Family Services
- Family Outreach Services
- Friends of Black Children Conference
- Annual Staff and Family Beach Retreat
Tips for Social Workers, GAL, Court & Child Advocates
You hold the keys to the future of so many children. The decisions you make on a daily basis can and often have far reaching impact in the lives of children, teens and their families. You have at your disposal a number of public and private agencies to refer children in your care for services. Working in partnership with agencies, families and other providers has its challenges; yet, it also has its rewards.Through the years, we have been frequently asked-
- How do you (Another Choice) find families for older children and teens?
- How do you keep the placements intact?
- How do you provide post adoption services on a "shoe string budget?
- How do you recruit Black men to become adoptive parents?
- How do you find families to adopt siblings?
We provide training and will be glad to share our model with you. Training/workshops can be designed to meet your needs.
The guiding principles provide the foundation of our work with families.
How to Recruit, Support, and Maintain Adoptive and Foster Parents
- Treat Every Family With Respect
- Give Families More Than They Expect
- Tell Families What They Can Expect and What You Expect
- Be Honest About What You Can and Cannot Do
- Stop The Bait and Switch Routine
- Keep Things Simple
- Find The Good In Everybody
- Show Some Compassion
- Give The Facts In Ways The Family Can Understand
- Be Human
- Bring Some Humor To The Process
- Rejoice Over the Small Stuff
- Keep It Real
- Keep Your Word
- Ask For Help
- Anticipate Their Needs
- Turn Challenges into Opportunities
- Be Prayerful
- Think Outside The Box
- Stay Connected To Your Source
Building Our Program to Strengthen Our Community
Another Choice recognizes the importance of maintaining families, and has devoted several programs to this mission:
For Daddies Only
The For Daddies Only program, which was a component of the federal grant - RESPECT, takes very seriously its role of support, recruitment, and maintenance of families. This group of African American men is composed of adoptive parents dedicated to sharing a positive adoption message with the community. Daddies Only provides a time for the “brothers” to hang out and support one another. These dads enjoy a number of activities - such as breakfasts, music, and fellowship. The Four Pops are an outgrowth of this group. In June 2000, they released their first CD which focuses upon the benefits of adoption. Their current CD release “When God Gave Me You” is receiving attention in Charlotte media outlets, as well as in other areas of the state.
Sister 2 Sister
Sister 2 Sister – Adoptive and prospective moms whose roles parallel that of the Daddies Only group. This program was created, designed, orchestrated, and intended to make the adoptive moms "feel like a queen." Yes, we too, like to have fun. The sky is the limit for the Sisters- Manicures, pedicures, relaxation techniques, facials. You name it…we have probably done it.
Chat N Chill
Chat N Chill - A program that connects the whole family. Before problems develop, a staff member will arrange to visit your home to talk about issues. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where everyone can be heard and work with the family to find solutions. Generally, we have to make several visits before the situation is resolved, so coming around dinner time helps us think more clearly.
Respite Care - An extension of the Kids Night Out program, Another Choice offers temporary and emergency respite services provided by approved relatives or individuals selected by the family and licensed foster home providers. The respite is for parents, not the children. We recognize that adopting older children can be stressful at times. Therefore, we offer temporary --do you hear-- temporary respite. You must come back home. Actually, this is to provide parents a much needed break. This service has proven invaluable in keeping adoptive families intact.
Kids’ Night Out
Kids’ Night Out – A supplement to the parental respite program. Kids' Night Out is a monthly sleepover geared to adopted children and their siblings ages 6- 12, on the first weekend of the month. This program is designed to encourage bonding, positive self-worth and present diverse cultural experiences. The children stay from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. There are lots of activities, food, entertainment and fun, fun, fun!
Teen Konnection - An entire weekend for our teenagers. Yes, it is solely about them. The teens help to plan the weekend activities. Sometimes, they may be seen taking in a cultural arts experience or just having plain fun. While this weekend gives the teens and their family a break, it also provides opportunities for some "rap groups" about life’s situations. It also provides the teens with an opportunity to highlight some of their social, musical or academic skills.
Specialized Family Services
Specialized Family Services – The agency links families to various community organizations and providers for an array of services such as tutoring, mentoring, therapy, medication administration and management. We network with public agencies to assist families in utilizing the vendor payment to secure other services including specialized camps or specialized treatment.
Friends of Black Children Conference
This high energy annual conference has been described as " a revival, family reunion, a celebration, fantastic training opportunity, and a spiritual spa. There is something for everyone. Workshops geared for parents, social workers and child advocates. A teen conference featuring incredible speakers and workshops is held. And the conference offers age appropriate activities for children of all ages. It also serves as a recruitment event to match great children with waiting families. It's an experience that is beyond words.
Annual Staff and Family Beach Retreat
The Annual Staff and Family Beach Retreat provides an opportunity for adoptive parents to receive training, support, and develop relationships with other adoptive families. The children and teens enjoy planned activities. We also use it as a recruitment event to match waiting children with prospective families.