Archive for July, 2010

WACAP Placed Families Update – June 2010

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dear Placed Families,
Summer is here! If your vacation plans are bringing you to the Pacific Northwest, we hope you’ll stop by our office and pay us a visit!

Have you ever been to the Success Stories page of the WACAP Web site? This page showcases adoptive families’ success stories in their own words to demonstrate the power of adoption to prospective parents. We know you’ve got great adoption stories to tell, and we hope you’ll share them with others! If you’re interested in appearing on the Success Stories page, submit your story here. Also, don’t forget to join our WACAP families Facebook group!

As a reminder, if you’ll be in the Seattle area on Saturday, August 14, we hope you’ll join us for our annual Kids Day event! This celebration full of fun and family at Woodland Park hosts about 500 guests and is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. Keep an eye on our Web site for a registration form, coming soon.

Tips From the WACAP Social Services Department
Are you wondering if you’ll ever get a good night’s sleep again? Sleep issues are often adoptive parents’ number-one concern, especially in the first few months after their child comes home. Here are some tips that may help you get some shut eye.

Classes and Seminars
Heart of the Matter Seminars is offering a new online adoption webinar entitled “A Different Kind of Discipline.” The course focuses on why traditional discipline techniques don’t work on internationally adopted children and helps parents identify techniques that will be more effective. The course is offered on July 7 at 7 p.m. CDT, and the cost is $15.

The BG Center Online School is a collection of post-adoption learning materials compiled and offered by professionals who work with internationally adopted children on a daily basis as psychologists, researchers, therapists and speech/language pathologists. This fantastic resource features online courses and a rich library of adoption-related articles, among other things. We encourage you to check it out!

This summer, children ages 14 and under will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million

times for serious injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes,

pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards. In the injury prevention community, summer

is also known as ‘trauma season’ because of the dramatic increase in the number of children

injured from May through August. Sadly, by the end of this summer, more than 2,000 children

will die because of injuries that could have been prevented.”

Caregivers should keep these tips in mind so safety stays a top priority this summer:

 Actively supervise your child when engaging in summertime activities, such as swimming

and playing on playgrounds and backyards.

 Use the appropriate safety gear for your child’s activities, such as a helmet for wheeled

sports and sporting activities, a car seat or booster seat as appropriate, and a life jacket for

open water swimming and boating.

 Role model proper safety behavior. Children are more likely to follow safety rules when

they see their parents doing so.

 If you have a pool or a spa, it should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least four

feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates, and it should be equipped with an antientrapment

drain cover and safety vacuum release system. An inflatable pool needs to be

surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool, and caregivers need to empty these pools

when not in use.

 Make sure your home playground is safe. Keep 12 inches safe surfacing, such as mulch,

shredded rubber or fine sand, extending at least six feet in all directions around the equipment.

Remove hood and neck drawstrings from your child’s clothing.

 Install window guards/locks and keep furniture away from windows.

 Remove potential poisons from your yard, including poisonous plants, pesticides and pool


All that you need to know about Antiques

posted by Karen Hood
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Antiques : A Basic Guide by Karen Jean Mastko Hood

An antique is usually defined as an object of considerable age valued for its aesthetic or historical significance. In the antique business world, the term refers to objects more than 100 years old.
It is collected or desirable because of its age(see definition), beauty, rarity, condition, utility, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era in human society.
Most of us love Antiques, but hardly know a much about them, It requires a through attention to details while choosing one to buy.

Author Karen Jean Matsko Hood has been involved with studying antique collections for over 30 years. She currently owns Karen’s Collectors Cottage, Inc. & Art Gallery, which specializes in all things collectible, including antique, vintage, and modern collectible items. The treasures of today will become the antiques of the next generation.
Antiques, A Basic Guide is filled with fascinating information, facts, and pointers about antiques, including types of antiques, the value of antiques, and the most popular antiques. This is a book you will enjoy having on your library shelf, and is a great book to give to friends and family.

You can buy your copy here

Electronic Formats also available for Purchase here