New Parent Support Groups Being Formed

Because COAC believes that parent support groups provide an excellent resource for adoptive parents, we are helping three new groups form in Texas. Areas where new groups are forming are HOUSTON, SAN ANGELO, and MIDLAND. Adoptive parents from these areas have come to the State Board expressing an interest in helping a group form in their areas. If you live in one of these areas, YOU can help get these groups together.

These parents are willing, but they NEED your help in getting the groups off the ground. If you can give any time, please contact Avril Suckow, State President and she will help you get in touch with the appropriate parents in your area.

Although support groups cannot provide a quick solution to any parenting challenge, they can help you feel less alone in dealing with a problem. They can provide a wealth of information from other parents about where to turn for help with any particular problem from their own experiences. They can give you courage and support in taking difficult steps that may be necessary for you. They can give you a feeling of empowerment that comes from taking constructive action on a problem rather than denying it or sitting around and feeling helpless about the problem. They can show that there are people who are willing to share their knowledge, experiences and feelings and they care about helping one another.

So If you are in these key areas, please call and help get the group going, You will benefit from the experience.

Did you know?

That a new law was enacted by the Texas Legislature during the last session that changes the law regarding children riding in cars? The law now states that a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet nine inches must be in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system. Don't break the law, keep your children in appropriate safety seats. The bill was passed without the Governor's signature and becomes law on September 1, 2009.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children seeks to provide ease of transition in the following areas: “Not only do military families deal with the challenges of extended time apart due to deployment,they also relocate frequently in support of our nation’s defense,” Perry said. “To smooth out the bumps that military dependents hit when they suddenly switch schools, SB 90 provides sensible changes that will enable the children of our hardworking service members to integrate rapidly into their new schools and keep pace academically instead of languishing under miles of red tape.”

SB 90 simplifies the transition process between schools by allowing hand-carried transcripts to be honored until official transcripts can be mailed from the sending schools, honoring courses taken at previous schools, and giving students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. These provisions are particularly useful in helping military children who transfer mid-year during high school graduate on-time.

The governor was joined by bill authors Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Charlie Geren along with Fort Hood families for the signing. Texas is home to more than 70,000 minor school-age dependents of active-duty military personnel, the second largest number of any state. Military families move between postings on a regular basis, with the average military student attending six to nine different school systems between kindergarten and 12th grade, and moving at least twice during high school.

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Last Updated May 1, 2009