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Caring for Older Youth in Foster Care and Beyond

DATE: December 5, 2019
Imagine… Who would you call if your car broke down, or you needed a ride to school/or work? Who would you call if you needed money to pay a bill or a place to sleep? Who would you call to ask for life advice? Did you imagine your parents or your best friend? Your pastor? […]

Therapeutic Residential Home | Caring for Hoyleton's Youth

DATE: November 22, 2019
“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.” What makes a house a home? Is it the structure—a roof, four walls, windows, and a door? Or, is it the individuals who live within those walls creating memories together, and sharing the messiness and memories of life? The reality […]

Foster Care Case Managers| Building Partnerships

DATE: November 15, 2019
When individuals hear the words, social worker, their reaction tends to be positive. People, for the most part, view social workers as generous individuals. On the other hand, mention the word foster care case manager, and the reactions change and lean towards a feeling of distrust, if not outright, a sense of anger. Some individuals […]
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Perspectives From a Multiracial Family | Guest Blogger: Kirsten Peterson

DATE: November 8, 2019
Foster care. Adoption. These two words can invoke a myriad of emotions and questions as to how best care for children who need a place to call home. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, reported 437,000 children in foster care for fiscal year 2018.1 As 2018, one-third […]

Kinship Care: A Guide for Grandparents

DATE: July 29, 2019
There are a wide range of circumstances that can leave older adults in charge of their grandchildren’s care. Whether the situation was sudden or gradual, older adults who are thrust into the position of the sole provider/caregiver for young relatives may feel lost or overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are many different resources to help the 100,000-plus […]

Recognizing and Reducing Signs of Trauma in Foster Youth

DATE: June 24, 2019
Protecting children from harm is often a shared goal among schools, communities, and entire nations; however, this isn’t always possible. Traumatic events vary, yet they all have the potential to deeply affect kids who have directly experienced them, or even witnessed them happening to others. Regardless of the specific situation, trauma can have a profound […]

Ways to Advocate for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care and In our Communities

DATE: June 7, 2019
Foster youth who are coming of age, are more likely than their peers to battle mental and/or behavioral health issues and encounter difficult issues like homelessness, unemployment and incarceration. Foster youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer are more likely to struggle with these challenges to an even greater degree. For all […]

How to Build Strong Sibling Bonds Between Biological & Foster Kids

DATE: May 31, 2019
Foster kids and biological children are brought together to become siblings under a variety of circumstances. When a foster parent receives a new placement, they view that child as their own for the duration that the child is with them. It is imperative for each child to get along and earn a mutual respect, appreciation […]

Three Ways Foster Families Make Their Homes a Welcoming Space

DATE: April 2, 2019
The uncertainty foster children experience can be difficult, even if they are used to the displacement, with constant moves from one living situation to the next. Although their stay is only temporary, there are a number of small things families can do that can have a big impact in making kids feel welcome and comfortable […]

Five Books That Help Foster Families

DATE: March 18, 2019
Every foster families’ story is different;  however, there are a number of situations – both positive and disappointing – that they are familiar with. To better understand and respond to various situation, many foster parents urn to available support, from social workers to therapists, and even books. So for National Reading Month this March, we’re […]

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