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Why is my tween acting like a much younger child?

June 13, 2024

Adoptive parents may experience anxiety when unusual behavior appears in their adopted adolescent child. But it’s common. As long as the journey is more forward than backward, you’re moving in the right direction.

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Faith for the long journey

June 13, 2024

There are no guarantees when raising children, and I've learned to let go of some of my expectations and love my children no matter what.

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When kids aren’t ready to receive your love

June 13, 2024

While you may be drawn to fostering to love a child, please realize some kids aren’t ready to be loved—not by a stranger.

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Did you really just say that?

June 12, 2024

Just because I work in foster care didn’t make it easier when strangers made comments to or about my family, but I found it helpful to have a ready response. Here are five I often used to diffuse an awkward or insensitive comment.

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6 ways to look out for your kids when you're fostering

June 11, 2024

Our kids saw foster care as exciting—Yay! A new brother or sister!—but they soon realized there was more to it than that. Our life as a family flipped upside down with each new placement, so we followed these guidelines to make sure our kids were not overwhelmed.

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Preparing your kids to become a foster family

June 11, 2024

Talk honestly with your children about what foster care is and how having another child in your home will affect them.

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Love is not enough, but it does not fail

May 15, 2024

As a first-time adoptive parent, Dr. Kimberly Offutt had an idealistic vision of what “happily ever after” would look like. As a foster care worker, she knew the need was great for teens with trauma history, and she thought she was ready. But love, it turns out, does not undo a child’s deep wounds.

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What do strong families need to thrive?

March 27, 2024

Strong families need what we all need—to be safe, loved, and connected. Especially in difficult times. Five protective factors contribute to stronger families.

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Finding Francisca's family

March 19, 2024

Follow Isaac Agyei, a dedicated caseworker in Ghana. His unwavering commitment to reuniting children, like 8-year-old Francisca, with their families is strengthening families and protecting children.

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We're in this together

November 21, 2023

When Maria attended a Parent Café, she realized the value of being heard, understood, and supported by other parents. Parent Cafés are designed to create transformative conversations, promote well-being, and build strong families. Led by parents for parents, these support groups provide a space for sharing information, teaching parenting skills, and fostering connection.

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