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Why is my tween acting like a much younger child?

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.

Faith for the long journey

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.

Love is not enough, but it does not fail

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.

Fostering is just being part of our family

Will and Colleen don’t do anything halfway. So when they said yes to foster parenting, it changed their whole lives.

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What is HOMEBUILDERS®?

Families should remain together whenever it's safe to do so.

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Parent Cafés: We're all in this together

When parents are isolated without community, they miss an essential element their children need to thrive: connection. Parent Cafés are a growing movement to give parents the support they need for their families to grow stronger.

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A small part of a beautiful story

As a Safe Families for Children host, Amber explains how and why her family supported a mom facing a crisis by giving her son a temporary safe place to stay.

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“My biggest fear was losing my son”

The care and support of Safe Families for Children volunteers helped a young single mom safely parent her son.

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We're in this together

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.

In it for the long haul: Stacey’s foster parenting story

As a youth basketball coach, Stacey was skilled at making connections with teens. And she realized she could naturally transition her coaching skills to provide care and opportunities for teens as a foster parent.

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