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Best Movies About Kids in Foster Care and Adoption – Foster Parents Article

One of the best ways to talk to children is to use characters in a movie as the discussion starter. Asking kids how they see similarities in their lives and those of the characters in the film can provide insights into how kids see their lives in the foster care system or as adopted children in a family. Below are some of the best movies on foster care and adoption for children of all ages. Watching these with your kids…

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Understanding The Do’s And Don’ts of Trauma Care – Foster Parents Article

An increasing awareness of the response to trauma has led to more trauma-informed training for foster caregivers, for children in foster care. These caregivers specific do’s and don’ts assist children with a history of trauma to adjust to life in a new and strange situation. Traumatic events, which are outside the normal experience, creates a stress response in the children, causing reactions that may display as challenging behaviors. Trauma is a psychological and distressing event that has happened to a…

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids – Foster Parents Article

Play is essential to a child’s development. It helps them build a sense of self-worth as they find out what their abilities and boundaries are. Participating in games also teaches them social skills, which will come in handy in life later. What Play Can Do Encouraging kids to play can help improve their language skills, emotions, and creativity. It also improves the way they interact and connect or relate with others. By using play, you can nurture the child’s imagination…

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Dream it. Learn it. Do it. Resources for Children in Foster Care Who Want to Go to College. – Foster Parents Article

The lack of financial as well as emotional support put youth in foster care at a disadvantage. While many of these kids dream of going to college and landing a good job after, only about 10% will end up enrolling in a degree or vocational certificate program. Out of that 10%, only 26% will graduate. If you want to help children in foster care achieve their dreams of getting a college degree, here’s what you can do. Know the Situation…

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A Message for Future Foster Parents – Foster Parents Article

In May of 1988, President Ronald Reagan began what has become the recognized celebration of National Foster Care Month in the United States. There are three main focuses for this month, including increasing the awareness of foster care, inspiring people to become more active in the life of children in foster care and to develop ways to support these initiatives throughout the year. One of the most important focuses of every year’s National Foster Care Month is increasing the motivation…

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The Legacy of Foster Families – Foster Parents Article

Children come into the foster care system at some of the most difficult times in their lives. They are often emotionally traumatized and may have difficulty in accepting that there are loving people in the world that just want them to have the best possible in life. They are also often physically injured, with broken bones, broken spirits and broken hopes of every being around people who were safe and caring. Most of these children have experienced difficulties that would…

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Why Being a Foster Parent is Rewarding – Foster Parents Article

Why Being a Foster Parent is Rewarding “Parenting, by its very nature, is future directed,” Emily Rapp says in her book, The Still Point of the Turning World, a grief memoir, as The New York Times calls it. That’s true for most parents, but what about when you care for a child in foster care? Could You be a Foster Parent? For some, the question of whether or not they can foster kids with special needs may be an easy…

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Helping Children in Foster Care with Depression – Foster Parents Article

Studies show that there is a higher incidence of mental and health problems in children in foster care, with many having an increased risk of ADHD, asthma, and depression. If you are caring for a child in foster care, here’s how you can provide help. Get a Handle on the Situation There is no easy fix for depression, and trying to sweep it under the rug or ignoring the problem isn’t going to make it go away. You’ll want to…

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Top 5 Books for Foster Parents – Foster Parents Article

Growing up is already hard enough. You have teenage crushes, pimples, hormones, and math to deal with. These things can be a lot to handle. But imagine if you’re a child in foster care and you’ve been placed in a house with strangers. That’s going to be a lot to take on. That could be what your child will feel once they get placed with you. Fortunately, authors have written tremendously on this situation, providing parents insight on what to…

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Helping Children in Foster Care with Self-Esteem – Foster Parents Article

Building self-esteem can be a tricky issue. Simply praising a child is not going to be enough, and overpraising can do more harm than good. Children in foster care often struggle with self-esteem for various reasons. They may lack stability in their lives, be dealing with abandonment issues, or are frustrated by their financial situation. However, foster parents can have a significant impact on their children’s self-esteem. Educate Yourself The first step to helping children in foster care improve their…

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