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The Beauty: Breaking the Cycle of Trauma – Foster Parents Article

As I spoke about in the previous blog, the cycle of abuse and trauma can seem unbreakable. The constant relapse into old behavior and the cycle of seeking emotional relief from all of the wrong things seems daunting and so well-forged into our psyche that it cam seem impossible to change. The cycle of trauma and abuse is a pattern that typically follows the same steps each time:  Life gets complicated and stress begins. Stress continues to build, feelings of…

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The Hard: The Challenges of Aging Out of Care – Foster Parents Article

As most youth approach their 18th birthday, they are excited about new independence. As an “adult”, they may feel ready to make their own decisions, but they also know they can still rely on their family for their support. For youth in foster care, turning 18 is most often overwhelming. The services and guidance they have relied on, can easily come to an end. Without legal permanency, these young adults find themselves faced with the possibility of not having the…

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Fearlessly Me – Foster Parents Article

Be Fearless: Women Empowerment Event from the perspective of a child in foster care: The women empowerment event I went to was great, I love how they just encouraged the girls to be who they are and not hide who they are. Dimon was a great example- when people call you names or make fun of you it’s because you aren’t scared to show yourself. You don’t have to be like everybody else or have the same exact dream everybody…

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Parenting Wins: You are Enough – Foster Parents Article

I had sensed something was going on for a while. There were two solid weeks of behavior upticks and comments being made. Then, after a counseling appointment, we drove home, I shut off the car, and I asked the question, “What’s really going on?” At first, the response was dismissive, “Nothing.” Then I did some digging. I mentioned the comments that had been made about being adopted. I noticed the connection to “Meet the Robinsons” and the comment about wanting…

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Parenting Wins – Connect with Others   – Foster Parents Article

When we first became foster parents we were fairly confident. We had no reason not to be. At the time, we had two children who seemed to be doing just fine. We had a lot of support with family from both sides near and active in our lives. We thought all we needed to do was give a child a safe place to land and a lot of love and everything would be just fine. Then, we were in it.…

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Parenting Wins – Showing Up – Foster Parents Article

Too often, we as parents, find our value and worth based on whether or not our kids are winning. Are they excelling in school? Are they amazing in art? Are they hitting a home run literally and even figuratively? Do they show the values and morals of our family when we’re there and even when we’re not? To make it more personal, too often I have struggled with finding my value as a parent based on how good my kids…

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Parenting Wins – Value Mistakes – Foster Parents Article

I remember having a conversation with one of my friends when I was a young adult. They talked about how their parents never fought. I remember thinking how nice that would have been to live in a house where there was never conflict and never arguments. I, on the other hand, grew up in a family that had regular conflict with strong personalities to boot. The older I have gotten the more I value the conflict and the more I…

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Parenting Wins – Stuff is Stuff – Foster Parents Article

OK, this sounds like a really stupid win. Stuff is stuff…what does that even mean? To me personally, it is big point of struggle and growth. When you are dealing with kids who have gone through challenges and trauma, that trauma can come through in a lot of different ways. One way it rears it’s head is through destruction of property. I have debated sharing this parenting win as it is one of those foster care perceptions I struggle with.…

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The Beauty: Watching a Child Heal from Trauma – Foster Parents Article

We sat in the courtroom while the judge, caseworkers, and attorneys debated what to do with this girl. They listed all the things that had taken place to get us here. She was now in a group home that wasn’t working out; it was her 4th placement in 2 years. My heart broke and my mind filled with questions about how we could do this. Could we take her in? I looked at my husband and we both knew we…

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5 Essentials You Need to Prep Your Home for Foster Care – Foster Arizona – Foster Parents Article

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