Foster Parenting Tips

Spend Summer at Ease: Start with a Routine – Foster Parents Article

At the end of the school year, kids can be brimming with excitement – their thoughts wandering towards summer break as they sign each other’s yearbooks and daydream about their newfound freedom. The assignments and projects and homework has piled on for months, and it’s suddenly gone!  For some, there are lots of exciting activities to fill this void, but for foster youth things can be different. At the end of the school year resource parents might wonder: how do…

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True Story: The Nurtured Heart Approach® and Me – Foster Parents Article

Lenore Bonilla, embrella’s Support Services Manager, shares her experiences with The Nurtured Heart Approach® Grounded.  That’s a word I became very familiar with in high school.  No, I don’t mean grounded as in “realistic” – I mean grounded as in punished, sent to my room, cut off from friends or from my computer.  I wasn’t a bad kid, really, but there were certain rules I was bad at following.  Mostly, it was my chores, and specifically, it was mowing the…

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Mindfulness for Foster Parents – embrella Blog – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes our day to day activities can feel like too much. From packing lunches to dropping the kids off at school to arriving at work on time, it often seems as though there isn’t a moment to breathe. But it’s when we have the least amount of time to pause that this pause matters the most.  Mindfulness practices allow us to cultivate space before we react to a stressor like our misplaced keys, a caseworker’s disagreeable statement, or our child…

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Can I Claim My Foster Child On My Taxes – Foster Parents Article

You’re a new foster parent. You attended the orientation, filled out all of the proper paperwork, went through every inspection process and took all of the appropriate training. You waited longer than expected but finally have a foster child in your home. You’ve found out this new world of fostering is extremely rewarding, and the idea of providing a loving home for a child in need has made your life richer. Your foster child has been in your home for…

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Top 5 Foster Care New Year’s Resolutions – Foster Parents Article

It’s not easy to be a foster parent, but embrella is here to help. If you find yourself wondering how you can prepare for another year in fostering, this list of our top 5 Foster Care New Year’s Resolutions will point you in the right direction. It’s not just about taking on more responsibility or accepting new children into your home – to make 2018 an even better year for children in New Jersey foster care, we want to make…

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