AFFCF Blog

Keys to Success: Mo’s Journey – Foster Parents Article

Mo’s foster care story began in 2017 when he entered foster care at age 16. Like a lot of other kids in high school, he knew he wanted to attend college. Going into foster care threw him a curve ball he didn’t see coming.  Mo thought that people didn’t expect kids in foster care to succeed. From his point of view, everyone was waiting for him to fail.  “What are you doing?” “Don’t you know you’re going to fail?” These…

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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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Take an Arizona Staycation—3 Best Family-Friendly Resorts – Foster Parents Article

You do not have to spend a lot of money to have a fantastic vacation. In Arizona, there are dozens of options available to you to make a staycation possible. If you are looking for resorts or attractions, consider are 3 recommendations. Head to Sedona – Enchantment Resort Known for its beautiful red-rock colored features, this resort has something for every member of the family. The pool area is fantastic, and the spa can soothe away any of the frustrations…

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Choosing the Right School for Your Child – Foster Parents Article

It is never easy to choose a school for your child because of the wide range of options available. For some, the type of school matters. A charter school, magnet school, or even a private school are some options. Other parents want to use online public schools or homeschools. There is no wrong answer. It is important to consider a few other things when choosing a school for your child. What Makes it a Good Fit? Start with the features…

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Top 10 Kid-Friendly Arizona Summer Activities – Foster Parents Article

Arizona is a great place to spend the summer, and there are a wealth of kid-friendly activities to enjoy across the state. To get started, here are ten of the top attractions and activities to enjoy with kids, many of which are low or very low cost. 1. Trip to the Grand Canyon – the Grand Canyon is a fantastic outdoor place for anyone to visit, and there are lots of short hikes, day trips, and lookout points to gaze…

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Join Us In Our Annual AFFCF Backpack Drive – Foster Parents Article

Being a child in the foster care system is never easy. There are constant moves to different homes, the need to change schools, and the challenges of being away from people and places you have known for years. While foster care families strive to provide the children in their care with the best of experiences, it can be a challenge to manage all the little things that other children and families take for granted. Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation…

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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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