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SOS Illinois Celebrates 30 Years of Transformational Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

In 2020, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois will celebrate its 30th year of providing innovative, transformational care to children in foster care and at-risk families. Throughout the year, SOS Illinois will honor and celebrate three decades of accomplishments in Illinois foster care, corporate and individual giving, and community support and advocacy. Join us as we celebrate our history of breaking new ground in child welfare and beyond. SOS Children’s Villages Illinois: A Brief History The SOS Children’s Villages Illinois story began…

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A Christmas Moment I Still Think About – One Thankful Mom – Foster Parents Article

With the sorority sisters gone for the holiday, we emerged into the beautiful house. It was 1991 and we had three children ages 4, 2, and seven months. Believe it or not, we were house parents in a sorority at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Graduate school had motivated us to drive across the country with a toddler just a few years before. I took a pregnancy test somewhere around Illinois and life as a soon-to-be family of four…

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Which Celebrity Role Model Do Parents Think Is Best for Their Children? – Foster Parents Article

Home > Blog > News > Celebrity Role Models – Who Do Parents Think Is the Best Role Model for Their Children? In this article we take a look at the Top 15 Celebrity Role Models voted by parents in the UK. We asked 2,000 UK parents who they think is best celebrity role model for their children. The survey was carried out in November 2019 and the results were as follows.  RankNameOccupation% of Votes #1Richard BransonBritish Business Magnate6.69% #2David BeckhamEnglish…

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Butcher Block | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

I smoothe on a generous layer of potent citrus Orange Glow wood before working it into the wood with a soft cotten rag. The thick butcher block top on my kitchen island was made for me. Carl and Papa got the wood and sanded it down to perfection before attaching it to the base. This butcher block has graced my kitchen island for years now. I love it. The blonde-toned wood is thick and strong and perfect for chopping veggies.…

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Why Christmas and the Holidays are Difficult for Children in Foster Care….and how YOU can Help. – Foster Parents Article

          You know the familiar phrase. ’Tis the season to be jolly.   Not for the roughly half a million children in foster care in the United States.   It is often a time of great sadness and despair., a time of loneliness and of rejection.  For these children, it is a reminder of so much anxiety and trauma in their young lives.  Many foster children are faced with the realization that they will not be “home for…

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How To Connect With First Families During The Holidays – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email We’ve officially entered into the holiday season. That means Christmas parties, twinkling lights, frosty window panes, and potentially high emotions for some of our children. In this brand new podcast series, we’re walking you through key how-to’s when it comes to successfully navigating the holiday season. Our children will always have two families. It’s something we need to accept. And the holiday season can bring up feelings of deep loss and separation.…

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More Than 30 Reasons to Be Thankful – Foster Parents Article

11.27.2019 By Catherine Krummey, Treehouse Marketing & Social Media Manager This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for at Treehouse. For the past 30 days, we have been celebrating by sharing our gratitude for our youth, volunteers, donors, caregivers, community partners and more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with our #30daysofthanks posts. Youth, Caregivers and Staff “I’m thankful for the young adults who I get to meet with every week. I’m thankful to walk alongside them, building…

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What Happens If I Want to End a Foster Placement? – Foster Parents Article

Looking after foster children is different to looking after your own children, so it’s vital to be realistic about the fostering experience. These are children who come from backgrounds of trauma. They have difficulties forming attachments and they don’t trust adults because they’ve been let down before. They don’t have adults in their lives who have ‘got their back’. That’s often the cause of many of their behaviours. So a young person in foster care who is testing and pushing…

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Managing Holiday Emotions & Stress – Foster Parents Article

What can holiday stress look like? For a mixture of reasons, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year for children as well as adults.  Intensified feelings of loss, separation, everyday stress, obligations, financial burden, social commitments, travel commitments, and grief are common links to the stress and emotions experienced during the holiday season.  For children who are removed from their birth families, the holidays can be especially trying. As parents, it’s important to be informed and aware…

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Adopting Through Upbring: Clare and Phil’s Story – Foster Parents Article

Clare and Phil relaxed on their couch and watched a movie unaware that in less than 12 hours, their lives would change forever. Before heading to bed, they noticed a missed call from Kelly Keen, Upbring’s Domestic Adoption Specialist. Their hopes soared. Clare and Phil dialed Kelly’s number, holding their breath and silently praying that this was the call they had been waiting for. Tears streamed down their cheeks as they learned that their prayers had been answered. Not only…

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