National Foster Care Month: Supporting Kids & Families in Your Community
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by Emily Cain
3w ago
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the needs of youth in care and honor the important role that foster families play in the lives of children throughout the United States. “The nearly 370,000 children in foster care deserve to grow up in safe and loving homes that help them reach their full potential. During National Foster Care Month, we share our gratitude for the foster parents who show foster youth unconditional love and the biological parents who work hard to reunite with their children despite difficult circumstances. No young person should have to face the challenges ..read more
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Meet A Friendly and Creative Teen
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by Emily Cain
3w ago
Avery is a friendly, creative, and fun teenager. His favorite subject in school is design class. He enjoys film and coding and has participated in an after-school craft club that involved sewing and working with fabric. Outside of school, Avery enjoys playing basketball, skateboarding, and swimming. He also loves reading (especially Manga books), playing guitar, and listening to music. Looking down the road, Avery hopes to have a career as a musician or video game coder. When thinking about what family means to him, Avery says, “Family are people you can trust, people who protects you, and peo ..read more
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What are Executive Function Skills? Why Do They Matter?
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by Creating a Family
1M ago
This article is brought to you by Creating a Family through the generous support of our friends at the Jockey Being Family Foundation®. They share our vision for providing education and support to strengthen families. Raising a child impacted by trauma, neurodiversity, or prenatal exposure can be much like any other parenting experience. You face the typical joys, like sweaty hugs, silly mispronunciations, and imaginary friends. You also deal with the everyday frustrations of messy rooms, missed homework assignments, and sibling rivalries. However, when your child is coping with the impacts o ..read more
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Meet A Creative and Outgoing Teen
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by Emily Cain
1M ago
Tamiea is a funny and outgoing 14-year-old girl who enjoys playing with dogs, going on walks, cooking, swimming, and doing her makeup. Her favorite subject in school is art class because she enjoys making arts and crafts. An ideal weekend for Tamiea would include going out to eat and doing a fun activity like visiting a museum, shopping, hiking, or watching a scary movie. She also loves spending time with animals. Tamiea and her Child Specific Recruiter, Hayley, often visit the Humane Society as part of their monthly visits. “She loves petting cats and dogs and giving them treats,” says Hayley ..read more
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A Serving of Support
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by Staff Contributor
2M ago
  November 18th is a special day in Sam’s life. It’s the anniversary of the day his adoption by his parents, Steve and Kelly, became legal. It’s why he chose the same date in 2023 to host his senior project for Spectrum High School: a fundraising breakfast benefiting Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, the organization that facilitated his adoption. Sam hoped to raise $200 for Children’s Home by selling tickets to the breakfast and raffle tickets. The final take of $1,400 blew him away. “People were very generous!” said Sam. “Even better, a donor matched the funds dollar-for-dollar, so ..read more
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Matching With Mady
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by Staff Contributor
2M ago
When Ryan and Brittany decided to grow their family through Children’s Home’s Foster Care Adoption program, they were both excited and nervous. Brittany, with a background in social work, brought a unique perspective; both she and her husband were acutely aware of the challenges ahead. “We have friends who went through adopting from foster care with their 13-year-old,” said Ryan. “It really opened our eyes to the need for teens to find permanent homes. We were inspired by that and thought this was the right path for us.” The couple attended trainings offered by Children’s Home to prepare them ..read more
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Meet JJ: A Loving Six-Year-Old with a Big Heart
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by Emily Cain
2M ago
JJ is a goofy, kind, and loving six-year-old who enjoys reading, watching funny videos on his tablet, going to the park, dancing, and being around people who love him. An ideal day for JJ would start out with a warm bowl of oatmeal (one of his favorite foods), followed by a trip to the park. In the afternoon, he would like to return home to play with his favorite toys and watch a movie with his family. JJ would do best in a two-parent household located in the Twin Cities Metro. Ideally, his future caregivers would have experience caring for a child with high needs. JJ faces many medical challe ..read more
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Celebrating Black History Month: 8 Books for Young Readers
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by Emily Cain
4M ago
“During Black History Month, communities across the country commemorate the history of people of African descent in America and pay tribute to the many achievements of Black men and women. But perhaps the most important community members to get involved in this annual celebration? Our children,” Christine Michel Carter writes on parents.com. With beautiful illustrations and inspiring stories, here are eight of our favorite books that celebrate, honor, and center stories of Black children (and adults) who are following their dreams, making important contributions to society, and fighting for so ..read more
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Your Adoption Tax Credit Guide: 2023
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by Creating a Family
4M ago
Most of us have spent 2023 grumbling about the rising costs of groceries while watching current events that impact our daily lives and family budgets. While we all hope for a leveling out of inflation rates in the coming months, many are turning their thoughts to filing taxes. It’s hard to believe it’s time to talk taxes already! If you recently adopted a child (or several!), you are likely interested in maximizing the Adoption Tax Credit before you file your 2023 personal taxes. The Adoption Tax Credit for 2023 is $15,950 per child. The Adoption Tax Credit is NOT refundable, which means you c ..read more
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Adoption Record Engagement Sessions
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by Staff Contributor
4M ago
Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is looking for feedback from members of the community with personal experience in Minnesota’s adoption system. Considering the upcoming changes around access to original birth records, DHS is hoping to hear from those with lived experience in the adoption system around access to adoption records. We will be looking to talk with adopted individuals, adoptive parents and kinship caregivers, birth parents and other relatives through various listening sessions during the months of January and February. We hope to better understand the experience of indi ..read more
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