New Year, New Way to Think About Resolutions.
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2w ago
January means New Year’s Resolutions, and many of us consider changes we want to make for the year and the goals we want to set. Often these include health (I will give up carbs and walk every day), personal growth (I will read 85 books and learn to speak German), finances (I will stop buying Starbucks...and Black Rock...and Dutch Bros), and spiritual goals (I will read through the whole Bible this year). As parents, we often include goals that pertain to our children (I will not yell, have patience, and stick to a routine). And as February approaches, we’ve often already failed at most (if n ..read more
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Ways For Your Church to Engage in Foster Care.
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2w ago
When welcoming a new child into their home, foster and adoptive families need support to focus on caring for the new child and building a relationship with them. The first month a family has a new placement is the ideal time for the church to step in and help the family.  As you start the new year, here are three ways your church can support foster & adoptive families in your community. 1. Prepare Frozen Meals For Families Preparing dinner can be one thing that families dread the most. Parents have spent all day at work or running kids around, and not having to worry about dinner i ..read more
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The Parenting is Different.
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1M ago
As you support foster and adoptive families around you, you might begin to pick up on parenting differences. Maybe they are handling challenging situations in unfamiliar ways. You may hear more talk about connection than correction and something called TBRI. TBRI stands for Trust Based Relational Intervention. It is an attachment-based, trauma-informed parenting style designed to meet the special needs of children, especially those who may have been through hard times. Children who have experienced hard circumstances, like being separated from their families and removed from their homes for w ..read more
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Welcoming Families this Christmas Season
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2M ago
The Christmas season is finally here! Christmas celebrations are an excellent opportunity for the church to connect with families of children with special needs. When planning your church's holiday activities, here are three things you can do to support foster and adoptive families and families with children with special needs.  1. Create Activity Bags Take the time to create an activity bag for families who attend your Christmas services. You can include noise-reducing headphones, fidget toys, coloring materials, and a schedule of what you're doing during that service. These thing ..read more
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Getting to the Bottom of Big Behaviors
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2M ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas tree is up, presents are all being bought, and holiday music is playing in the background. Little Maria has been in your home for eight months. There have been some ups and downs, but she’s been settling in and starting to feel comfortable in your home. You’re so excited to give her the things you purchased from her Christmas list, and you have so many fun Holiday activities planned. What could go wrong? Fast forward to December 25. The past three weeks haven’t gone exactly as planned. Maria cried during almost every planned activity. Du ..read more
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HALT on Holiday Stress
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2M ago
​November is National Adoption month, and for many foster, kinship, and adoptive families, it’s the kickoff to a season of holiday stress! If you’re new to foster parenting, or you’ve been on this journey for a while, now is an excellent time to slow things down and think about your plans for the holiday season. Project 1.27 has a quick “Handling Holiday Stress” tip sheet and HALT tool to help guide you through making this holiday season as enjoyable (with realistic expectations) as possible!  HERE ARE SOME IDEAS TO HELP WITH UPCOMING HOLIDAY STRESS: Create a Family Line. Plan and ..read more
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Wrap a Family Up With Love
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2M ago
November is National Adoption month! There is lots to celebrate about children being in safe and loving families-what a gift! If you ask a foster or adoptive family, many will agree adoption is a gift. Most will also share that foster care and adoption mean processing lots of grief for everyone in the home, and that’s hard. Families need Jesus in the celebrations and the grief. That’s where the church comes in. Families need the church to wrap around them, primarily through the upcoming holiday season, to help them remember how holy the hard things are. The everyday stress and the holiday str ..read more
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The Young Victims of Domestic Abuse
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4M ago
As we acknowledge October as National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, we need to evaluate the implications of domestic abuse for the children and families we serve. According to the U.S. Department of Women’s Health more than 15 million children in the United States live in homes where domestic violence has happened at least once. Children who've witnessed domestic violence are also at a higher risk for medical and mental health issues and a much greater risk of being abused or abusing others in the future. Although some children may never fully recover from the trauma of witnessing violence ..read more
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Starting Over as a Kinship Grandma
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4M ago
After raising three children to adulthood, Angela never expected to start over with more children. However, when her 8-month-old grandson, Jackson, needed her, she gladly stepped forward to take custody. She rushed to complete her foster parent certification to become a kinship care provider for him. Several years later, two more of Amanda’s grandchildren needed a safe home, and Amanda again said yes. Today she still parents all three children, who are now 8, 6, and 6 years old. “I never imagined I’d be starting over with children,” Amanda noted during this interview. “I thought I’d have them ..read more
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Substitute Caregiver
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4M ago
Foster Adoption-Friendly Churches, not only provide a safe environment for children from hard places, but support families that are caring for children daily. It’s difficult for families to locate respite resources and support who will care for the children in their absence, whether for a few hours or overnight. The State of Colorado has created a ‘substitute care’ category that will allow families to seek substitute or alternative caregivers of their choosing.  Consider becoming a resource for families who need support and help in difficult times or could use some time away. Create ..read more
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