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How Will I Ever Find the Time To Connect With Each of My Kids?!

Our youngest daughter was acting out at school, and she is usually our most angelic child, the one we rarely worry would misbehaving. Naturally, we were concerned for her and a bunch of questions and scenarios jumped to mind. And then it hit me… How would I know the answer to any of these questions if I can’t even remember the last time I had concentrated one-on-one time with her?
 
A dad holding the shoulder of a male teenager while sitting on a couch.

What Teens Need: Parenting Both the Inner Child and the Emerging Young Adult in Your Teenager

Am I doing anything right? This question could easily be muttered by my teenagers or by me. Daily. Hourly. Parenting teenagers is no easy feat, especially parenting teens with traumatic backgrounds. Learning to parent your teenager's inner child while they emerge as a young adult can help you navigate this difficult stage.
 
Picture of a foster parent with a teenager.

8 Reasons to Foster Teens

A common misconception of teenagers in foster care is they did something bad or wrong to end up there, but many teens end up in foster care at no fault of their own. Just like any other age group, teens in foster care want a secure, loving family. There are several benefits of becoming a foster parent that are unique to this age group. 

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Parent spending quality time with their child

How Will I Ever Find the Time To Connect With Each of My Kids?!

Our youngest daughter was acting out at school, and she is usually our most angelic child, the one we rarely worry would misbehaving. Naturally, we were concerned for her and a bunch of questions and scenarios jumped to mind. And then it hit me… How would I know the answer to any of these questions if I can’t even remember the last time I had concentrated one-on-one time with her?
 
Male caregiver wrapping arm around son

Through the Eyes of a Foster Parent: What I Didn’t Know About RAD, and What I’m Still Learning

A foster parent shares her family's journey with reactive attachment disorder. Reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child doesn't establish healthy attachments with parents or caregivers, often developed from early trauma.
 
A dad holding the shoulder of a male teenager while sitting on a couch.

What Teens Need: Parenting Both the Inner Child and the Emerging Young Adult in Your Teenager

Am I doing anything right? This question could easily be muttered by my teenagers or by me. Daily. Hourly. Parenting teenagers is no easy feat, especially parenting teens with traumatic backgrounds. Learning to parent your teenager's inner child while they emerge as a young adult can help you navigate this difficult stage.
 
Two dads hugging and holding a young girl

Adoption Necessities

Through the journey of knowledge, bravery, and strength, the child and adoptive family make a significant and meaningful impact on one another. The child and adoptive family allow for vulnerability in getting to know each other and open their hearts to begin a new chapter together.
 
Picture of a foster parent with a teenager.

8 Reasons to Foster Teens

A common misconception of teenagers in foster care is they did something bad or wrong to end up there, but many teens end up in foster care at no fault of their own. Just like any other age group, teens in foster care want a secure, loving family. There are several benefits of becoming a foster parent that are unique to this age group. 
 
A woman drinking a smoothie

Staying Healthy When You’re Stretched Thin

Let’s talk about self-care for foster parents, shall we? It’s a hot topic that is beautiful and necessary in theory and often feels impossible in practice. When each day is unpredictable, especially as many of our children deal with night terrors and other nighttime disturbances, how do we find the time and mental, physical, and emotional space to take care of ourselves?
 
A woman and a child sitting together reading and smiling.

Foster Care and Adoption Children’s Booklist

In honor of National Foster Care month, we wanted to share a list of books and workbooks for youth in foster care or in adopted families that are a wonderful way for children to explore other people's life experiences, while at the same time seeing their own stories represented and know they are not alone in their feelings.
 
A person smiling with both hands on their chest.

A Foster Mom’s Gratitude List

When I became a foster parent, I had some grandiose mission statements about what I would do, how I would help, and the way in which I would serve vulnerable youth… but I look back now, seven years later, and see I had it all wrong. Well-intentioned, but wrong.
 
A person's hand on another persons' shoulder.

Walking Alongside Birth Families

Families do not set out to put their child in foster care but simply are in a situation that makes it untenable to maintain parenting safely and confidently. People often look at a foster youth and think “those poor kids.” That thought, although maybe well-intentioned, breeds contempt for loved ones. When we reframe the way we look at why a child has entered care, we can be better equipped to care for the youth, and in turn, learn to walk alongside birth families.