Self-Care is a Must for Kinship Caregivers

by Jonathan Rockoff • If you provide kinship care, what I’m about to say will not be surprising: your circumstances and daily experiences are likely much different than “traditional,” non-relative foster parents. In this article I want to do more than provide tips on how to care for yourself as a kinship caregiver. After all, you’re likely aware of what

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Mindset: Make the Best of It
What I’ve learned from transitions: Reflections from foster care alumni

by Megan Holmes • “Time is filled with swift transitions” — Jennie B. Wilson We quickly learn the truth in this statement as we grow, learn, and develop throughout life. I can personally attest to this phrase being true because I’ve experienced many transitions in my two-and-a-half decades. I’ve transitioned from multiple homes from a young age prior to foster care,

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Resource Parents Feel It, Too: Managing Your Grief When a Child Leaves Your Home

by Jonathan Rockoff • “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” This poignant line is from E.A. Bucchianeri’s Brushtrokes of a Gadfly, a novel about coping with grief, loss, and trying to get on with daily life despite the hardships happening around you. This is something anyone can relate to—especially

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How Agencies Can (and Should) Support Children and Resource Families When Placements End

Foster care placements are temporary—they are meant to end. This is made abundantly clear in recruiting materials and in foster parent pre-service training. In court and in ongoing meetings there are frequent reminders of this fact. Nevertheless, the ending of a placement can be particularly hard for the children and resource family. Fortunately, there are things child welfare professionals can

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To Give Our Best to Our Children, Resource Parents Need Support from Each Other

by Bob DeMarco • When children have experienced trauma, we sometimes need to parent them differently. This can make all the difference for our kids, but it can also lead us to isolate ourselves from those who can support us. Left unchecked, this can lead to ineffective parenting and a generally unhappy home. Really, social interaction is a lifeline for

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