Three reasons why mindfulness benefits parents

by Barbara Ley • We hear a lot about mindfulness these days. At its core, mindfulness refers to the ability to bring conscious attention and awareness to one’s present experience with non-judgment, acceptance, and compassion. A growing body of research demonstrates its numerous physical, emotional, and mental benefits, and mindfulness practitioners have developed countless programs and resources around the world

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Youth in care say self-care supports healthy relationships

by Megan Holmes To have healthy relationships with others, one must first have a healthy relationship with oneself. For this, safe, enjoyable practices for maintaining mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health are needed. The right self-care practices can be the key to creating an environment where healthy relationships can flourish. Self-Care Self-care means recognizing when it is time to step

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A trauma-informed approach and self-care can make a big difference for resource parents

by Bob DeMarco When we were completing our home study and identifying the characteristics the child we would foster would have, we were thinking about a child with physical disabilities. My wife is a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics, so it seemed like a natural fit. We wanted to help a child or children who would otherwise not have a

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Universal Precautions

All foster parents in North Carolina should have a good understanding of universal precautions and bloodborne pathogens. After all, agencies are required to provide foster parents with training in this subject before a child can be placed in their homes. What’s more, this training must be updated (retaken) once a year, or as often as required by the American Red

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