Taking care of yourself

Issue overview

Being a resource parent can be one of the most important, most deeply rewarding roles in the world. It can also be one of the hardest: intense, stressful, frustrating, and immensely draining. If resource parents don’t make a serious commitment to self-care, they can quickly find themselves overwhelmed and ineffective. Because it is hard—some would say impossible—to support the recovery

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Self-care: Do it for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Kids

This article draws extensively from Chapter 8 of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s curriculum (2010) “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents” If resource parents had a motto, it might be “children first.” Or perhaps “children and their families first.” Either would be fitting. Foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers do what they do because

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Stress, Your Worker, and You
by Mellicent Blythe

A conversation with child welfare social workers As a resource parent, you’ve seen first-hand the effects chronic trauma can have on a child’s health and well-being. And as discussed elsewhere in this issue, your own functioning can be affected by exposure to children’s traumatic histories. But what about social workers? Unfortunately, they are also at risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress

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“Self-care” CFT Meetings for Resource Parents
by Billy Poindexter

In this issue we’ve talked a lot about the stress that can come with being a foster, kinship, or adoptive parent, and about how important self-care is for resource parents. Although a lot of good strategies have been suggested, I’d like to talk to you about one you may not have considered or even heard of: a “self-care” child and

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Mobile App for Building Resilience in Foster Families

Helps foster/adoptive families and youth build strengths, connect to supports, and overcome common challenges   Have you heard about “FOCUS on Foster Families”? Designed for foster/adoptive families and youth, this free mobile application aims to provide support for youth and those who care for them in the form of video interviews, skill-building games, and access to downloadable PDFs to help

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