Healthy relationships and young people in foster care

The last issue of Fostering Perspectives talked about what resource parents can do to promote the physical health of the children in their care. Physical health is critical, but there are other dimensions of well-being to think about, including social and emotional health. One way to touch on these other facets of well-being is to focus on healthy relationships. There

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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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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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Youth in foster care are vulnerable to exploitation
An excerpt from Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew’s testimony before Congress

United States Capitol Building in Washington DC USA

On October 23, 2013, foster care alumna and human trafficking survivor Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means as part of a hearing on preventing and addressing sex trafficking of youth in foster care. The following is an excerpt of her testimony. Her full remarks, as well as the transcript

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A healthy relationship in my life today
Perspectives from children and youth in foster care

In the last issue of Fostering Perspectives we asked young people in foster care, “Describe a healthy relationship in your life today. How do you know it is healthy?“ Here’s what they had to say. * * * * * First Place Dionna, age 16  Healthy relationships contain: trust, loyalty, forgiveness, laughter, honesty, and unconditional love. I am thankful to

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