Shelby and Me: A Resource for Maintainign Connections
Book Review

Every once in a while someone will come up with a new take on a classic dish, dramatically improving something we thought we knew all about. Donna Foster has done this for a classic tool for foster and kinship parents–the life book. Written for children ages 3-12, Foster’s “Shelby and Me” is really two books that come as a set.

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When a Parent is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers and Foster Parents
by Melissa Radcliff

“I guess some caseworkers assume your mom is a bad person when they hear she’s incarcerated. But they should keep an open mind and remember that every child has only one mother, one father. The ones we’re given are special to us, even if we can’t live with them, even if they’re not perfect.” –Youth speaker with Foster Change for

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Navigating Reasonable and Prudent Parenting
Promoting normalcy for young people in foster care

by Teresa Strom For years, many young people in foster care have been prevented from participating in everyday activities essential for their development and for a successful transition to adulthood. Because of real and perceived legal and policy constraints, many have missed out on the chance to engage in simple, commonplace activities such as going to a friend’s house, taking

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Witnessing a Change in Foster Care
Reflections from Foster Care Alumni

On July 2, 2015, the Governor signed a new law called the Foster Care Family Act (SB 423). Governor McCrory asked that SaySo be represented on this day. SaySo supporters and foster care alumni Chaney Stokes, Roman Rys, and Marcella Middleton were present, as was Nancy Carter, SaySo’s chief administrator. After touring the Governor’s mansion, Chaney, Roman, and Marcella were

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A reader asks . . .
What to tell our friends when children reunify?

We’re members of a tight-knit community and many people know we are foster parents. The children in our home are transitioning back to their birth parents. We know we’ll get questions from the community about where the children went. How do we explain? Social workers and their agencies often encourage resource parents to use their natural supports and resources while

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The NC Child Treatment Program
Effective Mental Health Treatment for Children and Families

Established in 2006, the North Carolina Child Treatment Program serves children, adolescents, and families coping with serious psycho-logical trauma or loss. Its faculty has trained a network of community-based mental health clinicians to provide effective, evidence-based treatments. One such treatment, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), is designed to: Reduce negative emotions and behaviors especially those related to Post Traumatic Stress

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Have You Heard about NC Reach?

Our state’s NC Reach program provides college funding and support services to young people adopted from North Carolina DSS foster care after the age of 12 and those who age out of the system at 18. Benefits include: Funding. NC Reach provides last dollar funding after all federal, state, and private dollars have been applied, to ensure that students can

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Help Us Find Families for These Children

For more information on these children or adoption in general, call the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network at 1-877-NCKIDS-1, www.adoptnckids.org. Natalie (age 12) Natalie is an outgoing young lady who is inquisitive, funny, persistent, and artistic. She loves fashion and jewelry. Natalie likes playing volleyball, swimming, horseback riding, and she loves animals. She dreams of becoming a doctor,

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