Overlapping and Continuity of Families Are the Keys to Positive, Stress-Free Transitions for Children

by Donna Foster • News flash! After 17 years as a foster parent and 37 years as a trainer in foster care and adoption, I finally realized what the focus should be for foster parents: transitions! So Many Opportunities for Loss Think for a moment about the transitions a child in foster care goes through. The child is taken from

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FFA-NC is Here to Support You!

Hello foster, adoptive, and kindship families. How can we help you? In October, Foster Family Alliance of North Carolina (FFA-NC) established 1-800-578-7770, a toll-free number for families or anybody with questions regarding becoming a resource family. So far we have had families call our 800 number regarding: the challenges of getting licensed because of water on or near their property,

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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 (1-877-NCKIDS; www.adoptnckids.org). Aiaya (age 12) Aiaya is excited about meeting a family who enjoys doing fun things. She is described by others as a strong advocate for herself, determined and resourceful. She enjoys playing board games and participating in outdoor activities.

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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> • Elijah (age 17) Elijah is a sweet, friendly young man who has overcome much in his life. He enjoys carpentry, weight lifting, skateboarding, and basketball. Like most teens, he also enjoys electronics, particularly video games. Elijah sees

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Make a difference during National Foster Care Month

This May, the Children’s Bureau celebrates National Foster Care Month, focusing on family reunification with the theme “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” To children, youth, families, caregivers, and professionals involved in foster care, celebrating means taking action. The National Foster Care Month website, provides materials showcasing best practices and information to help youth connect with biological parents, other family members,

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