Self-care for Relative Caregivers: One Family’s Story
by Tonia Jacobs Deese

If you are caring for a loved one’s child due to abuse or neglect, our child welfare system relies on you. One in four children in foster care in North Carolina are in “kinship placements,” which typically means a county department of social services has legal custody of the child, but the child lives with a relative (Duncan, 2014). Benefits

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Taking Care of Yourself While Engaging in Shared Parenting
by Donna Foster

By now you should know that I’m a big fan of shared parenting. In past issues of Fostering Perspectives I’ve worked hard to explain why I think this practice is good for children, good for birth families, and good for foster parents. I believe this with all my heart, based on my own experience and the experiences other people have

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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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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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