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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