Mindset: Make the Best of It
What I’ve learned from transitions: Reflections from foster care alumni

by Megan Holmes • “Time is filled with swift transitions” — Jennie B. Wilson We quickly learn the truth in this statement as we grow, learn, and develop throughout life. I can personally attest to this phrase being true because I’ve experienced many transitions in my two-and-a-half decades. I’ve transitioned from multiple homes from a young age prior to foster care,

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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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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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