Supporting Successful Transitions (for Everyone!)

Have you heard the expression, “The only constant in life is change?” This phrase resonates with most people, but for children and youth in foster care it rings especially true. For most kids, placement in care brings waves of change that can affect every dimension of their lives: their clothes and toys. How things smell. Where and with whom they

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Is this Normal? Navigating the Sometimes Surprising Developmental Transitions of Children and Youth

by Kelly Sullivan • Human development is phenomenal. We enter this world completely reliant on others for survival, yet eventually we become self-reliant. This is not a smooth process. Instead, development is often a bumpy road with nail-biting detours that can give caregivers gray hair. Developmental transitions for children and youth in foster care can be even more erratic due

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Resource Parents Feel It, Too: Managing Your Grief When a Child Leaves Your Home

by Jonathan Rockoff • “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” This poignant line is from E.A. Bucchianeri’s Brushtrokes of a Gadfly, a novel about coping with grief, loss, and trying to get on with daily life despite the hardships happening around you. This is something anyone can relate to—especially

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Tips to Facilitate Placement Moves for Kids of Different Ages

by Rick Zechman • Whether it’s removing a child from their home or moving a child from one foster care placement to another, ideally children, parents, social workers, and resource parents would have the ability to plan for the move. Though the move will likely still be traumatic, planning lessens children’s fear and provides them some control, increasing their resiliency.

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How Agencies Can (and Should) Support Children and Resource Families When Placements End

Foster care placements are temporary—they are meant to end. This is made abundantly clear in recruiting materials and in foster parent pre-service training. In court and in ongoing meetings there are frequent reminders of this fact. Nevertheless, the ending of a placement can be particularly hard for the children and resource family. Fortunately, there are things child welfare professionals can

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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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