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Do I have what it takes… to keep going?

May 18, 2018

Interview with Jason Johnson, Foster Parent, Foster Care Advocate, and Author  After you’ve been fostering for a while, it’s common for foster parents to feel tired and discouraged, wondering if their hard work and sacrifice is worth it.  “I’m one person in a black hole of need. Is making a …

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Do I have what it takes… to be a foster parent?

May 11, 2018

Interview with Jason Johnson, Foster Parent, Foster Care Advocate, and Author  Maybe you’re considering foster care… maybe you’ve been considering it for some time. It’s normal to have questions and even fears, such as:   I’m afraid this will change my life in ways I can’t predict. I’m …

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Self-Care isn’t Selfish: Try These Tips to Avoid Foster Care Burnout

Mar 02, 2018

by Katie Stone, Foster Care Case Manager, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Flint Foster parenting is an important job. It’s often rewarding, but seldom easy. With unknowns to navigate, fears to soothe, services to manage, and needs to address, it’s common for foster parents to become …

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6 Ways to Look Out for Your Kids While You’re Fostering

Feb 02, 2018

by Sheina Martinez Foster Care Recruiter/Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley Over the last four years, my husband and I have fostered eight children ranging in age from 10 months to 7 years. With each placement, we expect there will be some growing pains— …

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Reunification: Foster Care’s First Goal

Jan 19, 2018

Q&A with Jennifer Reister, Foster Care Licensing Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids Individuals and families explore foster care for a variety of reasons, including the hope that fostering a child might lead to the opportunity to adopt. But foster care and foster care …

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Keeping Kids in Foster Care Closer to Home

Jan 05, 2018

Q&A with Brett Reyes, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids The need for foster parents across the U.S. is great. As Bethany looks for families to help meet the need, our Grand Rapids, Michigan, office is hoping to identify prospective families …

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6 Ways to Show Foster Children They Are Worthy of Love

Dec 22, 2017

Q&A with Mandy Taylor, Parent Support Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids In a previous post, Mandy referred to children in foster care carrying an "invisible suitcase" of beliefs about themselves and the world. Kids who have been abused or neglected often internalize …

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