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Facing Fears in Foster Care: Are parents scary?

Mar 24, 2017

by Kim Poplaski, MARE Recruitment and Licensing Specialist, and Andi Kraker, Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids It’s a common question we address in foster care orientation: Are biological parents scary people? Foster-parents-in-training wonder, “If they’ve …

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An Alternative for Michigan Teens Aging Out of Foster Care

Mar 17, 2017

by Jessica DeJohn, Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids You may have heard the overwhelming statistics about the number of American teens who age out of foster care without a family—more than 20,000 every year. Kids who have had a chaotic childhood and then …

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After a Meltdown - part 2 of 2

Mar 03, 2017

by Katie Hickok-Mannebach, Foster Care Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids Persistent childhood trauma—abuse, neglect, chronically feeling unsafe or out of control—physically changes how a child’s brain works. Neurons carry messages in our brains like cars travel on a …

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In the Midst of a Meltdown – part 1 of 2

Feb 24, 2017

by Katie Hickok-Mannebach, Foster Care Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids When a child in your care has been triggered and is entering a meltdown, your most effective response will be to remain calm. If you can’t keep calm yourself, you won’t keep the situation calm. …

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Validating and De-escalating Big Emotions

Feb 17, 2017

by Julie McGowan, LMSW, Family Counseling Supervisor and Therapist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland As a family counselor, I see parent-child interactions that are very intuitive and natural, yet fail to de-escalate a child with big emotions: Child: “You love Dad more than me.” …

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Trauma-Informed Foster Parenting

Feb 10, 2017

by Starr Allen-Pettway, LMSW, Branch Director, Bethany Christian Services Of Michigan, Madison Heights  Trauma training gives foster parents tools to both understand what trauma looks like from a child’s perspective and also manage trauma that may be present in a child placed in their care. Trauma- …

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Affording Day Care as a Foster Parent

Jan 25, 2017

Q&A with Erin Alderman, Licensing and Placement Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Kalamazoo Child care is a common need for working parents, and working foster parents are no exception. Assistance is available to help cover the cost, but there are other considerations you’ll want …

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Finding Day Care for a Child in Foster Care

Jan 25, 2017

Q&A with Erin Alderman, Licensing and Placement Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Kalamazoo Child care is a common need for working parents, and working foster parents are no exception. Assistance is available to help cover the cost, but there are other considerations you’ll want …

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FASD Basics for Foster Parents

Jan 18, 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term for the range of physical, developmental, and behavioral disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Physically, children may be underweight, suffer chronic illnesses, or have certain facial features that indicate FASD. But more …

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Can I Adopt the Child in my Care?

Jan 09, 2017

by Pa Xiong, Foster Care Licensor/ Recruiter, Bethany Christian Services Of Minnesota The first goal in traditional foster care is to reunite a child with biological parents in a safe and healthy environment. When foster care specialists begin working with families who want to foster a child, we …

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