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My View From the Border

Feb 07, 2019

By Rossy Sical, Lead Case Manager for Unaccompanied Children, Bethany Christian Services I was born and raised in the highlands of Guatemala. My family is what some might call “dirt poor.” We grow vegetables, corn, and coffee—literally using our hands in the dirt to meet our needs. When we don’t …

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Let's get real: Adjusting expectations for first-time foster parents

Aug 31, 2018

Interview with Sarah Pettengill, MA, LMFT, Home Study Writer, Riverside, California It’s hard to picture what foster parenting will really be like if you’ve never been a foster parent before. It’s hard to picture how you might respond to challenges when each child’s circumstance will be different. …

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Managing Microaggressions in Transracial Foster Care

Aug 10, 2018

Interview with Marisol Rosser, Foster Care Supervisor, Grand Rapids, Michigan   It’s when someone asks, “Where are you from?” and they don’t mean your local city. “No, before that. Where are you really from?” Subtext: You’re not from around here; you’re not one of us.  It’s when someone …

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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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