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Meeting Kids' Needs through the Holidays

Dec 15, 2016

by Catrina C. Johnson, MSW, Foster Care Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Georgia, Atlanta                              Perhaps a child has come into your home through foster care this year, and you’ve been parenting for a several months. Things have been going well so far… you’ve made it …

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We Believe: Finding families for teens in foster care

Dec 06, 2016

Part 2 of 2 In 2015, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids, launched a grant-funded pilot program called Operation Forever Family (OFF). The branch hired a small team of young professionals who personally know what it’s like to be a teen in foster care and age out of the system. …

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I Remember: Understanding teens in residential foster care

Nov 28, 2016

Part 1 of 2 In 2015, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids, launched a grant-funded pilot program called Operation Forever Family (OFF). The branch hired a small team of young professionals who personally know what it’s like to be a teen in foster care and age out of the system. …

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Why is my foster child sneaking food?

Nov 15, 2016

by Julie McGowan, LMSW, Family Counseling Supervisor and Therapist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland “My (foster) child continuously sneaks food from the kitchen after he or she has already eaten. Should I put a lock on my refrigerator?” The short answer to this question is NO. …

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After a Foster Care Family Visit: Fielding Hard Questions

Nov 01, 2016

by Mary Beth Hadley, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley  Children in foster care are most likely to ask: What happened (or is happening)? Why is this happening? and What is going to happen to me? These questions can come in …

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When Church is a “Hard Place” for Foster Parents

Oct 25, 2016

by Alethea Mshar As a foster parent, I advocate at home. I advocate at school. I’ve talked with coaches, dance instructors, and other parents about the challenges kids with trauma face in foster care. I make sure our friends and extended family members know how to respond when the children in my …

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Family Visits in Foster Care: Big Emotions and Hard Behaviors

Oct 18, 2016

by Mary Beth Hadley, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley  I was transporting a child to his foster home following a family visit when, about halfway home, he erupted into a temper tantrum in the car. It was significant enough that I needed to pull over …

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Is Family Therapy an Option if I'm Fostering?

Oct 06, 2016

by Julie McGowan, LMSW, Family Counseling Supervisor and Therapist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland When you think “therapy,” do you picture lying on a couch, being psychoanalyzed, as you talk about your childhood? Surely this can’t be appropriate for your foster child…? Good news— …

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Dos and Don’ts of Transracial Fostering

Oct 03, 2016

by Kanetra Scott, LMSW, Foster Care Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Georgia God created so many beautiful cultures, languages, and ethnicities for our world to enjoy—each rich in vibrant color and history. Partnership parenting, also known as foster care, often results in one racial …

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How Do I Get Started? Q&A for first-time foster parents

Sep 27, 2016

Q&A with April Kiekintveld, LMSW, Recruitment and Retention Supervisor Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent, you likely have questions. The following are questions that many first-time foster parents ask. I’m interested in becoming a …

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