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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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