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Checking Our Emotions: When Foster Parents Feel Anger

Mar 31, 2017

by Kim Poplaski, MARE Recruitment and Licensing Specialist, and Andi Kraker, Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids It’s not unusual for foster parents to feel anger. You see how the child is hurting to be separated from their family. You see how trauma and …

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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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