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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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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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