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As a New Foster Parent, is it OK to Ask for Help?

Aug 11, 2017

by Erin Alderman, Licensing and Placement Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Kalamazoo “I don’t know how much I should bother my foster care workers”      “I don’t want to annoy them.”           “I don’t want to be ‘that’ foster parent.”                “I don’t want them to …

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What if I Want to Foster, but My Spouse Isn’t Ready? — Part Two

Jul 21, 2017

by Karly Raklovits, Foster Home Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland As a licensing specialist, I lead monthly information sessions and regularly talk to prospective foster parents that are seeking information but aren’t yet on the same page. Foster care is a big …

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What if I Want to Foster, but My Spouse Isn’t Ready?

Jul 14, 2017

by Karly Raklovits, Foster Home Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland My husband and I have had a teen boy in our home for about a year. This wasn’t a decision we came to lightly. I was “there” before he was—I knew I wanted to be a foster parent when we were still …

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Can I Do Foster Care as a Working Parent?

Jul 07, 2017

by Sheina Martinez, Foster Care Recruiter/Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley My husband and I both work full time, and we have two biological children. People often ask us, “How can you do foster care with both of you working?” As a working mom, I have …

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Before You Foster: Prepare Your Children

Jun 30, 2017

by Cami Haussler, Foster Home Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services of Colorado If you’re considering foster care and have adopted or biological children in your home—especially those old enough to understand that other children will be moving into your home—it’s essential to include them in your …

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Did You Really Just Say That? Diffusing 5 Awkward Comments

Jun 23, 2017

by Sheina Martinez, Foster Care Recruiter/Licensing Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley My husband and I get our share of uninvited comments about our family and our choice to be foster parents. As Puerto Ricans with dark hair and dark skin, we stand out at the …

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9 Things You Should Know about Refugee Foster Care - Part 2

Jun 16, 2017

Q&A with Ana Jose, Recruitment Specialist, Refugee Foster Care, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids Continued from last week's post. *Bethany Christian Services has been providing refugee services since 1976. We have a particular need for foster families for refugee youth in …

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9 Things You Should Know about Refugee Foster Care

Jun 09, 2017

Q&A with Ana Jose, Recruitment Specialist, Refugee Foster Care, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids *Bethany Christian Services has been providing refugee services since 1976. We have a particular need for foster families for refugee youth in Michigan and Pennsylvania.*   1. Who …

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What Role can Grandparents Play in Foster Families?

Jun 02, 2017

Q&A with Missy Parker-Miller, Licensing and Recruitment Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Madison Heights Grandparents can play an important role for both a child in foster care and for you as foster parents. It can make such a difference to know your parents are on board. As we …

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Myth: "I can't foster. I'll get too attached."

May 26, 2017

This one is tough because it’s partly true. Meet Bindi, M.S., Regional Manager with Bethany Christian Services in Athens, Georgia Truth: You’ll get attached. Foster parents do get attached, but that’s good. Children in foster care need adults who will get close to them and invest in their lives. …

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