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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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Myth: "I can't foster. I'm too old."

May 19, 2017

That’s not quite right. Meet Helen. Sometimes I ask myself why I am doing this, especially at the age of 76. But these children need somebody. It’s important for children to have the stability of staying somewhere safe and feeling like someone cares about them, like they belong. I know that …

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Myth: "I can't foster. I've never parented before."

May 12, 2017

Not so fast. Meet Kayla and Mike. Kayla and Mike had been married just a few months when Kayla proposed the idea of becoming foster parents. “I wanted to jump right in,” said Kayla. “Mike was open, but he wanted me to do some research and go from there.”   She searched “good foster care agencies …

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Myth: “I can’t foster. I’m single.”

May 05, 2017

You think so? Meet Charlotte. Fostering as a single parent wasn’t a big deal for me. I grew up in a single parent home. Both my mother and my grandmother were single parents, so I knew it could be done. You can do this too But that’s not what encouraged me to foster. I had a friend who was …

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Weighing the Cost of Foster Care Adoption

Apr 28, 2017

Q&A with Jamie Maatman, Foster Care Adoption Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland Expense is often a barrier for families that want to adopt. While foster care adoption may be a “low-cost” option, Jamie Maatman encourages families to weigh other factors beyond cost. Is it …

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Family Makes the Difference

Apr 21, 2017

by Kimberly Offutt, MSW, National Foster Care Adoption Director, Bethany Christian Services Fifteen-year-old McLyne represented one of nearly 112,000 youth in foster care waiting for an adoptive family. Like many other teens in the foster care system, McLyne lived in the sterile environment of one …

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