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Hope, Someday: Does foster parenting make a difference?

Oct 06, 2017

by Kristen B., Foster Parent After a 2.5-year journey as a foster family, the children in our care are moving on to what appear to be less-than-ideal but necessary places. Day after day, for 28 months, we flung ourselves as best we could toward fighting against all the brokenness, lack of trust, …

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Can I ask my foster child’s school for an IEP?

Sep 29, 2017

Q&A with Cheyanne Nichols, Foster Care Case Manager and Team Lead, Bethany Christian Services of Indianapolis Many kids in foster care are academically behind for a number of reasons: cognitive or developmental delay, neglect, prenatal drug or alcohol exposure, or changing schools while being in …

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Teens in Foster Care: Behind the Horror Stories

Sep 15, 2017

by Subaricca Robinson MS, ABD, Supervisor/Program Coordinator, Guardian ANGELS Foster Care Program, Bethany Christian Services in Atlanta We’ve all heard the "horror stories" of teens in foster care acting out. But what about this horror story: Damon (a pseudonym) was taken to juvenile detention …

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Fostering Teens from Hard Places

Sep 01, 2017

by Subaricca Robinson MS, ABD, Supervisor/Program Coordinator, Guardian ANGELS* Foster Care Program, Bethany Christian Services in Atlanta *Adolescents in Need of Guidance, Exemplary care, and a Loving home with Solidarity A lot of people love the idea of fostering young children. Kids are …

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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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