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Keeping Kids in Foster Care Closer to Home

Jan 05, 2018

Q&A with Brett Reyes, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids The need for foster parents across the U.S. is great. As Bethany looks for families to help meet the need, our Grand Rapids, Michigan, office is hoping to identify prospective families …

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6 Ways to Show Foster Children They Are Worthy of Love

Dec 22, 2017

Q&A with Mandy Taylor, Parent Support Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids In a previous post, Mandy referred to children in foster care carrying an "invisible suitcase" of beliefs about themselves and the world. Kids who have been abused or neglected often internalize …

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Kids in Foster Care May Not be Ready to Receive Your Love—Here's Why

Dec 15, 2017

by Mandy Taylor, Parent Support Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids If you’re considering foster care because you’re hoping to love a hurting child and help them heal, there’s an important truth you need to know before you jump in: that child may not be equipped to …

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Anxiety After a Child Leaves Your Home: Did I Do Enough?

Oct 20, 2017

Q&A with Mandy Taylor, Parent Support Specialist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Grand Rapids A foster parent wrote a blog that we recently shared where she expressed her worry that—up against the great big foster care system, and the trauma that the children she’d cared for had faced— …

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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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