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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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Why is my foster child sneaking food?

Nov 15, 2016

by Julie McGowan, LMSW, Family Counseling Supervisor and Therapist, Bethany Christian Services of Michigan, Holland “My (foster) child continuously sneaks food from the kitchen after he or she has already eaten. Should I put a lock on my refrigerator?” The short answer to this question is NO. …

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After a Foster Care Family Visit: Fielding Hard Questions

Nov 01, 2016

by Mary Beth Hadley, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley  Children in foster care are most likely to ask: What happened (or is happening)? Why is this happening? and What is going to happen to me? These questions can come in …

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When Church is a “Hard Place” for Foster Parents

Oct 25, 2016

by Alethea Mshar As a foster parent, I advocate at home. I advocate at school. I’ve talked with coaches, dance instructors, and other parents about the challenges kids with trauma face in foster care. I make sure our friends and extended family members know how to respond when the children in my …

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Family Visits in Foster Care: Big Emotions and Hard Behaviors

Oct 18, 2016

by Mary Beth Hadley, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley  I was transporting a child to his foster home following a family visit when, about halfway home, he erupted into a temper tantrum in the car. It was significant enough that I needed to pull over …

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