Entries by Louise Desmarteau

October 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Four colleges offer support for students from foster care

Briana Drummer is a junior at Temple University. Once in foster care, she’s now helping others who have also been in the system.

Briana Drummer was 7-years-old when she and her four brothers were taken from her mother and placed in foster care.

September 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

The Parent Coach Plan

A great resource for foster parents as well as children can be located at www.parentcoachplan.com. This can be applied to all ages and there are many more topics to choose from on the website. This allows the parent as well as the child to engage in the development of the contract which can ensure more success for you as well as the child! They are Parent/Coach Child Contracts

August 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

How Can We Help Kids With Transitions?

With the right support, children can learn to change gears without whining and tantrums.

Many children struggle with transitions, which are common triggers for behaviors that range from annoying (whining, stalling) to upsetting (tantrums and meltdowns).

July 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

A reminder of why we do what we do

RICHMOND — Elexis Webster was just 14 years old when she landed in foster care, after being discovered by police living in a car somewhere near Hayward.

She spent years homeless and impoverished and missed three grades. But this week, Elexis’ resilience and determination was on full display as she graduated third in her class with a 4.6 GPA from Kennedy High School in Richmond. She will attend UC San Diego in the fall.

May 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Slow Down And Celebrate The Holidays!

TFI is pleased to join in the National Foster Care Month recognition. Every May, we honor foster parents and foster care workers for the work you do to heal the trauma of abuse, neglect and separation. This month, TFI will focus on thanking you and celebrating your willingness to answer the call to foster. Check out our Facebook page for information throughout the month.

April 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Using Service Projects to Help Kids Transition to Spring

Spring can be a challenge for parents and children as school is coming to an end, the weather can be unpredictable which can be boring for all. An idea for the spring season is engaging your children in opportunities to serve others. Service projects can assist the elderly, civic organizations, church groups, and more. Being of service to the community provides children with the opportunity to be responsible, engaged, demonstrates compassion, and shows them they can make a difference.

March 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Spring Is In The Air!

As spring approaches and the weather improves; it’s a great opportunity for a fresh start with family relationships. The days get just a little longer and then there’s the fun of spring break to take time for creating family memories. Spending time doing things you both enjoy is a great way to help attachments form with children in your home. Here are some tips for fun spring time activities to do together with children of all ages that can help strengthen family bonds.