Food Insecurities in Foster Children…Summertime can be a hard time for children who don’t have access to school lunches. When children are not fed reliably, must compete for food, or do not get enough food, this can lead to an anxious relationship with food and can also lead to foster children hoarding food when it is available to them. If you are struggling with a new foster child who is hoarding food due to past food insecurities, we have some ways to support them on this:
- A ‘yes box’ of food can be filled with simple shelf-stable snacks like popcorn, pop tarts, granola bars, etc. so a child can learn to regulate as he/she feels comfortable.
- Consider getting some sealable containers, putting snacks in them, and storing them in the child’s room. The child will likely hoard, so this way you can eliminate shame and prevent pests.
- Have a printed schedule of snacks and mealtimes so the child always knows when they will eat next.
- Allow the child to help pick out meals or snacks so they have control over their food.
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June is National Family Reunification MonthThis year, TFI celebrated National Reunification Month by displaying a pinwheel for each child reunified with their family through the TFI Family Services’ Case Management program last year. The pinwheel represents the child, and yellow represents the joy of family reunification. Celebrating these families brings a smile to all our faces!
A NOTE FROM OUR FUND DEVELOPMENT TEAMSweet summertime! With the heat, our events tend to slow down but we get to have some time to talk with donors and build relationships. We’re diving into planning for the fall and preparing ways to help kids receive support for back-to-school items. We want to hear from you! Please reach out if you have ideas for creative ways to get kids the resources they need. We hope you have a great summer and have some downtime with family – please don’t hesitate to reach out to Steven or Sheila if you have any contacts, questions or fun stories of generosity. Kansas/Nebraska: Sheila Kearney | 785-213-6161 | email@example.com Texas/Oklahoma: Steven Mandeville | 918-894-8727 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are our foster parents celebrating a milestone anniversary as a TFI Foster Parent! We love having you as part of Team TFI!
26 years William & Nancy Weigant
23 years Betty Cockhearn
19 years Orlando & Sheila Garza Jesse & Barbara McCarley
13 years Matt & Shelly Bradford
11 years Jennie Copper (Steele) Jesse & Kara Larimore
5 years Christopher & Quinn Jacobs Misty Snow
1 year Ronald & Loretta Bailey Joe & Michelle Cooper Acy & Taylor Downs Rhett & Holly Dubiel Stuart & Melissa Funk Samuel & Ashton Gray Matthey & Savannah Gustin Ronald & Jackie Hale David & Melinda Loera Micheayla McClain & Morgan Commodore Kenneth & Lorrie Newton Jeremiah & Jennifer Overall