March 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

Spring Break

Spring Break is quickly approaching; with that comes the stress of keeping many children occupied and happy! Most of us are operating on a budget which requires a Spring Break “Staycation”. Here is a list of ideas that could help generate ideas for your family to have a successful Spring Break this year!

February 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

Allegations Happen:
How to Prevent and Survive Them

Foster and adoptive families who have lots of children, including children of different races, and who have been fostering for a long time are at greater risk of being reported for alleged abuse. All families who care for children with special needs face some risk, and every parent can take steps to keep situations from turning into allegations. Below are some ideas for parents to consider.

January 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

Life Changing New Year Resolutions Every Foster Parent Should Make

Foster parenting is both a worthwhile endeavor and a tough job. Make some resolutions that will make it even more rewarding and life changing in the new year.

December 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Reasons to be thankful and have a gratitude list..
The cost of gratitude

Today, I’m aware of the fact that life is better than I deserve, which is saying something these days. The world is full of pain and suffering, hardship and turmoil, disappointment and regret. So the fact that I can be thankful and mean it is, in its own way, a small miracle.

November 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

10 Ways to Help Foster and Adopted Kids Through the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner! For many this is a time that is relished – spent with family, decorations, good food, and a feeling of warmth. But for many foster and adoptive children, this is a time that brings up questions and tough feelings. Below are some tips on helping your foster or adopted child through the holidays.

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 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.

June 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

Summer Time Safety

Summer has arrived and it’s time to enjoy the lazy days, picnics, swimming, biking, visits to the park, and more. Here are a few simple reminders can make your summer a safe one.