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Between Families – August 2023

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Back to School Four Tips for Foster Parents As summer break rolls to a close, students nationwide are gearing up for a new school year. But for youth in foster care, this can be an incredibly different experience. Some youths return to the same school for the first time living in a different home. Others…

Between Families – July 2023

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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…

Between Families – June 2023

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It Takes a Village! As you all probably know, June is Family Reunification Month. We celebrate all the families that have reunited because of the work that you have done with their children and the work they have done to become better parents. You all have put families back together, helped birth parents through the…

Between Families – April 2023

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Springtime is Here! It’s April, and the kids are excited about things to do outside in the sun and fresh air. It doesn’t have to cost money to do something fun. Here are a few ideas: It isn’t always about what you do; it is usually just that you do it together. The children we…

Between Families – March 2023

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March is National Social Work Appreciation Month! Social Work Appreciation Month is here! TFI invites you to join us as we celebrate our social workers! Tell your worker you appreciate them this month, as we know they deserve it! WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH Kansas Care Provider of the Month Ashlee and Earl…

Between Families – February 2023

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Help Us Find More People Like YOU! If you haven’t seen this already, the Marketing Team at TFI is asking our beloved foster parents to take a quick survey so that we can find more lovely foster parents JUST LIKE YOU! To find folks as lovely as you, we need to find out a little…

Between Families – January 2023

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Saying “Goodbye” to a Child in Foster Care There are so many positives in the overall fostering experience, but it also comes with several unique challenges. One such challenge is the often inevitable issue of saying goodbye to a foster child. Unlike adoption, fostering often comes with an ending point; either as a child ages…

Between Families – December 2022

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The Holidays in Foster Care Prepare the foster youth in your care for the holidays in your home. Have a discussion with them about your family’s holiday customs. Do you celebrate over multiple days, or is there one “main” celebration? Are there religious customs? Will gifts be exchanged? What should they wear? Who will they…

Between Families – November 2022

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A Day to Celebrate November is National Adoption Month, and in honor of that, we would love to share an adoption story we collected this month…. Morgan and Brayden Fisher were in foster care for a total of 2,552 days. They were officially adopted together by Jason and Kelsey Stock. The Stock’s have three biological…

Between Families – October 2022

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Ten Halloween Safety Tips Halloween is just around the corner and hopefully you have your costumes picked out! Before your night of trick-or-treating fun, consider these safety tips! 1. Never let your kids go inside a home to accept candy. 2. If your child’s costume requires a sword or weapon, make sure they know not to swing…

Between Families – September 2022

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Self Care Tips for Foster Parents Are you a foster parent in the trenches of foster care and feeling worn out? Use these self care tips for foster parents to keep yourself going strong and able to care for your foster child. Foster care is challenging for the entire family, especially the foster parents who are the daily…

Between Families – August 2022

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Helping Your Kids With Holidays & Birthdays As foster parents, it can sometimes be easy to understand why birthdays and holidays would be difficult for foster children. While these children are in a safe, stable environment for the holidays, many of their childhoods were not filled with gifts and celebration. Providing a positive, open environment…

Between Families – July 2022

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New Perk for TFI Foster Parents Building lasting memories with family and friends helps you recharge. TFI wants to help this be possible and more affordable for our foster families. This month we have  been approved to extend a benefit that can help make traveling and having family fun days more affordable for our foster families….

Between Families – June 2022

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June is National Reunification Month It’s June and that means National Family Reunification month is upon us. This is an exciting time to celebrate the safe healing of families and the opportunity for children to return home to the people who love them! Foster parents are such an important part of the reunification process. By…

Between Families – May 2022

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May is National Foster Care Month It is a month during which the community is reminded of this largely silent population that lives hiding in plain sight. Why May?May is the fifth month of our calendar. It hides right in the calendar, much like foster families live right in our communities but are often unseen….