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Between Families – October 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Happy (Socially-Distanced) Halloween! It’s October and fall is finally in the air after a long, hot summer. While last year’s Halloween did not involve much Trick-or-Treating due to COVID-19, this year there is hope that your children will be able to ring doorbells, say Boo, and get some treats. Here are a few tips…

Between Families – September 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Creating a Safe & Open Home Environment The need to feel secure and stable at home is important to everyone, but children especially need to feel this. Having a place where they are physically, socially, and emotionally secure is imperative for healthy development and a successful future. Children who feel a connection with their…

Between Families – August 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Back to School Just like that Summer is nearly over! Here are some helpful tips to help prepare foster children for their return to school. Make the return to school EXCITING! Ensure your child is aware of the opportunities at school that will be available, especially activities and interests specific to the child. If he…

Between Families – July 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Heat Safety Awareness During the summer months, a child left in a hot car can die of heatstroke very quickly. Dozens of U.S. children lose their lives this way each year, but these tragedies can be prevented. Here is what parents need to know about the danger of hot cars, and steps they can…

Between Families – June 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Summer Fun! June is upon us! Fun in the sun! Vacations! No school! Travel! Where will you go? What will you do? You have the entire summer in front of you to explore, bond with your family and work towards a much-needed return to normalcy. Most of us are asking ourselves – what does,…

Between Families – May 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] National Foster Care Month Started in 1988, The U.S. government has issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month, celebrated in May, to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation. Foster care intends to provide a safe environment for children and youth who temporarily cannot live with their families. Foster…

Between Families – April 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month Child abuse can exist in multiple forms: sexual, emotional, and neglect. In the past year, it’s estimated 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year. Of the cases, 78 percent included the parent as being involved in the substantiated abuse. In…

Between Families – March 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Spring is Around the Corner! The long, cold days of winter are soon going to be gone (we hope), and spring is in the air. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the first warm day of the season or seeing the early flowers poking up through the ground. Especially this season with the cold weather…

Between Families – February 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Happy Valentine’s Day from TFI! Prior to Covid-19, Valentine’s Day was an exciting time for our children. They could share treats with their daycare friends, exchange adorable Valentine’s cards with their elementary school classmates, and show their adoration for their high school crush by slipping a note into their locker. While lockdown restrictions have…

Between Families – January 2021

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus Pro Tips from Homeschoolers An unprecedented number of schools are closed for several weeks, a period that could be extended. Tens of millions of the nation’s K-12 students are out of school and parents are being asked to step in to support their learning. That’s a huge challenge….

Between Families – December 2020

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Indoor Activities to Keep Kids Entertained at Home Given the possibility of a twindemic — or the potential convergence of our annual flu season, which lasts from December to February in the US, with an expected “second wave” of coronavirus cases — we’re planning on staying indoors as much as possible this winter. Of course,…

Between Families – November 2020

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Being a Foster Parent During the Holidays As foster parents, it can sometimes be easy to understand why the 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 – October 2020

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 13 Fall Family Activities Safe from COVID-19 Fall is in the air! The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to turn, and the weather is becoming crisper. This year, many autumn traditions like apple picking, hay mazes and harvest fairs are postponed or reimagined due to the pandemic. But that should not…

Between Families – September 2020

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] TFI Celebrates Grandparents Day! Nanna, Poppa, Meemaw, Pops, Granny, Gramps – the names for Grandparents are endless. Whatever our families call them, Grandparents should be celebrated and appreciated. On September 13, 2020 we will celebrate National Grandparents Day here in the United States. This day is meant to remind us to show love and…

Between Families-August 2020

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  TFI Launches Foster Family Portal and Phone App TFI and Foster Care Technologies are extremely excited to announce the development and implementation of the Foster Family Portal. The Foster Family Portal is both a desktop and mobile application that will allow the sharing of documents and information between TFI and our foster families. The…