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12 Fun Fall Family Activities

Between Families – October 2019

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12 Fun Fall Family Activities I’ll be the first to admit that out of all the seasons, summer is my favorite. But come September, when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, my thoughts turn to all things fall. There’s just something about a bluebird sky, crisp air and a vibrant palette of…

What Do Foster Kids Need?

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If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, it can seem a bit overwhelming. There are many unknowns in the process, and, usually, new parents are most worried about whether they’ll be able to meet the needs of the children placed in their home. Well, it may not be as complicated as you think. Here are…
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Between Families – September 2019

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10 Tips for Helping Children and Teens Develop Resilience We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to building resilience. Make connections Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of…
Between Families - August 2019 Back to School

Between Families – August 2019

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Back to school can be an exciting time for kids! They get back into routine, they can share about what they did on their summer vacation and the fun trips they took. They get to model new clothes (at least the girls!) and hang out with their friends. But if you are a child in…
Leave Fireworks to the Experts

Between Families – July 2019

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Leave Fireworks to the Experts Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe. If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live…
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Between Families – June 2019

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Keep Kids Engaged This Summer! Finding ways to keep kids engaged in activities can sometimes seem like a challenge for parents and caregivers or financial restraints for summer care of children can deter parents from seeking out activities. On the flip side, some parents may find that they have overscheduled their children for the summer…

2019 Day at the K was a Homerun!

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This year’s Foster Parent Appreciation “Day at the K” was a wonderful event filled with food, fun and families!  Held on Saturday, May 11, TFI Foster Care Families and staff enjoyed an authentic tailgate party prior to the KC Royals game with hot dogs, burgers, pizza, drinks and dessert!  Children of all ages had their…
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Between Families – May 2019

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Make Reading a Priority One of the most important gifts you can give your child this summer is the ability to enjoy reading. Some children are naturally eager readers; however, others would never associate “reading” and “fun”. For those children, we must pull out all the stops to foster a love of reading. It is…
Child Abuse Prevention Month-April

Between Families – April 2019

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Foster parents play a big role in keeping children safe and helping them to heal from abuse, neglect and trauma they have experienced and are vested in preventing abuse from occurring in the first place. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau publishes a Resource…
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Between Families – March 2019

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Spring vacation is a time for families to recharge, get ready for the home stretch of the school year, and have some fun with healthy activities. Whether you’re planning to take it easy at home during spring break or take a fun family trip, here are ideas for activities to do with your kids. Play…
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Between Families – February 2019

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Making Your Foster Child Feel Loved This Valentine’s Day Showing your foster children that they are loved is important every day, but even more so on a day as special as Valentine’s Day. Holidays like these offer ideal opportunities to create special memories your foster child can cherish for life. Here are a few ideas…
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Between Families – January 2019

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When the winter weather arrives, it can be challenging if you’re an active family who likes to partake in sports and other outdoor activities. Even though winter marks the end of the season of football, baseball, soccer, and swimming at the neighborhood pool, there are plenty of things you can do to help your kids…
Foster Care and the Holidays

Between Families – December 2018

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Foster Care and the Holidays The stockings are hung, by the chimney with care, in hopes that…In hopes of what? For many children who have been placed into the foster care system, they have come from homes where there was no Christmas, there was no hope. They have come from families that did not celebrate…
Giving Tuesday 2018

Between Families – Giving Tuesday

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In 2012, #GivingTuesday was created to kickoff the charitable season following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration. We at TFI would like you to join us in donating to the our cause, foster children, and share your #GivingTuesday donations and stories with your friends on…