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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…
Fun Activities That Will Strengthen Your Family Bond

Between Families – November 2018

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Fun Activities That Will Strengthen Your Family Bond As the holiday season approaches, many of the members of your family will be going in different directions attending parties, school programs, and any additional extracurricular activities your children participate in. We wanted to offer ideas to incorporate into your routines as a family; the activities are…

Between Families – October 2018

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Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). ALL DRESSED UP: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and…
Suicide Prevention

Between Families – September 2018

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Suicide Prevention September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Each year over 41,000 individuals die by suicide. The focus of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is to reach out to those who have lost loved ones to suicide and promote resources available to prevent suicide. Children in foster care are at increased risk for suicide….
August Newsletter-back to school

Between Families – August 2018

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Back to School Back to school time can be exciting, yet challenging for children and youth in the foster care system. There are many things that you as a foster parent can do to help the process run smoothly. If your child will be new to the school, try to schedule a time to take…

July 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

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Summer Time Fun

June means the end of the school year, and with it, a lot of kids without much to do. While many people imagine summer vacation being a bunch of lazy days, the fact is most parents have to work and worry about what they’ll do to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. The following Tips for Parents will help you plan fun summer activities for your kids.

June 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

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Self-care: Do it for yourself, your family, and your kids

If resource parents had a motto, it might be “children first.” Or perhaps “children and their families first.” Either would be fitting. Foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers do what they do because they want to see children and their families heal and thrive

April 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month began as a reaction to increased public awareness of child abuse throughout the 1970’s. As a result, Ronald Reagan declared April National Child Abuse Prevention month in 1983. The goal was to increase understanding of what contributes to the prevalence of child abuse and, more importantly, how to prevent it.
Spring Break

March 2018 – Between Families Newsletter

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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

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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.

December 2017 – Between Families Newsletter

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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

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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.