It’s Time to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone -10 Ways to Encourage Bonding with Birth Families

If you have a foster child working toward reunification, or if you’re an adoptive parent wanting to continue a relationship with your child’s birth family, there are many easy ways to foster a bonding environment. I know it can feel quite intimidating, but the benefits for your foster or adoptive child will be immeasurable. Wondering how? I’ll give you ten easy steps to get started.

Top 5 Ways You Can Serve a Foster Family Today

Are you looking for practical ways you can help serve the foster care community? Do you want to make a HUGE difference? Whether it’s a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor, or someone at your church, many know and have foster families in their sphere of influence, and they need your help! Here are five easy ways to start serving today.

How do I Create a Cool Down Spot?

Learning to recognize and regain control over strong emotions, before they escalate, is an essential life skill we all need. One of the many tools to help children learn this technique is by utilizing a cool down spot. Much like an adult who walks away when they are escalating to perform some deep breathing, a child can use these same techniques.  As we teach and model for our children what works for us, a cool down spot can help them learn what works for them.

How to De-escalate a Meltdown

Knowing what to do during a meltdown will help you avoid unnecessary stress, provide a great opportunity to strengthen and deepen your relationship with your child as you shower them with unconditional love, and guide your child in making more positive choices as they learn to respond to stressful situations. We’ll review each stage and offer some techniques that can be useful in helping you de-escalate a meltdown.          

What is RAD?

RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder is something many new foster and adoptive parents have never heard of.  Frequently popping up in foster care and adoption social networking groups, it's evident that this is something we should all be trained to understand better.

Why Foster?

The reasons to foster are many, but ultimately the need is great, and the positive impact you can have on generations to come is immeasurably great.