Surviving Large Gatherings & Preparing Your People

Surviving Large Gatherings & Preparing Your People

Often times, holidays and celebrations are a time of the year in which you are more likely to gather with larger groups of extended family and friends. Again, this might be your favorite part of the season. But let’s see it from your child’s perspective: -new...

Understanding Compassion Fatigue & Burn Out

Understanding Compassion Fatigue & Burn Out

I know you started out in this journey to foster care likely with an open heart and well meaning. You wanted to enrich the life of a child who might need you. You wanted to answer God’s call to care for the vulnerable. Maybe you stepped into this journey to meet the...

Why Traditional Parenting Might Not Work

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care   Before we take a look at new ways of engaging our children during moments of behavioral challenge, we first have to acknowledge that the parenting playbook for our children will likely need to look different...

Helping Your Kids in the Summer When School is Out

Helping Your Kids in the Summer When School is Out

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care   My kids have been out of school since last week and I am excited about the change in routine for us! Sleeping in, sunshine, lots of free time! Let’s go summer!! Even typing this makes me laugh, because there...

The Roller Coaster

The Roller Coaster

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care I think a pretty good analogy for the foster care system is that of being on a roller coaster, right? So many ups and downs and twists and turns. It’s so easy to get on that roller coaster. For birth family members...

Back to School

Back to School

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care When my boys first came to me, they were several grade levels behind academically. Their records indicated they had missed a substantial amount of the previous school year and from what I could tell, homework and...

Classroom Regulation Strategies

Classroom Regulation Strategies

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Keeping your kiddo regulated in the classroom can be tough! But it's a key component to helping them succeed. Here are a few easy ideas to consider talking to your teacher about if you have a kiddo who is struggling....

Avoiding After School Meltdowns

Avoiding After School Meltdowns

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Let's face it, the after school meltdown can be REAL. Your kiddos have done their best to listen to other adults all day, stay seated when they want to move around, take turns, engage social situations, and learn all...

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