Visit Days

Visit Days

 We all know birth family visits can bring out lots of big feelings for our kids. For some, there is happiness and anticipation. But for most, the experience is more conflicting. As foster parents, we most often see this in our kids’ behaviors in the hours leading up...

A Bittersweet Chapter

A Bittersweet Chapter

'by The R Family, Restore Network Foster Family who reunified this sweet baby with his family a few days after Christmas The journey continues for our baby boy and this next chapter is so bittersweet. Our sweet P has gone home to his dad. He now gets the privilege of...

Monroe County: ONE YEAR!

Monroe County: ONE YEAR!

'by Heather White, Monroe County Coordinator The Restore Network has walked with us from the beginning of our fostering/adoption journey.  We joined the Restore Network shortly after attending the annual banquet and hearing our friends’ testimony of their fostering...

Monroe County: ONE YEAR!

Monroe County: ONE YEAR!

'by Christina Robinson, Monroe County Director 2020 has not been the year anyone expected, but during all that has come this year there is much I am thankful for.  Since my husband and I were first introduced to The Restore Network at a 101 class in 2016 we felt like...

Holiday Tip #5: Practice Outside the Moment

Holiday Tip #5: Practice Outside the Moment

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care We’ve talked a little bit in this space about making life predictable for our children and how important it is to communicate with them about the things they will experience-especially when new. You can take that...

Holiday Tip #4: Share Control

Holiday Tip #4: Share Control

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Do you have a child who sabotages big days? Or at least maybe it feels that way sometimes? There are many reasons why this might be. We’ve talked about a few of them so far: feelings of grief and loss, sensory...

Holiday Tip #3:  Predictability & Structure

Holiday Tip #3: Predictability & Structure

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Listen I know. It’s getting harder to predict what’s going to happen next in 2020 and our sense of perceived control—gone, right? What will the holidays even look like this year?? We all do better when we think we...

St. Clair County: 5 Year Anniversary

St. Clair County: 5 Year Anniversary

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Restore Network has been working in St. Clair county for 5 YEARS! I cannot believe it has already been that long and yet for me, it seems like a lifetime in the making. When I started taking children into my home in...

Holiday Tip #2:  Simplify

Holiday Tip #2: Simplify

If you are a foster parent, you are raising a child who has experienced significant relational harm. Because of this, their bodies and brains are wired differently, and the overwhelming hustle and bustle of the holiday season can just be too much. While the child in...

Holiday Tip #1: Sad Looks Mad

Holiday Tip #1: Sad Looks Mad

So, this year the holidays may end up looking a bit different than we're used to, right? Maybe you’re excited about the opportunity to try out some new traditions or have a more simplified season. Or maybe you’re grieving the changes and wish you could go back to the...

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