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...

Teaching Children to Play

Teaching Children to Play

“He gets bored easily.” “She’s always asking me to play with her.” “He has trouble finding something to do and then just bothers everyone else instead.” “I need her to play on her own sometimes and she won’t.” We often hear these kinds of things from foster...

Favorite Podcasts

Favorite Podcasts

As Restore Network staff, we love podcasts! Here are some of our favorite ones for those of you who are doing the hard work of foster care and adoption ministry in your homes. Check them out and subscribe to a few-it's helpful to have voices of understanding and...

Regulation

Regulation

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care   When we welcome a child into our home through foster care, our primary job in those early days is to work on cultivating felt-safety in our homes. Meeting our child's need for safety, both physical and...

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...

Learning Empathy

Learning Empathy

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care Empathy begins in infancy. When you regularly meet the needs of your infant, you are actually teaching them that they matter, that you are able to put yourself in their shoes, and that you have the ability to help...

Seven Risk Factors

Seven Risk Factors

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care The Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development recognizes 7 risk factors for our children that can adversely affect their development. As you read below, consider how many of these factors are part of your child's...

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...

Life After Placement

Life After Placement

by Ashley Bennett, Director of Trauma-Informed Care What life might need to look like after saying YES and welcoming a new child? When you invite a child to join your family, you become a new family. Things that worked before may not work any more. Expectations might...

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