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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month | SAFY

SAFY Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

SAFY Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Did you know that National Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and runs through October 15? According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website, the initiative dates back to 1968, when U.S. President Lyndon Johnson announced Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan extended it to a month-long celebration in 1988. …

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National Foster Care Month Celebrates Foster Parents and Families

What led you to become a foster parent? The question was posed to a variety of people from different ages and backgrounds — single, married, widowed or divorced. “We wanted to expand our family,” said the married couple after years of infertility challenges. “We wanted to start a family,” said the same-sex couple. “I have …

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Creating holiday traditions for foster youth

Creating Holiday Traditions With Foster Children in Your Care

Children in foster care often have different holiday experiences than their peers as they are away from their homes, families and people they love. It can be hard for them to find meaning and joy during the holidays. As a foster parent, you might notice your foster child experiencing more challenges during this time of …

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Help foster youth find meaning and joy during the holidays

How to Help Foster Youth Find Meaning and Joy During the Holidays

There’s nothing like experiencing the magic of the holiday season through the eyes of a child, but imagine being a child and spending the holidays with unfamiliar faces instead of your relatives. This holiday season, over 400,000 children in the United States will be away from family as they spend the holidays in foster care. …

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National Adoption Awareness Month: More Children Need Loving Families

Did you know around 7 million Americans in the United States are adopted? People choose to adopt for a variety of reasons, including completing their existing family, wanting to give a foster child a forever family or not being able to have biological children of their own. There are many things to consider when deciding …

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Fostering youth who have been victims of abuse

Fostering Youth Who Have Been Victims or Witnesses of Abuse

Most youth in the foster care system have experienced difficult home lives and many have been exposed to acts of abuse. This abuse comes in many forms including physical, emotional and sexual abuse. This can leave foster care youth with conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavioral disorders and other mental or physical conditions due …

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