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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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How to Help Our Children Channel Feelings of Disappointment Into Feelings of Gratitude

The last few months have challenged us mentally, physically and spiritually. When you made those new year’s resolutions just five months ago, chances are not one involved socially distancing or homeschooling kids. In fact, social distancing, pandemic and coronavirus weren’t even parts of everyday language and COVID-19 was just a series of random letters and …

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Signs and Symptoms of Grief | SAFY

Recognizing Signs of Grief and Loss During Social Isolation and Quarantine

Just a few short months ago, families were counting the days until spring break, celebrating Valentine’s Day or arranging carpools for spring sports practices. There were no worries about spending time with friends after school or running to the grocery store. Social distancing and PPE were words not used in everyday conversation. Fast forward to …

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Reasons to be a foster parent | SAFY

SAFY Offers 8 Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

What are some reasons to become a foster parent? 1. See the world from a different perspective. Foster parents are as unique as the children they foster. Every child offers a fresh look at the world. Some parents choose to foster teenage girls, while others may foster medically-fragile infants. (Specialized training is offered and required …

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Parenting New Year’s Resolutions | SAFY

Try These Parenting New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep!

Every January I begin the new year with good intentions. Every year I also break more resolutions than I manage to keep. Do you find yourself doing the same thing? As parents, it’s not unusual to find ourselves questioning decisions we’ve made about our children, rethinking situations we might have handled differently, or even wishing …

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Parenting a suicidal child

How Parents, Foster Parents and Caregivers Can Help a Child Who Has Tried or Threatened to Commit Suicide

A child committing suicide is a parent’s worst nightmare. The tragedy of suicide can strike anyone, but some populations are at a higher risk of committing suicide than others. Foster youth are more than two times as likely to have seriously contemplated suicide and about four times as likely to have attempted suicide than other …

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Back to school tips

Back to School Tips for Parents, Foster Parents and Caregivers

As soon as the calendar flips to August, you can practically hear the wheels of the bus go round and round as children begin to head back to school. Each school year brings with it new possibilities and opportunities for growth. It’s also a time of year that can be challenging for children and parents …

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