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Fostering a child with PTSD

Tips for Parenting a Child or Foster Child with PTSD

Parenting is a challenge under the best circumstances, so when your child is experiencing trauma or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can be especially difficult to understand how to help them heal, grow and thrive at home. But with a little understanding and a lot of love, you can make an impact. Defining Trauma and …

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Teenage Driver

Tips for Buying First Car for Foster Youth

A teenager’s first car is a serious consideration. Whether you’re a biological parent, step parent, adoptive parent, foster parent or caring adult, when it comes to young people getting behind the wheel, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Rather than automatically handing off an older-model family car for your child to use, or letting …

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Tips for Parents and Foster Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities

March celebrates Development Disabilities Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of children between the ages of 3-17 diagnosed with a developmental disability has increased. It’s important to remember that every child develops at his or her own pace. If you are a parent or foster parent of an …

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Help Your Teen Set Dating Boundaries

Parent Tips for Helping Your Teen Set Boundaries with Their Dating Partner

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every year, about 1.5 million high school students (one of every three students) across the U.S. experience physical abuse from their dating partner. Abuse can occur in physical verbal, emotional, sexual and digital forms. Both males and females are at risk to be victims of abuse or to …

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Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence: When and How Relationships Become Damaging and Unhealthy

There’s an epidemic among teens and young adults, one that’s obvious in some respects and yet hiding in plain sight. It’s a phenomenon that’s easy to ignore, minimize or pretend isn’t happening, yet also so widespread and pervasive that it’s alarming. We’re referring to a dating relationship between young partners that morphs into a damaging …

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November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month

This year marks the 23rd annual observance of November as National Adoption Month, an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding among those who recognize that adoption can be a viable option for an estimated 118,000 children in foster care who are awaiting permanent placement with a forever family. The first statewide initiative along these lines …

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