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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

For 2020, 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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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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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SAFY Helps to Spread Awareness for Youth Victims of Domestic Violence

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Facts about dating abuse and teen violence, domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24. Other alarming facts include: Nearly 20.9% of female high school students and 13.4% of male high school students report being …

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