Celebrating Representation with Black History Month, and Why it Matters to Children and Youth Experiencing Foster Care

Helping Youth Experiencing Foster Care Have Loving Homes This Holiday Season and Throughout The Year

“Home for the holidays” is a phrase that brings up images of nostalgia, warm holiday decorations, and families gathered around a cozy fire. It’s warm and fuzzy, and an experience that all children deserve to have. As we approach the 2021 holiday season, the need for loving foster families to open their homes to youth …

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Celebrating the Women Trailblazers in Social Work and Child Welfare

            Jenna Coleman, LCSW, is the Executive Director of Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Colorado , where she oversees clinical and business operations in the provision of care for the state’s families and children.   It seems like no coincidence that March celebrates both Women’s History Month …

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PTSD in Foster Care

The Prevalence of PTSD in Foster Care Youth

Did you know about one in four youth in foster care will experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms? Former foster children are also twice as likely as U.S. war veterans to experience PTSD in adulthood. For young people suffering with PTSD, it is a continuous challenge that can be a debilitating mental illness when undiagnosed. …

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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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