Traumatized Children Don’t Need More Toys

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Traumatized Children Need Family Bonding Time Most of us are very sensitive to the needs of foster children. We want to heal them, rescue them, offer them the best of the best because we know their lives have been too hard - too much for such young souls. But, when it comes to traumatized children, too many gifts can trigger disregulation. When holocaust survivors were … [Read more...]

Claiming the Federal Adoption Credit

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FEDERAL FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS! Did you, or someone you know, adopt a child from the foster care system in 2011? If so, you may be eligible for a $13,360 refund per adopted child from the IRS -- so long as it is claimed before April 15, 2015 – less than five months from now. Many families are not aware that they are eligible for these funds, and are … [Read more...]

Volunteerism: Help Foster Children Even If You’re Not Fostering

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An easy way to help foster children through volunteerism This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Over six years ago, I received a life-changing phone call: "We have an 8-month-old baby boy for foster only." I had no idea how to care for an infant! (When pregnant, you have at least 8 months to prepare.) The … [Read more...]

Must Read: Former Foster Kid Jimmy Wayne’s Biography

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Country music artist, Jimmy Wayne, has been a strong advocate for youth aging out of foster care -- because he was one of them.  In Jimmy Wayne's biography, WALK TO BEAUTIFUL: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, he details his chaotic childhood of abandonment, homelessness, and juvenile delinquency. As a young child, he witnessed more than many … [Read more...]

If We Don’t Help, Who Will?

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After learning about another child abuse case, from a family whom I used to know, I felt exhausted. I felt tired of the weight of such sadness... But my heart caught up with my mind, and I thought, "We either pretend these horrible stories don't exist or we do something about it. Because, if we don't help, who will?" I read about it, I heard of it, foster care is hard! … [Read more...]