Honoring Family Connections

To Search or Not to Search

Making the decision to initiate a search is often a critical turning point in the life of an adopted person. There are many possible outcomes when you decide to search. The decision to search is a personal decision that requires a great deal of thought, questions and personal reflections. This tip sheet will highlight some key questions for your consideration.

Planning Ahead: Working Together for Successful Interactions

Dealing with transitions can be tough for a child in out of home care. It can also be difficult for the foster parent to deal with behaviors after a transition or visit. Included are some helpful tips to help you prepare yourself and the child in your home for visits and tips on what to do after the visit to promote communication.

Changing Role of Caregivers: Grandparents

Many children that come into care are cared for by grandparents or other relatives. This can have a lot of mixed feelings for the relative caregiver and for the child in care. As a grandparent, you may have a lot of questions about caring for your grandchild and being in this new role. This tip sheet includes some ideas to help ease this transition for you, your spouse, child, and grandchild and how to navigate the court process and resources available to you.

Talking to Your Children about Their Birth Parents

Talking with your adopted child about birth families can be overwhelming for a parent; not knowing how to start a conversation, not knowing if you will have all the answers, or being nervous about your child’s response. Included are some ideas and suggestions on how to have these, sometimes tough, conversations with your child and strengthen the bond you have with them.

Shared Parenting: Putting the Needs of Children First

As a foster parent, you play a key role in keeping children in care connected with their families. Recognizing the strengths of their parents will go a long way in helping you to build and maintain positive relationships. Shared parenting is not always easy because it requires you and the child’s family to work together. By working together, you are helping children to meet their identified needs.

Life Books: A Lifelong Priceless Treasure

Life books are a great way to offer youth in care a connection to their past and their personal story. This tip sheet includes ideas of what to include, who to contact for information, and resources to help you and the child in your home create and personalize their very own life book.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Children you Foster

Celebrating the holiday season can be a great way to bond with the child in care in your home. However, it also might be a sad time for them being away from their birth family. This tip sheet includes some ways to help prepare the child in your home for your family traditions, include some of their family traditions into yours, and ways for them to feel connected to their birth families.

Sustaining & Strengthening the Sibling Bond

Making the commitment to help siblings in out-of-home care keep in contact with one another can go a long way in lessening the trauma they may be facing – and help ensure a better experience for children in care.

Navigating Family Relationships as a Relative Caregiver

Anytime a new person joins a household, there will be changes in the family dynamic. These changes can be positive and can enrich the relationships between all involved, but there may also be some challenges and mixed feelings, too. In this tip sheet, we’ll discuss some of the possible situations you may encounter as a relative caregiver, as well as some ideas to help you and your whole family navigate the changing roles.

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