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We live a step ahead in foster care (whenever possible- we also fly by the seat of our pants a good deal of the time as plan A yields to plans B, C, D, etc).
Though it is just November, our eyes are trained on December, a month of so many holidays, celebrations, and gatherings.
This year, we invite you, our Foster Friends of JRI, to set a festive tone for the season. On December
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Tables laden with wares form a rectangle. At the center, our staff members stand wearing brightly colored, holiday-themed clothing. Ugly sweaters have found their home here, much to the delight of our young patrons.
Each table has a theme. Household items here, baby toys there, beauty products on one table, sports memorabilia on another. Young people start lining up well in advance of the opening. They clutch their tickets in eager hands and crane their
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Many folks want to support foster care, but aren’t in a position to open their homes to a child or youth in care.
Is it still possible to help? Absolutely! Here are ten ways you can step forward to support foster care.
- Hire a Youth in Care
Are you a small business owner or manager? Do you hire for summer/after school/weekend work? Reach out to your local fostering agency and submit a job description. If
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May is National Foster Care Month.
What does that mean? Why does it exist?
It isn’t a celebration of foster care. Foster care occurs when families do not have the supports they need to safely keep children in their homes, so that’s not something for which we should break out the party hats.
What is National Foster Care Month all about?
National Foster Care Month is a time to bring the conversation of foster care
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It is a term that is used often in foster care, right from the first MAPP class and all along. There’s good reason, too. Humans thrive on structure- a predictable routine and environment of known factors. For children and youth who have experienced countless changes and trauma, structure helps reset the brain and allow it to regulate emotions, learning, and expectations.
That’s all fine and well, but if you’re new to the world of
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Dear Foster Friends of JRI,
You may have thought you were just purchasing a holiday gift for a child, something to brighten their Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa celebration. You may have thought it was a simple gesture to make them feel included and to check an item off a wishlist.
I’m here to tell you, every gift was so much more.
Foster Friends, your gift reinforced a child’s right to dream. Your gift was a
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Why JRI Foster Care?
According to our most recent foster family surveys, foster parents choose to work with JRI Foster Care because of the support they receive from our team and our agency. If you’ve never done foster care, it might be hard to know what you would need in terms of support and what to look for in an agency. Well, wonder no more! Here are the supports JRI Foster Care provides and why
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As 2020 winds down, we all know that it has been a tumultuous year. But despite the difficulties we have faced, I know there are people we can call, day or night, when a child is in trouble.
They are the caretakers who open their homes when the courts order a child removed from their home for their own protection — perhaps because a parent or guardian has been arrested for drugs or violence
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“Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths.” –Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer
There are days and nights when we all feel alone. Our staff, our children, our foster parents, our biological parents…Probably even the judges presiding over these fragile lives feel alone.
But we never are. Not a single one of us. And we shouldn’t be.
We are part of a caring community. We are surrounded by friends