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How to Talk to Foster Adopted Children About Their Birth Parents

Children who’ve been adopted through the foster system usually come from troubled situations. Talking...

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How To Get Started in Foster Care

Around 425,000 children are in the United States foster care system. Unfortunately, in many...

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Keep Your Cool During the Foster Adoption Process

Being a parent is stressful, especially when a child in the family is a...

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Shasta County Support Services Make Foster Parenting Easier

With more than 62 thousand foster children in the California system, it is important...

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Help Your New Family Bond with Foster Care Adoption

In 2008, nearly 136 thousand children were adopted. Of these about 37 percent were...

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Foster Parenting in the Digital Age

Trying to protect a child in your home, whether they be biological, adopted or...

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Foster Care Agencies Provide Options for Caregivers

Raising children is no easy task, but when caring for someone else’s children, it...

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4 Myths About Foster Parenting

Foster parenting is quite a bit different than parenting biological children. For those who...

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True Success Stories of Foster Care

Too many times, we hear about negative things that happen in foster care, but...

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Discipline for Older Foster Children

Foster children frequently come from traumatic situations, where they’ve faced abuse, neglect, rejection, or...

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Preparing Your Home for Foster Parenting

So you want to become a foster parent? Whether you are planning to become...

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The First Day: How To Help a Foster Child Feel At Home

When a foster child comes to your home, it’s often a frightening and overwhelming...

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Helping Foster Children Overcome Eating Disorders

Some foster children have experienced the trauma of not having enough to eat. Others...

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How to Address Bullying, A Problem That Many Foster Children Face

Bullying is a prevalent problem in American schools. In 2015, almost a quarter of...

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Developmental Challenges That a Foster Child Might Face

Foster children enter the system when there’s been a traumatic situation in their family,...

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Helping a Foster Child Heal from Trauma

Whether you’re a foster parent or an adoptive parent, you may encounter a child...

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4 Huge Advantages to Adopting Locally

Now that you’ve decided to adopt, the next question is whether to adopt a...

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Foster Adopt in Shasta County

Foster parenting and foster adoption are noble undertakings. But they’re not for everyone. So...

Adjusting to Life After Foster Adoption in Shasta County

The decision to foster adopt in Shasta County is a life-changing decision—both for the...

Success Stories to Encourage Redding Parents Who Want to Foster Adopt

Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories and statistics of foster children gone bad. But...

How Foster Care Adoption in Shasta County Will Impact Homelessness

We see homeless people in Shasta County every day, but most people are unaware...

Facts and Myths About Foster Care in Shasta County

There are hundreds of children in foster care in Shasta County. These children have...

Shaping the World and Our Futures Through Foster Adoption in Shasta County

A foster child is defined as a child looked after temporarily or brought up...

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Important Qualifications to Foster Adopt in Shasta County

The practical requirements to foster adopt in Shasta County are mostly straightforward. You must...

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Foster Care Adoption: Advantages of Adopting through Foster Care in Shasta County

If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to know your options. The first decision you’ll...

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National Adoption Month: Why Shasta County Foster Adoption Is Important

Steve Jobs was adopted. So was Maya Angelou, Babe Ruth, President Gerald Ford, Nat...

Resources That Help After You Foster Adopt in Siskiyou County

If you’ve elected to foster adopt in Siskiyou County, we’re sure it was no...

Things to Know When Becoming Involved With Tehama County Foster Care

It’s no small thing to decide to become a foster parent. It takes a...

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Preparing for Foster Parenting in Tehama County

Every child needs a healthy, supportive home environment. With foster parenting, you can provide...

Things to Know About Foster Care and Foster Parenting in Shasta County

There are plenty of opinions and preconceived notions, as well as a lot of...

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Circumstances That Often Lead to a Shasta County Foster Care Placement

As a foster parent, you must recognize that you’ll be opening your home to...

Shasta County Foster Care Guide to National Adoption Month

It has been 19 years since November was officially recognized as National Adoption Month,...

Key Facts and Figures of the Foster Care System on a National, California and Shasta County Level

Many people don’t realize how many children are placed into foster care on a...

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What You Can Expect During the Shasta County Foster Care Home Study Process

Choosing to open up your home and become a foster parent is one of...

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Differences Between Foster Parenting and Foster Adoption

Providing a foster child in need with a loving, stable environment is a rewarding...

Parenting Wisdom For Those Looking to Foster Adopt in Shasta County

Most mothers and fathers find that just when they conquer one phase of parenting...

Strategies For Successful Shasta County Foster Parenting

Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding experience for families and individuals who are...

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Bonding After Your Shasta County Foster Adoption

While love is definitely an important factor in any relationship, it’s necessary to recognize...

Foster Parenting in Shasta County Changes Lives For the Better

Foster parenting is a term that almost everyone has heard of, but few realize...

How the Decision to Foster Adopt Can Positively Influence a Shasta County Foster Child

Parenting any child, biological or otherwise, takes patience, love and commitment. However, foster parenting...

Types of Shasta County Foster Care Placements

Numerous children continue to enter the foster care system every day, each with a...

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Support Foster Adoption in Redding During National Adoption Month

Every child deserves to grow up in a loving, stable home environment that promotes...

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Baked Cotton Balls

Smashing ball fun for you and your 2-5 year old. Materials and Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1...

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Is Sugar Addiction Real?

YES! A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Harvard’s...

Often Unrecognized Safety Hazards in the Household

Accidents can happen in an instant. While most household hazards are commonly known and...

What You Can Do to Help Children in the Foster Care System

Children of all ages and backgrounds are placed into the Shasta County foster care...

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Sleep…It’s Overrated! Or is it?

Sleep is one of the most important (and easy) things that we can do...

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Muddy Snowballs

Chocolate-lovers will devour this cocoa version of snowballs, the classic holiday cookie. To make...

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Managing Holiday Stress

Wrapped up with the enthusiasm of holiday fun, excitement, busyness, activities, and celebration is...

Tips For Foster Care Families During the Holiday Season

The holidays are supposed to be an especially joyful and magical time of year,...

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