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  • 5 Things to Do When You Feel Isolated February 26th

    You go to all the classes. You learn about trauma and the impact it has on the brain. You try to channel your inner Karyn Purvis. But still, the isolation creeps in. At first, you are just keeping your child’s world small. You are working on connecting as a family. But slowly you find yourself pulling away from friends, family, and activities that bring you joy.

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  • Loneliness in Foster Care & Adoption February 8th

    Fortunately, I didn’t have any friends telling me how horrible I am and what poor choices I made (I have really amazing friends and family), but I did feel incredibly lonely and isolated in the middle of a really hard season. In The Bible Recap podcast about this portion of Scripture, Tara Leigh-Cobble said, “It’s hard to feel alone in your pain. But it’s even harder to feel unknown in your pain.” So while I didn’t experience the mockery that Job experienced from his friends, I did experience the aloneness and unknownness of suddenly raising a teenager and pre-teen who have experienced trauma in my late twenties as a first-time parent.

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  • Back to Basics: Compromises, Choices, and Re-dos January 25th

    As parents, it is our natural instinct to parent the way that we were parented. For many of us, our parents did an excellent job raising us to be healthy, happy adults, but parenting children who have come from trauma means parenting children with unique needs. In order to do this well, we need a unique set of parenting tools to help us to connect with, guide, and love our children to the best of our ability in order to create the healing home that they need.

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  • Back to Basics: Parenting Resources January 18th

    As foster, adoptive, and kinship parents, we know that children who have experienced trauma have unique needs, and therefore we need unique training, education, and information regarding our children’s needs and how to best parent them. With the wealth of…

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