September 2018, Issue 6
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in School
Now that school is back in session and children are getting settled into routines, it is important to remember a foster parent’s role as an advocate. At some point a foster parent will find themselves at school managing an educational need or a discipline issue. During these times it is important to remember the impact that trauma has had on our youth. It is a foster parent’s responsibility to advocate for a trauma informed approach to meeting the needs of children in foster care. Read how one middle school has reduced its suspensions and stress levels for students, approaching each situation with support, empathy, and an understanding of trauma. Read Middle School Addresses Everyone's Trauma
Parenting teens can be very rewarding but it definitely presents its own set of challenges. One of those challenges is balancing the teen’s need for independence and the parent’s need to ensure that the teen has the skills needed to be successful. An important factor in supporting teens is maintaining a positive relationship. Some tips to maintain a healthy strong relationship include:
• show an interest in something they are interested in
• spend quality time with them doing something they enjoy
• invite open honest communication
• listen without judgment or reaction.
The link is a blog entry by Bradford Smith. It provides an insider’s perspective of the challenges of parenting a teen that has experienced trauma and adversity. Read Frustrations of My Foster Sons
Az Families Thrive Conference-Tucson
The Children's Heart Gallery features Arizona children who are free for adoption and want a forever family. While it is a very effective tool for finding families for our waiting children, it also makes the children vulnerable to negative intrusions into their lives. Please help us protect them. If you recognize any of these children or see them in your community, please respect their privacy.
Volunteer for the Children's Heart Gallery-Tucson
The Children's Heart Gallery (CHG) highlights Arizona children in need of forever homes and harnesses the power of photography to capture each child's unique spirit and story in a profile. The profiles are featured in exhibits online, in art galleries and in larger public forums like libraries, airports and malls. Heart Gallery exhibits have helped raise awareness about adoption and have helped find homes for hundreds of children.
Photo Shoot events are held several times throughout the year in Arizona. The events are a time for each child to have quality, professional photographs taken to create profiles for them. The next one will take place in Tucson September 22, 2018.
Biographer-Creates short biographical descriptions using questions provided.
Photographer-This position requires extensive professional experience as a photographer. Requires multiple high-resolution (we prefer 300 dpi) shots per child for publication in jpeg format (web site, print fliers, large posters, etc.).
Guide-There are two Guides assigned to each child. The Guides escort the children at the photo shoot and complete the biography questionnaire with the child.
Hair Stylist: This position requires a licensed cosmetologist with the ability to cut and style all types of children/teens hair (a high need for skill in African American/curly hair) at the shoot, in addition to bringing your own supplies.
Upon signup, additional event details will be provided. For questions or additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org