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Important Roles of Positive Male Figures in Foster Youth Lives – Featuring the Sanchez Family

June 18, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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There is humor in the conception that moms just want a day off on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day dads want to be out and doing something as a family. This actually fits well with the roles that father figures play in child development, even in foster care.

One of our Victor FFA Hemet foster families, the Sanchez family, was named Resource Family of the Year by the Riverside Department of Public Social Services during National Foster Care Month. What makes the Sanchezes especially unique this month, is that Derrick is a stay-at-home father, and they are fostering 4 boys while raising their own teenage son.

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Building Resiliency in Foster Children

May 12, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in family services, foster care, adoption

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Celebrating Foster Care and Mental Health Awareness Month

Foster Care Awareness Month is probably our favorite month of the year.  Everyone is talking about how they can support foster children!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Parenting a Child or Youth that has been Sexually Abused

April 20, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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April is both Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. We want to join the voices in bringing awareness to these issues as they are close to our hearts.

There is a chance that in your journey as a foster parent, you may be placed with a child who has been sexually assaulted or abused.

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault.

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Celebrating the Foster Care Social Worker

March 16, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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It's Social Worker Appreciation Month

When you think of social workers, what comes to mind? Is it the image of someone helping the community? Or someone pouring over files at a desk at your county office? Maybe you think of your friend who is a social worker or maybe you think about the social worker who has helped you.

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8 Tips for Fostering Teenagers

February 19, 2021 / by Victor Staff

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Parenting teenagers is a hallmark of our society. It is the cause of lots of crazy stories, frustrations and some really funny moments. Hormones are changing, identities are being formed and you’re just trying to do the right thing for your kid’s growth and development. Being a foster parent for a teenager is the same as raising any other teenager in many ways.

Fostering parenting teenagers can seem a very daunting task, but it is possible to do a good job and it can be very rewarding. Some foster parents even find they have a special knack for raising teens! To help you out, we’ve outlined some tips that in addition to support from your social worker, can lead you in how to best parent a teen in foster care.

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How to Manage the Ups and Downs of Being a Foster Parent

January 22, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Foster parenting is parenting. Like any parent, you experience ups and downs when raising your children. You have financial, emotional, and time commitments just like you do for a child who is born into your household. 

The good days far outweigh the bad, but foster parenting comes with some unique ups and downs that you should know about so you can be prepared to handle or celebrate them accordingly.  

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Seven Seasonal Values to Share with your Foster Child

December 18, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in family services, foster care

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While we may celebrate different holidays at the same time of the year, there is a lot shared between us all when it comes to the spirit of the season. Your family may have a different spiritual or cultural background than your foster child.

Where some may see a challenge to prepare for, we think this is one of the hidden opportunities to demonstrate care and support. Because there are some values in the season that we all have in common, and incorporating them into your household during this time is a great way to bond with and celebrate the season as a family.

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It's National Adoption Month!

November 25, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and this year's focus is on finding adoptive families for older youth and highlighting the importance of engaging young people in both routine and systems-change processes.

There is a huge need for adoptive parents willing to take youth who are at risk of aging out of the foster care system. Studies have shown that long-term success rates are much higher for teens who are adopted into families, before aging out of the system.

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How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween with Your Foster Child

October 16, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Holidays can stir up different emotions for foster children and Halloween can be particularly triggering due to the season being about frights and spookiness. We want to encourage all our foster families and help you celebrate during this time of year in whatever way feels best for you. 

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Support for School at Home

October 02, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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How are You Doing?

We are a month or more into the school year and are very likely to continue working and learning from home for a while. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, we have some tips and resources that can help change your current reality into a better and potentially easier one.

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