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11 Tips to Establish Healthy Boundaries & Rules with Your Foster Child

September 23, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Opening your heart and home to a foster child is a remarkable journey filled with love, challenges, and boundless opportunities for growth. As a foster parent with Victor Foster Family and Adoption Agency (Victor FFA), you're not just providing a safe haven; you're also guiding children toward brighter futures.  

One vital aspect of this journey is establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries and rules. These boundaries create a structured, nurturing environment where your foster child can flourish. All children need boundaries to feel safe, even though they often protest against them.  

At Victor FFA, we understand the unique dynamics of fostering, and we're here to support you every step of the way. We’ll explore the importance of boundaries and share valuable tips to help you navigate this essential aspect of foster parenting with confidence and compassion.

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What To Expect in the First 30 Days of Your Foster Placement

August 15, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Opening your heart and home to a child in need is a courageous and life-changing decision. As you embark on this transformative journey, we understand that you may have questions and uncertainties about what lies ahead.

Rest assured, our team of experienced professionals will walk with you every step of the way, providing unparalleled support and guidance to ensure a successful and nurturing placement for both you and the child in your care. We’ll explore what you can expect in the first 30 days of your foster placement, tailored to different age groups, and share valuable tips to proactively create a positive and loving environment for your new foster family member.

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Father Figures in Foster Care: Inspiring Role Models for a Brighter Future

June 18, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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The influence of positive male role models in foster care cannot be overstated. Father figures play a pivotal role in shaping the lives of vulnerable children, providing them with love, guidance, and a sense of stability. To show the power of these relationships, we want to highlight the inspiring stories of two exceptional Victor FFA foster fathers, Jermaine and Derrick.

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Building Bright Futures: Supporting Mental Health in Foster Care and Child Welfare

May 17, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in Staff Stories, foster care

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Here’s the current reality - foster children and teens face more challenges than their non-foster counterparts when it comes to their mental health. Furthermore, this stigma can be a point of nervousness for potential foster parents. However, it’s also true that there’s hope for these foster children and help for their foster parents when it comes to overcoming these obstacles and creating a brighter future for everyone.

This year’s National Foster Care Month theme is “Strengthening Minds. Uplifting Families.” which highlights the need to take a holistic and culturally responsive approach to supporting the mental health needs of those involved with child welfare. These groups include social work and behavioral health professionals, volunteers, foster and adoptive parents, biological families of foster children, and the most important people, the children.

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Strengthening Families to Prevent Child Abuse

April 19, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in family services, foster care

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As we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month, it's important to understand that the most common type of child abuse is neglect. Neglect is often not seen as dramatic as physical abuse or sexual abuse, but it can have long-lasting effects on a child's life. When abuse becomes too severe intervention is needed.

This is where we come in. Victor Resource Families and Adoption Agency is committed to providing support and programs to educate, intervene, and prevent child abuse by supporting resource families, children, and biological parents in the hope of reunification. We also offer support to those children who may have experienced trauma because of child abuse.

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6 Ways Being a Foster Parent Affects Your Taxes

March 31, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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Being a foster parent is a selfless act that can have a profound impact on the life of a child in need. However, it's important to understand the tax implications of being a foster parent, as it can have an impact on your finances.

We’ve created an overview of how being a foster parent can affect your taxes. For example, you may be eligible for tax credits and deductions. These can help offset some of the expenses you incur while caring for a foster child.

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How We Can Improve Racial Disparities in California Foster Care

February 22, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in community outreach, foster care

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February is a time to celebrate Black History by highlighting black pioneers, the beauty of Black Culture, and take note of the progress forward in equality and civil rights. It’s also a time to reflect on our country. While we can acknowledge what we have to be thankful for, we can also look to where we can continue to improve in terms of racial and systemic issues. For us, that’s looking at how we can improve in Foster Care.

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Top Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

January 25, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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Becoming a foster parent is a big decision, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child's life, and in turn, your own. Discover the top reasons for becoming a foster parent – we hope they inspire you to consider helping a foster child.

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How to Make the Holidays Special for Foster Children

December 20, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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For those involved in foster care, the holiday season is a little complicated, but also full of hope. Foster families have children to take care of, which includes seasonal activities, shopping, and prepping for baking and meals. Nonprofits and other organizations support foster children during this time through charitable donations. Foster agencies operate no matter the holiday since the need for services doesn’t stop for Christmas.

For foster children, it’s hard to predict what this time of year will bring them. 

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National Adoption Month: Small Steps Open Doors

November 23, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and this year's focus is on increasing awareness for teens in foster care and their need for permanency. We can take small steps in the right direction to create opportunities for teens to be adopted and connected to a stable support system. This increases their chances of improved overall health, well-being, and self-sufficiency.

When we engage with our foster teens, we learn more about who they are and how we can help them grow and thrive. The path to supporting them starts with trust. Building those relationships happens one conversation at a time.

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