Brenda shares her advice for managing tough emotions during the adoption process
Having a clear goal can help you stay motivated during the adoption process, try using the SCORE method.
Strategies like creating a predictable plan and communicating the order of events can be very helpful when it comes to preparing children for situations like visiting a birth parent.
Holding a family meeting is a great place to address concerns about an upcoming visit.
Effective caregiver/youth communication can help young people identify their own strengths and feel heard by those around them.
Effective communication helps families better understand each others needs.
Problem solving around difficult behavior and setting realistic expectations is an important part of creating a positive home environment.
Understanding where a child is at developmentally will help you set realistic expectations as a caregiver.
Holding a family meeting is a great way to get everyone's input and address concerns about an upcoming visit.
Setting aside a weekly (or monthly) time for a family meeting is a great way to involve everyone in new plans or problem solve around recent challenges.
Download this PDF from FOCUS and use it as your guide for setting up a family meeting.
Play is an important part of your child's development and building a positive caregiving relationship.
Knowing a little bit about child development will help you identify appropriate activities.
Communication and problem solving are key skills related to dealing with a tantrum or other challenging behavior.
These effective communication strategies can help you get your point across.
Set up clear expectations for youth and be consistent when it comes to consequences
The foster care/adoption process can be frustrating, check this list for some activities to help you destress.
Remember to reach out for support, you are not alone
When you feel upset or frustrated, taking a moment for yourself can help