A service of Bethany Christian Services in partnership with the Michigan Department of Human Services.

PARENTING AFTER TRAUMA: UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS

A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents All children need homes that are safe and full of love. Children who have experienced severe trauma may need more. Early, hurtful experiences can cause children to see and react in different ways. Some children who have been adopted or placed into foster care need help to cope […]

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Love Me, Feed Me

Big news! eBooks now on Kindle at Amazon.com (coming soon to Nook and Apple). Join the discussion with the latest news, articles, and support from other parents on facebook, at love me feed me,(Kindle give-away coming soon) and/or the feeding doctor. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1151821/6e3163af5f/542807387/19371f2702/ https://www.facebook.com/lovemefeedme

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

Neuro-psychological testing: BRAINS- http://brainspotential.com/services/assessment/neuropsychological/                http://brainspotential.com/form/

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis

FASD related diagnosis: Children’s Trauma Assessment Center in Kalamazoo http://www.wmich.edu/traumacenter/referral/

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Life Books for Older Children

http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Web/2013/www.thrivingfamily.com/~/media/Thriving/1-articles/PDFs/life-story.pdf My kids were little when my husband and I adopted them — so little that they don’t remember details about their lives prior to adoption, such as who they were with or how they were treated. It’s different for children adopted at an older age. These kids remember their story, a story that is […]

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Michigan Association of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Parents

http://www.mafak.co/ Mission MAFAK is committed to the retention and empowerment of families to successfully parent all children placed in their care by providing training, advocacy, legislation and support groups. You can make a difference in the life of a child. There is an urgent need for families to take in children requiring care. If you […]

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Michigan Education and Training Voucher

Michigan Education and Training Voucher The ETV program allows Michigan to provide up to $5,000 per year to a student in an accredited programs such as: *College  *Trade School  *University A youth must meet the following criteria to qualify: Youth was in foster care on or after his/her 14th birthday because of abuse or neglect. Youth was […]

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Responding to Disclosure

Responding to Disclosure: National Child Traumatic Stress Network: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/disclosure.pdf Encourage parents to reassure the child she is loved, accepted and an important family member no matter what. Parents can assure the child that they will do everything in their power to protect her from future harm. However, parents should not make promises that the child […]

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Safety Planning

Safety Planning: Create a sexual safety plan for the whole family – use a short, clear list with a few age appropriate rules and pictures (to help compensate for language delays)   Example from http://www.d2l.org/site/c.4dICIJOkGcISE/b.6292283/k.8645/Talk_About_It.htm No one can touch your private parts, those are yours It’s not ok for someone to show you their private […]

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