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Category: Family Support

Love Them For Who They Are

Love Them For Who They Are

On a cruise in 2020, Joshua and Matt discussed what type of family they wanted. Their conversation included fostering, adopting, or having children through a surrogate. The couple, married in 2018, knew they wanted a family; they just weren't sure what form it would take. They made their decision in 2020 when a friend, who is a foster care case manager, mentioned a teenager who identified as LGBTQ+ and had asked to be placed with a same-gender couple. Joshua and Matt were motivated to become foster parents, even though they wouldn't be licensed in time to foster the teen who made the request.

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Bring a Little Magic to a Childs Holiday

Bring a Little Magic to a Childs Holiday

There are many ways to engage during this holiday season. Whether it be through volunteering your time, purchasing gifts, or making a monetary donation. You can make a significant difference during a season that can be especially difficult for children and families suffering the impacts of trauma. Learn how you can make an impact this holiday season!

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Safety Starts Here

Safety Starts Here

Life can be heavy. When we are not prepared for stressful events, it can feel like the event won. When feeling stressed, we are more vulnerable to react to triggers –memories, experiences, or events that spark an intense emotional reaction regardless of our current mood. Learn more about how we create and implement safety plans as a part of our trauma-informed model.

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Workshops Inspire Confidence In Singles

Workshops Inspire Confidence In Singles

ShowMe Healthy Relationships is a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension, the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Science, and three community family agencies that host the workshops to help single individuals have happy and healthy relationships. Workshops are provided in Missouri's Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, and Platte Counties.

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Four Back-to-School Tips for Foster Parents

Four Back-to-School Tips for Foster Parents

As summer break rolls to a close, students all over the country are gearing up for a new school year. But for youth in foster care, this can be an incredibly different experience. Some youth are going back to their same school for the first time living in a different home. Others have had to switch to a different school, maybe in a new town, where they know no one and may be afraid to be identified as someone in foster care. We asked Angie McKim, who has two school-aged youth in foster care, to give us four tips for foster parents.

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