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The Holidays are HERE: Come Prepared to Survive and Thrive

It’s the time of the year where large holiday gatherings abound. For families parenting children with a trauma history, these gatherings can be stressful for both youth and adults. Here are five tips to help your family navigate turkey, gifts, and extended family successfully.

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Debunking Those Trauma Myths

Trauma is a tricky concept. Susceptible to untruths or myths. Children who have been adopted all come from a place of trauma. How to parent these children is key to your whole family’s overall well-being. Learn how your own misconceptions of trauma may be holding you back and impeding your children’s overall development.

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Building Healthy Sibling Relationships

As parents, it is normal to struggle inside when your children fight with each other. Fighting amongst siblings is normal; part of learning conflict resolution. Our Resource Family Coordinator spreads her wisdom in this piece about how to nurture healthy sibling relationships. She shares not only her professional expertise but her personal experience with her own brother.

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Childhood Lead Poisoning

Learn all about Childhood Lead Poisoning from JFS’s own Joe Studivant. Joe became an expert on this subject when his daughter contracted lead poisoning as a toddler. Read on to learn the valuable lessons Joe reveals.

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10 Ways to Help Children in Foster Care

By Heidi Storey, Resource Family Coordinator Call me an optimist, but I firmly believe this to be true: people care about youth in foster care and want to help, even if they don’t feel they can welcome a child into their home. While the need for additional resource homes for youth is always acute (there

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Dear Director: The Special Education Edition

We adopted a sibling group of 3 from foster care and they each came with an IEP. I heard that you only have an IEP if you have a disability. My kids don’t look disabled. I mean, I know about their trauma background and all, but they can read and they can see and all that. But now I am worried and it’s all so daunting.

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Educational Accommodations

Within your child’s IEP or 504 plan, there will be a section listing very specific educational, behavioral, academic, and sensory strategies for your child. These are called accommodations, modifications, services, and specially designed instructions. Read on so you have a good understanding of which of these particular accommodations may best serve your student. Feel free to borrow and use any of the following list of strategies!

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IEP or 504 Plan?

Once your student qualifies for special education services in their public school, they gain a written plan that follows them through their schooling. This document is either an IEP, which stands for an Individualized Education Plan ,or a 504 Plan. Keep reading to learn about each of these wonderful ways to support your child in school. 

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