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Category: Foster Care & Adoption

Freeze, Flight & Fight: What does it mean?

Freeze, Flight & Fight: What does it mean?

Have you ever been so embarrassed, scared, or angry by a situation that you just wanted to “disappear” or “fly away”? Our brains are wired for survival. When we experience strong emotions, our brain sends the signals to get through with the situation by “freezing”, “flying (running away)” and/or “fighting”.

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An Expanded Look at Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Studies

An Expanded Look at Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Studies

A study conducted by Kaiser Permanente in 1998 looked at how adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACEs, were linked to adult mental health and wellbeing. Today, we use these ground-breaking results in our trauma-informed practices to help build resiliency with youth in foster care and beyond.

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Stuck at Home? Resources to Keep Kids Busy

Stuck at Home? Resources to Keep Kids Busy

While we are all trying to do our part to practice social distancing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many parents and foster parents now find themselves at home with children who were previously in school or childcare. Here are some constructive enrichment activities you can do with your kids.

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Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Staff Spotlight — Justin Springer

Justin Springer is one of our amazing foster care case managers. When he’s not at work, Justin is a year-round griller (according to him “there is no grilling season”) and he grills some mean ribs. He’s also busy wrangling his own three children at home along with his wife, Anna.

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Staff Spotlight - Darcy Maher

Staff Spotlight - Darcy Maher

As a treatment foster care therapist, Darcy Maher helps others process and understand their trauma. Because of this, she knows firsthand the benefits of self-care and can help the youth and families in our care with this as well. We asked Darcy a few questions about the work that she does and the reasons she does it.

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