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Aging Forward From Foster Care Via Military Service

Aging Forward From Foster Care Via Military Service

Aging forward is a huge transition in the life of a young adult in foster care. While college may be a traditional choice for most youth entering adulthood, military service can be appealing for those who feel college isn’t the right choice for them, for those ready to move on to a stationary career sooner than college allows, or for those who feel they need to learn discipline before fully embracing their adult independence. There are many other great reasons to chose military service as a path forward.

Processing Grief as a Foster Child

Processing Grief as a Foster Child

Grief is a life experience that just about everyone will grapple with at some point. We all experience grief differently. There are five identified stages of grief that a person experiences during a time of loss or tragedy. These stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. For children in foster care, the stages of grief can alter their trajectory of a successful reunification or outcome due to various responses.

SFH Case Manager Talks About Benefits of Virtual Employment

SFH Case Manager Talks About Benefits of Virtual Employment

With my virtual position, I can develop my own schedule. As long as I have Internet access, my cellphone, and my laptop, I’m all set. I can honestly tell you that remote employment is a strong component for making my life easier. Technology has helped to do more in less time, with less money, and with half the effort.

A New Year’s Q&A with the CEO

A New Year’s Q&A with the CEO

This year isn’t just a new year, it’s the start of a new decade. This makes 33 years that Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. (SFH) has been in operation; The company has survived three decades in an everchanging and challenging business sphere. So, the communications team asked Abdul Seraaj, the CEO of SFH, to share his reflections on this past decade and his plans and goals for the future, as it pertains to the business, the whole foster care system, and himself.

Money management for foster youth aging forward

Money management for foster youth aging forward

By Shay Stinson  Edited By Intisar Seraaj     Let’s do a quick quiz.     How well has your young adult prepared for bills and responsibilities? How much money do they have saved? *blank stare  I don’t save, so I haven’t modeled that behavior.  We don’t discuss...

Free Yourself Through Forgiveness

Free Yourself Through Forgiveness

Forgiveness is hard work! But it’s necessary for healing and happiness. We’re human; We’re prone to make mistakes and bound to get hurt and to hurt others. It’s OK. You’ve heard the phrase “life goes on,” but here’s how we can be happy and healed while life continues.

Foster Kids May Seem Ungrateful But They Are Thankful

Foster Kids May Seem Ungrateful But They Are Thankful

Sometimes foster youth don’t ever say “thank you” until after they’ve grown up and aged forward from foster care. It may not be that they are ungrateful but are unable to show gratitude in the way that’s common for someone their age. You must keep in mind everything your child’s been through and remain patient with them.

Navigating the Holidays as an Interfaith Blended Family

Navigating the Holidays as an Interfaith Blended Family

One thing about having a blended family—whether that’s through adoption or fostering—is that you’ll have to find a balance for almost everything. But it’s more difficult creating a balanced and inclusive holiday season for blended families. So, here are some tips for creating an inclusive holiday experience everyone in your blended family can be happy with. 

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