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Simplify Your To-Do List for Small Wins

Simplify Your To-Do List for Small Wins

Our days are filled with a list of to-dos, even down to the basic necessities and routines of daily living. We often face the stress and anxiety that accompanies the list of to-dos and don’t know where to start. As it’s easy to slip into a spiral of procrastination,...

Holiday Tips for Foster Families

Holiday Tips for Foster Families

The holiday season is the most momentous time of the year as friends and family gather to celebrate and rejoice in the festivities. However, while this time may be full of joy and merriment, it may conjure up conflicting emotions and feelings for those in foster care....

Ways to Help Foster Kids this Holiday Season

Ways to Help Foster Kids this Holiday Season

The holiday season is often filled with joy, laughs, family, presents, and warm feelings. For those in the foster care system, it can be quite a different experience. It is important to know how you can best help foster kids this holiday season. Whether you have kids...

What to Expect Before Your Foster Child Arrives

What to Expect Before Your Foster Child Arrives

There are so many things that run through your mind when you’re expecting a new addition to your foster family. Whether it’s your first foster child or your tenth, there is some familiarity to the thoughts running through your mind before each child joins your family....

5 Ways to Help Fight the Stigma Around Mental Health

5 Ways to Help Fight the Stigma Around Mental Health

5 Ways to Help Fight the Stigma Around Mental Health In the past decade or so, the conversation around mental health has become more popular. With the increase in conversation, also comes an increase in the amount and types of stigma that surround it. Many find the...

How Trauma Changes the Brain and Body

How Trauma Changes the Brain and Body

It is not a surprise that many children in the foster care system have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives. Whether that is physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual, trauma of some sort is sadly inevitable in most cases. It is important as foster care...

Mental Health Tips for Teenagers

Mental Health Tips for Teenagers

Mental health is a huge issue that affects many people, but it can be especially hard for teenagers. The teenage years are often difficult and confusing with so much changing in the brain, hormones, and social life. It's important to remember that you're not alone...

Making Their Birthday Special

Making Their Birthday Special

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets opens with a scene that’s all too familiar for many children and teens in foster care: experiencing an unmemorable, unnoteworthy birthday. On average, foster children have never experienced basic, customary birthday traditions,...

How to Make a Foster Child Feel Loved and Included

How to Make a Foster Child Feel Loved and Included

Being a child in the foster care system comes with many challenges and responsibilities. It is important for foster parents to try their hardest to make children feel loved and included no matter how long the stay. Knowing how to properly show love to your foster...

Koppner Adoption Story

Koppner Adoption Story

This month on the Choices for Life blog, we want to feature an amazing adoption story. Mike and Lynn Koppner started as Choices for Life Therapeutic Foster Parents and recently adopted the child that they had been fostering for over a year. They never thought that...

Why It’s Important to Break the Stigma

Why It’s Important to Break the Stigma

  Before we start this blog, we want to address a trigger warning for talk of self harm and suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing these issues, please do not hesitate to reach out to a professional. If it is an emergency, please call 911.  ...