Impact and Resources

Current and anticipated impact in foster community

Covid 19 Impact on the Foster Care System

These are trying times for everyone. As with most crisis, kids bear a greater portion of the negative impacts and have few resources to protect themselves.

More kids will experience abuse and neglect (and when we return to normal the system will probably be flooded)

Children whose only safe place was school are now stuck at home with their abusers. Abusers who now face additional stressors which will add to the danger for kids. We anticipate a surge of investigations and placements once children return to school and daycare. Also, parents are making tough decisions of either losing a job or leaving their kids with others. For many who were barely getting by, this will be the break point.

Fewer current foster families will take in more kids

With uncertain finances, schools, and daycare, families will be less likely to take on the added stress of more traumatized children to an already tense situation.

Less future foster parents

Most agencies have halted all foster parent training classes. Also, families working towards becoming a foster parent may pause and wait to see how this crisis shakes out. We have already shown churches are great places to recruit new foster families and with most churches closed and all our impending informational meetings either cancelled or postponed we will see a lag in new foster families.

Decrease in services for kids

Many organizations have stopped services in the short term causing further disruption to children’s schedules and progress in healing.

Uncertain visits, reunification and delayed adoptions

As the city and county continue to adjust the ability of courts to conduct business and public meetings, children are forced to endure decreased or changed visits and case plans.

Increase in triggers for our kids

A foster mom shared her two foster sons’ anxiety have increased seeing and hearing about empty store shelves, changed routines and sickness. Our kids brains are already wired to be hypervigilant set in survival mode so the many changes cause their brains to stay in fight, flight or freeze. This results in some significant behaviors and big emotions.

Resources to Support All Families

You are not alone! We are in this together!

Fear of the unknown, grief of our collective lost normal, frustration with the constant changes are all impacting each of us and our families. We are collectively hitting the downside of the adrenaline rush and landing in weariness and exhaustion. We need to move from short term crisis thinking and functioning into the long game. We can grieve the loss of our previous normal and actively create a new normal. We have created these resources to help you and your family do just that!

Self Regulation – Engine Plate

Constant change, new normals, uncertain futures all lead to big emotions in kids (and adults)! Learn how to start identifying emotional engines and learn some tips to regulate.

Create a Daily Routine

Are you wondering how to get through each day and stay sane? Join us for 5 minutes that will give you a framework to build a successful distance learning and working day for everyone in your home.

But first…Self Care

Distance Learning, social distancing, new routines can all serve to pile on the stress. Learn some strategies to bring your best self to whatever the day throws at you, your family and your work.

Emotional Regulation-Physical Activity

Physical activity helps regulate brain chemistry that causes our engines to run too low or too high.

Daily Routine (Organized Chaos!)

Bring some predictability and expectation to your home. Hopefully, these tips will at least create organized chaos!

Calming Strategies

Learn calming strategies to help kids move out of fear brain meltdowns and get back to learning!

Empowering with Choices

In a season of tons of new restrictions and having to give our kids frequent no’s, simple, easy choices throughout the day empower them and give us a chance to say YES!

Fidget Kits

One of the key TBRI empowering strategies to set your child up for success. Fidget Kits are a great way to help children with distance learning.
Busy hands, Learning Minds!

Power of “I’m sorry”

This season inevitably leads to harsh words, short tempers and moments you would like to take back. Use these moments to teach your kids the power of “I’m sorry”.

Silent Victims

Staying home is not always safe. Children in our community will need us to be ready to serve them. Start today by letting your representatives know that they need a plan to check on children now!

Together, let's fulfill the biblical call to care for children and families.

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