Memory and Trauma Anniversaries

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
IMPLICIT AND EXPLICIT MEMORIES Memory is a central construct to the development of children. We learn through observing others and by interacting with the world around us. This in turn influences our behavior. It is widely accepted that prior to the age of three, memories cannot be recalled or stored. However, recent research suggests that
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Winter Blues

January 7, 2019 Justin Walters
THE WINTER BLUES Regardless of where you live, the shorter days of winter along with the messy weather can create havoc for our foster and adoptive children.  We see a correlation between increased behavioral issues and the number of days children are not able to be outside for play.  Children may span the continuum of
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Merry Christmas or is it?

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
For many of us the Christmas Season generates excitement which can include everything from planning special meals and gifts, attending seasonal programs with Christmas music and time with family.  For a child from foster care the memories of Christmas may not be so merry! For many of our adopted children they may be experiencing the
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ABC’s for a Successful Start to the School Year

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
What feelings did you have as summer vacation ended and the new school year began?  You may have experienced a range of feelings that included disappointment, excitement, delight, hopefulness, fear, anxiety, worry and insecurity. A new school year is loaded with so many changes! It can bring with it meeting new teachers, learning new schedules,
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Summer Fun

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Great memories were triggered as we cut into the first watermelon of the summer season. Memories from childhood which meant days without schedules, sleeping in late and staying outside playing until those last beams of the sun disappeared.   When I became a mother I too looked forward to summer which meant a reprieve from early
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Holiday Tips for Waiting Families

November 8, 2016 international
As the holidays roll in, you may find yourself in a time of longing and waiting—waiting for your family to be complete; waiting for your child; and waiting on the Lord’s perfect timing. One friend of Lifeline said, “My younger sister was adopted, and I remember my parents . . . being so consumed with
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