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5 Ways to Ease the School Transition for Children in Foster Care

5 Ways to Ease the School Transition for Children in Foster Care

Prepare

Transitions are difficult for any child. A change in sleep schedule and routine can throw any child off. For foster children anxiety increases dramatically when they don’t know what to expect. Not knowing what’s next in their plan for the day has the potential to send them directly into survival mode. Giving them a clear, short outline of what is coming up for them can reduce anxiety and allow them to focus better at school.

Start mentioning the schedule change weeks out. Let your child know what time he will be getting...


Shame: The Crippling Beast

Shame: The Crippling Beast

As James walked through the halls of his new school he searched for room 306. He was intimidated by the confidence the other students seemed to have as they bounced effortlessly down the halls in groups, laughing and sharing stories. James searched each door briefly as he passed them but wasn't able to find where the door numbers were. As he neared the end of the hallway he finally saw in the top center of the doorway a room number. It was room 103. He had no clue where 306 might be but he kept walking....


Whoa.....Slow Down

Whoa.....Slow Down

When partnering children with horses, it is only natural that there is a high level of excitement. Because of this, we recognize the importance of taking our time to go through the safety lessons and properly prepare a child for their upcoming horse encounters. Regardless of how mindful and prepared we are, sessions can quickly spiral out of control as a child is overwhelmed with excitement to work with their new four legged friend.  Children, in general, are impulsive. Children with early developmental trauma have exacerbated impulsivity, due to their inability to regulate their bodies when faced with...


From Foster Child to Adoptive Parent

healing bonds between horses and children

 

One of the incredible things about becoming involved in Stable Moments is the amazing community you become a part of. The program is of course built for participants, but also for parents of foster and adopted children. Often, parents and volunteers benefit from the program in ways we could have never imagined. A dear friend of Stable Moments has chosen to share the story of her journey through foster care to becoming a mother to adopted and biological children. She would...


A Stable Pair

A Stable Pair

In honor of the new year, we thought we'd start a new tradition. We couldn't exist without the support of our amazing volunteers. We want to say thanks in a BIG way to each of our volunteers who change the lives of the children we serve! Meet our first "Volunteer of the Month," Kathleen. Kathleen was interested in volunteering with foster and adopted children and attended our first volunteer orientation. At the orientation, she met our director Rebecca Miller and learned about the program and the children we serve. "Volunteering helps others, but it also helps me live a more meaningful...