This article helps educators learn how to build empathy among their school communities by focusing on strategies and steps that you can take to build real empathy in your students and community.
Self-care is a cornerstone of success for foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers, thing on which all other successes depend. For this reason, this issue of Fostering Perspectives shares insight and reflections from foster parents and others and points you to self-care ideas and resources.
Foster families, this is a worksheet for you to plan out what you would do under extremely trying circumstances, even though this may be rare. It is important to develop a framework using your before you are faced with a crisis or feel overwhelmed.
Ongoing adversity in childhood leads to a chronic state of “fight, flight or freeze.” Researchers at Yale had recently shown that when inflammatory stress hormones flood a child’s body and brain, they alter the genes that oversee our stress reactivity, re-setting the stress response to “high” for life.