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Foster Parent Appreciation Week: Meet The Dales

By February 11, 2019 0 Comments

The Dales have had several placements over time, and are known for treating the children like a biological child from day one. The most recent foster child is a girl who suffers with asthma and requires many medical appointments. They are paying out of pocket for daycare for the amount not covered by the voucher….

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Meet April & Jodi Swanson – Fabulous Foster Parents

By February 11, 2019 0 Comments

The week of February 11 – 15 is Florida Foster Family Appreciation. At Kids First, we would like to recognize some of our Foster Family Superstars and share their stories with you. April and Jodi Swanson, licensed foster parents since July 2018. Jodi and April are relatively new foster parents, but they readily accepted a premature…

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Adoption for Families with Children: How to Help Siblings

By February 4, 2019 1 Comment

Many adoptions that involve families who already have children. This situation brings its own set of adjustments and challenges. Parents need to help children get used to situations involving a new family member. Here are a few tips to help families make the adoption process easier.  Early and frequent communication is key  Be certain to…

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Don’t Miss The Reverse Raffle on April 5, 2019

By February 1, 2019 0 Comments

Join us for an event unlike any other on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop Restaurant in Orange Park. Someone will leave with $5,000 from our Reverse Raffle! Tickets are $100 and proceeds benefit local families served by Clay Behavioral Health Center and Kids First of Florida. Tickets include dinner and dance…

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Helping Kids Set New Year’s Resolutions

By January 2, 2019 0 Comments

There is a good chance that before the clock struck midnight on December 31st you considered a few New Year’s resolutions. But should you talk to your children about their resolutions? The answer is yes. Talking to your child about realistic New Year’s resolutions can help them with setting and achieving goals, which are important…

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De-stress your holidays with these six easy steps

By November 28, 2018 0 Comments

Six ways to reduce anxiety this holiday season Sometimes the holidays just aren’t very happy. We often find ourselves over stressed verses overjoyed. And, the holidays can be most stressful for women. In fact, the American Psychological Association (APA) found that nearly half of all women in the United States experience heightened stress during the holidays,…

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From Halloween to Ho Ho Ho – A parent’s guide to reducing holiday stress

By October 22, 2018 0 Comments

The store shelves are filled with costumes and candy. There is a good chance that your child has started making that list for Santa and its only October!  The holidays are an exciting and magical time. So much to celebrate. So many friends and relatives to visit. So much stress – let’s face it the…

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Beyond “I don’t know” – Getting your child to communicate about their school day

By September 3, 2018 0 Comments

“How was your day?” is one of the most common questions families ask each other. It directly contributes to a positive family dynamic by opening the lines of communication. However, this can be a difficult question for children. Just like us kids can have a stressful and busy day. Sometimes, it is difficult for a…

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Reduce Your Family’s Food Waste (And Save Money)

By July 30, 2018 0 Comments

8 Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Food Waste Each year, the average family squanders thousands of dollars on wasted food, throwing away approximately 25% of the fare that they purchase. Not only is this a waste of money, but it is also a waste of resources and leads to extra trash in landfills. Fortunately, there…

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