How To Add More Laughter To Your Life

Laughter IS the Best Medicine! Did you know that laughing is great for your health? Some people describe laughter as the best medicine because it encourages you to breathe in more oxygen and energize organs such as the heart and lungs. What’s more, laughter increases the release of endorphins in your brain. Endorphins work to…

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Hate Spring Cleaning? Try These Ideas.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for People Who Hate Cleaning Everyone likes spring, but not everybody loves spring cleaning.  If you consider yourself an unmotivated cleaner, organizer, or home maintenance person, you are not alone. Luckily, there are many spring cleaning hacks that you can use to make it look like you spent entire weekends cleaning up…

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Learning to Trust: A Poem Written by a Foster Child

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This poem was written by a young woman in foster care in Clay County who wanted to share her experience.    Social workers grab my hand and take me away From the first place i thought I was okay I try to refuse, but get in the car The worst thing is, it’s just so…

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Celebrating The Weaver Family During Foster Family Appreciation Week

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As we wrap up Foster Family Appreciation Week, we would like to introduce you to the Weaver Family. Joy and Allen are one of our veteran foster families. The Weaver’s front door may need some extra WD-40 because they have become the go-to home for our emergency/respite placements. Whenever a child needs a place to…

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Foster Family Appreciation Week: Introducing the Sabols

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Heather and Jesse’s home should be known as the “Fuller House” of Clay County. Their beds are always occupied, and their door is always open! Heather and Jesse accept these children with open arms and advocate for them from the start. Heather and Jesse are among the most patient and understanding foster families we have…

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Foster Family Appreciation Week: Meet The Frazier Family

photo of the Frazier Family, who are foster parents in clay county

The Fraziers are newly licensed, but they have hit the ground running. Their first placement came to them with unprecedented mandates made by the court, but they handled it like champs. Although it wasn’t the easiest, they stayed strong while working with the biological parents and the children were successfully reunified with their family! They…

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Foster Family Appreciation Week: Meet The Elsberry Family

photo of the Elsberry Family, who are foster parents with Kids First

  The second week of February is celebrated as Foster Family Appreciation Week in Florida. This week we want to introduce you to some of our fantastic foster families. One of our Kids First caseworkers describes the Elsberry Family this way: This is by far one of the best foster families I’ve worked with during…

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Facts About Foster Children & Parenting

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What Is Foster Care? Foster care is designed to be a temporary way to care for children who must leave their parental home due to neglect or abuse. The ultimate goal is to reunite children with their parents if possible, or place them into permanent adoptive homes. According to Children’s Defense, there are about 424,000…

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Make Elf on the Shelf Work for You: 8 Ideas for a Stress-Free December

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Elf on the Shelf can be a divisive concept. Some parents have embraced this cheeky, imaginative toy, and enjoy finding new, inventive scenarios for their kids to discover each December morning. Others find it an unnecessary stressor, adding extra work to the already busy holiday season. Parents can spend ages online looking for cheap ideas…

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