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Engaging Relatives and Kin throughout the Child Welfare Process

Reaching for Healing, Equity, and Permanency; by  Misty Coonce and Tori Hensley Being separated from birth parents or caretakers via the child welfare system is a traumatic experience for children and youth. Too often, being placed in out of home care means that children lose their connection to everything that is familiar to them; their […] Read more

Centering Voices of Fosters and Adoptees – National Adoption Month

As an adult adoptee who has worked in the adoption and foster care field for more than 10 years now, my feelings on National Adoption Month are complex, conflicting, and ever evolving. Adoption and foster care are wonderful and painful, necessary and unnecessary all at the same time. For this reason, I am so grateful […] Read more

30 Days to Family® Program

So, what is the 30 Days to Family® program?  We know that every child entering the foster care system has a family and community.  We as workers just need to find them!  This is not always an easy endeavor, but the 30 Days to Family® program uses exhaustive and creative search efforts for family finding.  […] Read more

In Memory of George Floyd

Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better do better.  – Maya Angelou Ampersand Families offers our deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd  Though we offer condolences, we do so knowing that our thoughts, words or prayers mean little without our commitment to doing the […] Read more

Parent Reunification as a Form of Permanency

A couple of years ago a 16 year old young man, was referred to us for child specific recruitment. He had been in foster care since the age of 9, and his parents’ rights were terminated when he was 11. Over those years, he moved between foster homes and group homes. From the records we […] Read more

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