Quick Tips for Caregivers

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Caregiver. A giver of care. Either way you express it, people who find themselves raising children and youth very often experience elevated feelings of love, family, and togetherness. And being a caregiver can deepen your experiences of community and purpose; it is a meaningful opportunity to extend your love, your parenting skills, and your family.

And there are times when caregiving can feel difficult, and the essence of love and togetherness seem so far away from you and your family. Raising children from other parents can be the most exhilarating experience while also being the most confounding experience. What do you do when being a giver of care has you feeling like you have nothing more to give?

You are not alone. As a former foster parent, I know what you are experiencing. I want to validate everything you are feeling and provide you the support to continue in this important role. Through my own experiences and in training and working with resource caregivers across the state, I have gathered perspectives, skills, and knowledge to share that I believe will encourage you in whatever caregiving role you are in.

In monthly posts that you can access below, I’ll be sharing bite-size tips to enhance your caregiving and build your own parenting resilience. From handling sibling rivalry and grappling with big emotions to understanding odd behavior in typically fun settings, or from building your self-care routine to exploring your own complicated feelings about providing care, we’ll delve into various topics to support you and your family on this rich journey of giving care to the children and youth of Colorado.

Check here monthly, or sign up for the CWTS newsletter to get the link to new tips as soon as they are shared.

If you’re looking for more in-depth courses for caregivers, start here.

If you’re looking for our Foster Parent Learning Exchange (a community of support), find topics here.

Michelle Mares

How to Talk with Your Kids About Politics and the Media

How to Talk with Your Kids About Politics and the Media Kids are naturally curious and more in tune with their environments than adults give them credit for. “It’s never too early to talk to your child about politics,” says Hoyt Phillips, interim codirector of Teaching

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Oh My, Why Lie?

Oh My, Why Lie? If you have never told a lie, please stop reading this right now! Many of us believe that honesty is a virtue or a value that is unforgivable if broken. Instead, caregivers may want to establish that being honest is a goal that

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Supportive Gifts for Kids in Care

Supportive Gifts for Kids in Care Supportive Gifts for Kids in Care As parents, many of us have spent holidays watching our children open boxes and boxes, along with bags and bags of gifts from us. As Americans, we immerse ourselves in holiday buying and giving, sparing

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Quick Tips for Caregivers November 2023

What Do Race/Ethnicity Have to Do with Loving Your Foster/Adoptive Child? It may feel like enough to simply provide love, stability, and care for children and youth from hard places. But part of parenting is helping your child understand who they are and affirming their identity

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Quick Tips for Caregivers October 2023

Guilt and Grief in Foster Children Foster children and youth often experience a range of difficult emotions throughout placement—including  guilt and grief. The feelings might originate during the family separation: feelings of abandonment, the loss of a loved one or stable home environment, or guilt for

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School Daze

School Daze With school back in session, there are additional supports that children and youth in foster care can benefit from. All students can benefit from softer transitioning and preparatory support to  ease out of summertime and in to schooltime, however, those who are in out-of-home placements

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