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Back to School Tips for Foster Parents

From Our Clinical Director

I hope everyone has had a great summer as it is quickly coming to an end.  We are looking forward to hearing about the great adventures and trips that many of you took. Well school is starting back and as much as parents say they are glad and the children say they are ready to go back, changing from one routine to another can be stressful. We have children with great potential; remember every situation is an opportunity for teaching.   A lot of times our kids are angry and they have great reason to be.  In many cases, life has not been fair to them, they have things going on within their body and brain that they don’t understand and they do not know how to control themselves.

In honor of Brandi Nichole

I thought a great deal about whether I wanted to write anything today and at first I said no.  I have changed my mind feeling like I have something to say.  Today is a very difficult day for me.  My daughter Brandi Nichole died 5 years ago today.  This year has been difficult.  I think the reason that it has been difficult is because there are so many things I see that are upsetting.

Holidays and the Pressures They Bring

From Our Clinical Director – Karen Cowan 

It is time we start preparing ourselves for the Holidays which are approaching quickly.  The holidays for us are full of joy, cheer, parties, and family gatherings; however, it is not that way for our children.  Start preparing yourself by pampering yourself a little, make sure you have some you time and for married couples make sure that you have a date night.  This will prepare you to be more grounded and prepared for the behaviors that our children can display over the holiday season.

Welcome to Our New Website!

The professional staff and volunteers at the Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center are proud to announce the launch of a new and improved website. Our goal in 2012 and 2013 is to reach an even larger number of families in need of support and with a heart for foster care. If you want to join our efforts read more about becoming a therapeutic foster parent and find out how you can get involved today.

We thank you for your support and in the spirit of the season we wish you love, joy, and peace in the coming year.

Our Message to Families and Individuals Affected by Hurricane Sandy

At times of tragedy people say we are praying for you and that means something and nothing at the same time. We at Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center have made a conscious decision to care about not just our community but all communities. If we had the power to change things we would, but we can’t.

We carry our loved ones and our memories in a very special place, our hearts. By putting them there no one and nothing can take them away. Just know that your memories are not in your pictures, or in the dining room where you all ate together because those places and things can go away, but what you carry in you and your heart are yours always to keep.