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Meet BNFEC: Karen Cowan

Meet our clinical director and owner, Karen Cowan. She was raised in Detroit but moved to Asheville when she was 16 years old.  Although she moved around quite a bit, she never really found a place that felt like home like Asheville did. She opened the foster care agency in 2004, and named it after her beautiful daughter Brandi, in 2010. She is a mother to her 7 year old grandson Joseph and an awesome boss. Let’s meet her!

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 Memory of Robin Williams

We thank you Robin Williams, not only for the times we smiled, cried, or laughed till we cried, but for bringing the issue of depression and mental illness to the fore front. There are a lot of people of all races, genders, and social status that deal with mental health illnesses such as depression. They should never feel like they are alone. People really do care and matter about what you are going through.

The Man

There once was a man and he was in a dark room.  He had been in that room all his life.  Nobody knew he existed, but the people who put him there and God.  One day a person happened along this path that was not part of any map.  Out of curiosity the person wondered down the path and found an old abandoned house.  The person knocked on the door and no one answered.  The person could not explain the overwhelming urge to go into the house, and started to walk away.  The problem is that walking away was so difficult.  There was something inside the person that would not let him leave.  The person went into the house and there was nothing in sight.  When they turned around to leave there was a door and a sound coming from behind it.  Out of concern that there could be an animal trapped inside or someone in need, the person goes to the door and says is there anyone in there.  No one answers, but there is sound.  Again, drawn by The Spirit the person opens the door and inside the door is a man.  He is dirty, smells really bad and is fearful of the person.  The man goes into the corner, sits down and then balls up in a fetal position.