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September 18, 2023
Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.
As Josh Shipp says, “ Every Kid is one caring adult away from being a success story”. September is caregiver appreciation month and we want to remind you how truly important the work you are doing in your kin child’s life. Sometimes it may feel like you have no choice or you aren’t impacting, but you are. The negative impact the parents of your kin child has had may be large but so can your positive impact too. Please check out this website for more information on how just ONE caring adult can change the trajectory of a child.
In the hustle and bustle of our day to day, we forget just how important quality time is for the kids we care for. Josh Shipp talked about the importance of getting involved in what these children are interested in and spending time doing it with them. They may never have felt important enough for the hobbies and interests they have to be something someone is also interested in. How loved do you feel when someone shows interest in you and what you are interested in too?
Stay consistent, you may get told over and over to leave or be shown that in a different way, but in order for these children to learn to trust, just keep pushing through and loving them through it. Kids who have experienced neglect need to know they wont be left and you are a trust worthy caregiver, once they know you can be trusted, that bond will be unbreakable.
We know you are tired and most of you never imagined the life you have, but you have an amazing opportunity to absolutely change the lives of the children you are caring for. You get to be the one who makes there story a successful one. If you are struggling to be that person who empowers your kin child, reach out to a kinship navigator today, we would love to help support you.