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- May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017
Getting in quality family time can be rough, between working, school, cleaning, cooking, errands, homework, soccer and you name it our lives and schedules are full. When do we leave time to be together and bond as a family? It’s typical to create bonding times and memories during the big moments such as holidays and vacations but it’s the little day to day moments that increase our family’s bond and influence our relationships. What if there was a quick and easy way to build bonds, get to know your family better and had some added health benefits? THERE IS!
Family walks are a great way to spend some quality family time and they are easy to access and free of charge!
No matter the age of your child– infant, youth, or adolescent, walking can be a great way to bond with one another. When adding a new member to the family, it can be easy to get distracted and busy with the typical day to day tasks and chores. Taking walks with your partner and infant is a great way for the baby to explore new surroundings and also allows you and your partner some downtime to talk and enjoy each other's company.
With your school-aged child, video games and television can become their go-to activities. Nightly family walks can be the perfect way to decrease screen time and help create bonding moments and healthy habits for everyone in the family. Your child’s teen years can present with new and different challenges, we know every teen parent has experienced the teen eye roll! Creating opportunities for your teen to spend time with the family helps to promote your continued close relationship. Taking family walks can help support in opening up those sensitive conversations that either you as a parent or your teenager might want to talk about, in a more relaxed and engaging setting. No matter what stage of life your child is in walking together as a family provides great opportunities for some memorable bonding experiences!
Thank you to everyone who came out for our first annual Walk for Foster Youth! We enjoyed a leisurely walk though the Gilroy Gardens that anyone from toddlers to grandparents were able to do! It was a great opportunity to walk, talk, and bond.
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- May 17, 2017
May 17, 2017
A superhero is someone who has superhuman powers that helps protect local citizens from getting hurt and makes the world a better place. That sounds just like a foster parent! A foster parent is someone who helps protect children from their community when they are at the most vulnerable and makes the world better by changing the lives of these children.
Here, at Rebekah Children’s Services we are in the business of making superheroes, one foster parent at a time! Joining the RCS Superhero family takes work, dedication and a loving heart. Our Foster Care and Adoption Program, has been training and guiding foster parents for over 30 years who have all made a positive impact in at least one child life.
The Foster Care and Adoption team work collaboratively with all new Foster Parents to guide them through the fulfilling process of providing love and care for foster youth within the community. We pride ourselves on the meaningful relationships and personalized support we provide to each of our foster families. Our Foster Care team will be side by side with you throughout our process of becoming a certified Foster Family. Don’t be intimidated about the “process” we have broken it down into just a few steps!
- Attend an orientation. With our orientations being one-on-one, you receive a thorough understanding of our process, as well, as our undivided attention to answer any questions you may have.
- Complete our application and background check. Just a phone call away, our staff any clarify any confusion you may come across during this second step process.
- Attend our Pre-Service classes. In only three classes, one weeknight and two Saturdays, you will leave with a better understanding of the strengths needed to become a Foster Parent, as well as, connect with other parents who are going through the same process!
- Complete the Family Assessment. Through a series of interviews, our team will learn about your family and how your family will best support a foster child.
- We save the best for last, our final process is to open your home! Spreading love and care to foster children in need.
Through the eyes of a foster child, a Foster Parent is a superhero. With your super powers of love, nurturing, and understanding, you will be changing the lives of children from you own community.
Are you ready to become a superhero!?!
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- May 3, 2017
May 3, 2017
May is such a beautiful time of year, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and you are starting to feel that summer happiness coming on! With all the sunshine and happiness that May brings is no wonder why it’s also National Foster Care Month!
National Foster Care month is the perfect time to acknowledge all the amazing foster parents, family member, volunteers, mentors, social workers and other members of a very dedicated community who make it their mission to support and care for children when they are at their most vulnerable. It is also an amazing time to spread the word about the enormous need our community has for more foster parents.
A Little History
National Foster Care Month was originally National Action for Foster Children Week which was is established in 1972 by President Nixon. Sixteen years later in 1988, President Reagan established May as National Foster Care month. Rebekah Children’s Services had already been working with this population for over 90 years before the first National Foster Care Month took place!
How to Celebrate
The ways to celebrate are an endless list of fun ways to celebrate but here are our top 5!
- Give your favorite foster parent a night out! Offer to babysit, make dinner and send them on their way for a well-deserved break.
- Visit Rita’s of Campbell, bring a donation and treat yourself to a delicious Italian Ice. They are collecting donations (e.g., art supplies, backpacks, sport balls) for foster kids at Rebekah Children's Services.
- Surprise your favorite social worker. Whether it’s a card, picture, cupcake or some afternoon caffeine, saying "Thank you" to a Foster Care social work will really make their day!
- Spread the word. Blog, tweet, post, even carrier pigeon! Tell people about National Foster Care Month and the increased need for more foster families in our communities.
- Join us for our first Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth! Spend the morning at Gilroy Gardens and raise awareness for foster kids in your community. Register at www.rcskids.org/walk.
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- May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017
Mom, mother, mam, madre, mami or whatever you call your mom, don’t forget to call her on Mother’s Day! That’s right folks, Mother’s Day is this weekend, May 14th! Hopefully you have thinking about ways to express your love and gratefulness to person that you consider mom but if the holiday snuck up on you (like it did me) no worries we have some excellent ideas for you!
- Breakfast in bed. Who doesn’t like to be woken up to fresh orange juice and the delicious smells and bacon and waffles?
- Clean the house and yes that does include the bathrooms! Every mom (all parents) love to come home to a clean organized house. Send your mom out for some “me” time and while she gone get scrubbing!
- Prepare a live theatrical showing. Get your brothers, sisters, pets and dad and create a once in a lifetime show stopper just for your mom. Picture karaoke meets ‘So I Think You Can Dance’.
- Make a hugs and kisses schedule! Give your momma whole day of scheduled love with things like at 10:30am everyone hops on one foot until they give mom a hug.
- Have a little extra prep time, find the perfect gift on Amazon with two day shipping. Don’t forget to select Rebekah Children’s Services on Amazon Smile.
- Write your mom a poem about how awesome and amazing she is. Don’t forget to dress it up with some colored markers and maybe even little glitter.
- Family move time. Let your mom pick out her favorite movie as you make her a movie night treat. Then snuggle up on the couch and enjoy some family time together.
- A day without phones. Give your mom all your attention and have the whole family turn in all their phones, tablets, computers, etc. Your mom will be so excited to get your undivided attention.
- Flowers. Who wouldn’t like a beautiful bouquet of flowers? You can pick them from your yard or grab some from the store. Either way, they are sure to make your mom smile!
- Family walk! Get the family together and celebrate mom at the first annual Mother’s Day Walk for Foster Youth at Gilroy Gardens. Register at www.rcskids.org/walk.
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- April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017
Wouldn’t it be nice if the simple phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away was true? Well, it can be!
Replace the apple with 30 minutes of walking, and you will be surprised to see all the benefits that come out of walking for just 30 minutes daily. For the most part, when we think about getting into shape walking isn’t the first exercise that pops into our mind on how to get on track. First, we think of hitting the gym – running, weight workouts, or even attending those gym classes but the benefits of walking daily are quite surprising. The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and overall risk for diabetes. Want lower blood pressure? Keep on walking. The University of Boulder Colorado found that regular walking lowered blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke. One more plus for those regular walks, it can lower your risk for heart disease. Plus, burning off all those extra calories won’t hurt your waistline either.
Besides your jeans fitting nicer and your legs looking summer ready, daily walks can help with other aspects of your physical and emotional self. Walking outside in a lovely setting or with friends, can boost your mood and make you happier! The natural sunlight helps get rid of those winter blues while socializing with friends is always an excellent stress relief. Walking regularly can increase concentrations of norepinephrine, the awesome brain chemical that helps cope with stress, and you know we can all get a little stressed. When you feel less stressed, you tend to be happier, more energized and get better sleep. Another surprising fact about regular walking is the similarities it may have with your morning coffee. It's been shown that if you can replace your coffee with a 30-minute walk in the morning, it will give you more energy throughout the day and save you from waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop for your triple shoot Americano with soy milk!
Sometimes knowing all the facts just isn’t enough and getting started is the hardest part. Well we have the perfect way to start you new dialing walking routine. Join Rebekah Children’s Services on May 13th for our first annual Mother's Day Walk for Foster Youth! You not only will get in your 30 minute walk, you will also be supporting the amazing foster kids in your community! Register today at www.rcskids.org/walk.
Start your 30-minutes a day to keep the doctor away with RCS and join us on May 13th, at Gilroy Gardens for our first annual Mother's Day Walk for Foster Youth!