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Getting through the holidays

Course Summary:

Holidays should be filled with happiness and joy. Unfortunately, for some kids in foster care, this is not the case. Happiness and joy are sometimes replaced by anxiety and frustration. This page provides information to prevent that from happening.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Understand a foster youth’s complex perspective and emotions regarding the holidays
  • Identify signs of grief a child may exhibit 
  • Build awareness about the incorporation of traditions and customs 
  • Name strategies to help support young people through the holidays


Take the Course

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

A: Read the blog called "The Holidays: When Things Get Rough" by Lupe Tovar: CLICK HERE
B: Read these 12 Ideas for supportive adults to help foster youth get through the Holidays: Click on the image below to enlarge it.


C: Check out these 10 tips for youth in foster care, developed by young people who know first-hand what it’s like: Click on the image below to enlarge it.


D: Help the children and youth in your home manage the holiday season, review the list of considerations from Fostering Perspectives: CLICK HERE
E: Read "A Young Alumni's Perspective of the Holidays": CLICK HERE
F: Add a comment on the supportive adult discussion forum about helping foster youth through the holidays: CLICK HERE

Course Discussion Question

How can you help a foster youth during the holidays?

  • Getting the children involved in decorating for the holidays has always opened a door for conversing about what they want to talk about during these stressful times

    By 1 day 18 hours ago
  • This will be my first holiday season with children, and I am so excited to make the season about celebration and time together. They have had mixed experiences with the holidays in the past, so I hope to have them involved in the planning and events that happen.

    By 2 days 19 hours ago
  • It is amazingly overwhelming the gifts the children in our care received from the agency. We enjoy the children we have and would do anything for them but the extra support around the holidays is wonderful.

    By 1 week 2 days ago



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