Posts Posts by: "Katie Gerten"

Reprint of story by  KTVH HELENA – Brenda and Jason Crawford are one of Montana’s many adoptive and foster parents; in 2014 baby Kailer entered their life.   Kailer was born with significant amounts of heroin in his body. “When Kailer was born, within a few hours he started withdrawing from the drugs within his system…(Read More)

Service and therapy animals are proven to make a positive difference Very Well Family – May 22, 2018 Service and therapy animals have become increasingly popular for children with special needs, and for good reason. Research shows that animals can make a huge difference in kids’ physical independence and emotional well-being. What’s more, service…(Read More)

Discipline Techniques for Children Who May Have Been Abused or Neglected Very Well Family – May 29, 2018 Foster parents are not allowed to use corporal punishment with foster children. Adoptive parents are also wise to try other discipline techniques and to avoid corporal punishment due to many children’s past experiences with abuse and neglect…(Read More)

Josh Shipp was a foster kid, class clown, a rebel without a clue, and a trouble maker. He was written off, kicked out, and every adult’s worst nightmare. Until one caring adult changed everything. Josh’s story is powerful and demonstrates the difference that one person can make.  Anyone can make a difference, whether…(Read More)

Stanford Children’s Health – June 11, 2018 Many teen suicides can be prevented if warning signs are detected and appropriate intervention is conducted. The reasons No two teenagers are alike, but there are some common reasons they consider suicide. Many teens who attempt suicide do so during an acute crisis in reaction to some conflict…(Read More)

The Worry Jar

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Laura Radniecki – June 5, 2018 The Worry Jar is a technique for people, especially children, who suffer from worry and anxiety. It helps kids identify, name and release their worries. The idea behind the Worry Jar is simple: 1. Write your worries down on little slips of paper and put them into a jar or…(Read More)

Psycom – May 22, 2018 by Katie Hurley, LCSW Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) isn’t simply a fear of making or interacting with friends. It’s actually characterized by an intense fear of social situations in which the child might be judged or scrutinized by others. Children with social anxiety disorder experience intense feelings of…(Read More)

Live About- April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft There are many aspects of fostering that are extremely difficult to emotionally handle as a foster parent. Helping a child in foster care adjust to a new placement, explaining to a foster child that you are not an adoptive resource, and transitioning a child back with birth…(Read More)

CBS- April 6, 2018 (CBS4) – If you are like I was five years ago, you may have a vague idea of what foster care is. That means you probably grew up surrounded by people who loved you. You may have had parents, siblings, grandparents and even a crazy aunt or uncle. Bottom line is…(Read More)

Huffington Post – April 11, 2018 by Dr. John DeGarmo Children abused. Children neglected. Children abandoned. Children being placed into foster care; a foster care system where there are not enough homes. The media and news continue to report on the shortage of foster parents and foster homes across the nation.  In Georgia and Tennessee,…(Read More)

Everyday Health- April 5, 2018 Few parents are prepared to recognize symptoms of mental health problems in their child. Do you know what to look for? Just like adults, many kids — infants and toddlers included — are plagued with mental health problems. In fact, nearly one in five children has a mental illness, and for…(Read More)

Health Day – January 15, 2018 MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic…(Read More)

Steam Powered Family – March 7, 2018 Supporting a child with trauma history is not easy or straight forward. Trauma exposure changes everything for a child. It changes the way their brains work, the way they perceive the world, and the way their instincts react to stimulus. As a person in a trusted position with these…(Read More)

Glendive Ranger-Review, Chad Knudson – March 2, 2018 We make suggestions and the family can take it from there Conflicting viewpoints, sarcasm, raised voices and teenage defiance punctuate an interview about how one local non-profit is working to improve family life, and this says the case worker, is a family showing big signs of…(Read More)

Time – December 12, 2017 Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is 12-and-a-half years old. She has become moody and irritable, wants much more private time alone in her room, but spends it all socializing with friends on social media. She has little time for the family. She will “agree” to eat dinner…(Read More)

Spectrum – October 26, 2016   On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary school children who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety. Though she does her best, she says she doesn’t consider herself qualified to…(Read More)

Very Well Family – Sherri Gordon The teen years are filled with all types of mean girls. From frenemies and fake friends to toxic friendships and controlling girls, their mean girl behavior from often leaves other girls feeling hurt, puzzled and distraught. This is not normal girl behavior and your daughter will have no idea how…(Read More)

The Sydney Morning Herald – Ariane Beeston I was a newly registered psychologist when my brain broke. On maternity leave from my job in child protection I had what my psychiatrist later explained as a “break from reality” – a psychotic depression. It was a softer way of saying: “I lost my f—cking mind”. While…(Read More)

Parents Magazine – Vicki Glembocki Listening to my three kids’ fresh talk was getting stale in a hurry. I was ready to try anything—and did. Find out which methods worked best. It started with a reasonable, motherly request: I asked my 7-year-old daughter, Drew, to put away the matching game she’d been…(Read More)

Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious Child Mind Institute- January 22, 2018 by Caroline Miller A 10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it…(Read More)

A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting Child Mind Institute – January 22, 2018 One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for…(Read More)

Everyday Health – April 29, 2014 by Tina Traster Our pediatrician, Dr. T, couldn’t have been more pleased with Julia’s progress. At 18 months, my baby was in the 95th percentile for her weight. She was talking, walking, her muscle tone was excellent. All good signs for a child adopted just 14 months earlier…(Read More)

Blessed Beyond a Doubt – January 16, 2018 It happens to just about every kid at some point – back talking. The sassy and negative replies can sneak up on a parent, but you can stop the back talking with these 4 techniques to end rude responses. Quickly defuse the situation and end the bad…(Read More)

Your child desperately wants to declare his independence. And you can let him — while staying in control. Parents Magazine – January 15, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a baby your child was happy to follow your lead. But now that he’s a toddler he realizes that he doesn’t have to stay by your side…(Read More)

A guide for parents to help prevent teen suicide. Psychology Today – June 13, 2013 by Dr. Earl Turner Suicide related behaviors (e.g., suicidal ideation, self-harm, suicide attempt) are becoming more frequent among adolescents and is a major public health issue. Many have recently heard about Paris Jackson allegedly being hospitalized for a suicide…(Read More)

Time – October 27, 2016 Are you worried about your teen and don’t know what to do next?  Below is some advice from Fadi Haddad, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of Helping Kids in Crisis. Talk about the real stuff Sometimes conversations between parents and teens can be all about achievements…(Read More)

WebMD – December 26, 2017 by By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A girl who gets her first menstrual period early in life — possibly as young as 7 — has a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behaviors that last at least into her 20s, a new study suggests.…(Read More)

If your child melts down, talks back, or ignores you, it could be because he’s still a little kid! Consider this a reality check. Parents Magazine – January 2, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a work-at-home mom of 4-year-old twins, let me tell you: This past year was rough. Was it…(Read More)

More interventions needed to treat problem before adulthood. MedPage Today – December 18, 2017 by Molly Walker Children and adolescents who suffer adversity, including abuse, throughout childhood tend to have poorer cardiometabolic health, according to an American Heart Association committee report. All forms of abuse, including bullying, neglect, or witnessing violence, are linked to a…(Read More)

Anxious Toddlers – May 29, 2015 by Natasha Daniels Bath time a struggle? Although bath time may be relaxing for some children – there are many kids who go running in the opposite direction when they hear the word “bath.” Kids fight bath time for many different reasons. If your little ones have to be chased down…(Read More)

Could this classic discipline technique actually make the situation worse? Learn what experts recommend, including a new and improved five-step technique for giving time-outs. December 17, 2017 – Parents Magazine By Alisa Bowman Time-out certainly sounds like a brilliant fix: A child spends a few minutes sitting alone, and emerges calm and cooperative…(Read More)

Ideas to Help Promote Bonding Through Activities The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft These activities are not for every foster or adoptive parent or every foster or adoptive child. Only do what is comfortable for you and your foster/adopted child. Keep in mind: Child’s Age – Chronological and Emotional Child’s History…(Read More)

The Spruce – October 23, 2017 by Heather Corely What does a baby really need in the first weeks at home? The answer is – not much. This basic baby needs checklist will help you choose those baby essentials, often called the layette, that your little one needs to have in the first precious weeks…(Read More)

Foster Children Endure Multiple Placements Due to Disruptions The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft It’s not something we like to think about as foster parents, but sometimes a placement just doesn’t work out. There are various reasons why foster care placements don’t work and disruption, or asking that a foster…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Michael Robison Your foster child has moved in, is settled into his room, and learning your home rules. Now comes the time that many foster parents worry the most about – meeting the child’s birth parents. For the sake of all concerned, it is very important for the foster…(Read More)

No Bohns About It – February 4, 2016 When a person decides to become a foster parent, they often wonder the best way of setting up a bedroom for foster care. Waiting for the call is tough, and shopping and painting and all the decorating can be a fun way to pass the time. As tempting…(Read More)

Teach your kids the true meaning of compassion and selflessness. U.S. News – December 7, 2014 by Abby Hayes One way to help your kids learn that the holiday season is about giving – not just getting – is to engage them in service projects. Even toddlers can give back to others and their community with a…(Read More)

HuffPost – March 5, 2014 by Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Moving out of impoverished neighborhoods has different effects on the mental health of boys compared to girls, and those repercussions need to be better understood before tinkering with housing policy, according to a new study. Researchers found boys had higher rates of mental…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft Your Role as Mom or Dad So, you’ve gone from an empty house to a full one. Now what? When it comes to foster and or adopting a child, especially an older child – setting roles, rules, and boundaries can be tough. This is especially true…(Read More)

Understanding Teenagers – November 30, 2017 One of my axioms about working with teenagers is: “Adolescence is like gravity,  It is much easier to work with it than against it.” A lot of the talk about dealing with teenagers focuses on how to combat or overcome the forces of adolescence.  As adults it can be…(Read More)

Huffpost – May 7, 2017 by Mary Lee There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption. Every day, another child is taken into foster care because of abuse or…(Read More)