November officially marks the beginning of the holiday season. While this is a joyful time, it can be very difficult for many as often "family" and "holiday" go hand in hand. Family Time serves families with children in foster care, thus all of our clients (adults and children) will be facing this holiday season apart from one another. Knowing that bad things only seem worst over the holiday season, Family Time tries to help its clients prepare to face this holiday season apart from each other. I am sure you can imagine how tough it would be to be apart from your family during the holidays. Even I tend to get a bit gloomy near the holidays because my family lives 8 hours away, but I am at least fortunate enough to be able to travel to see them.
To help ease the burden of being apart, Family Time offers extra visits around the holidays and we strive to make the family's time together extra special. Starting this month, we will be teaching parents how to do a holiday activity with their child and supply them with the items needed to complete it. For example, for Thanksgiving we will do "Family Turkey Hands" (as seen next to this paragraph) so that both parent and child can take home a little piece of each other’s artwork to serve a reminder of one another. This not only is a fun memento for everyone to take home, but the family will spend time together creating fun memories.
Unfortunately, we cannot change the reality of the situation, but we strive to make the separation among families more bearable -- especially during the holiday season. We do this by helping our families to focus on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives. We also motivate them to think about improving their future and make the most of their time together. This Thanksgiving be sure to count the many blessings of family, and feel free to come on over and put it in writing on our blessing board! (See picture below)