As a foster parent, there are a few things you can do to calm your foster child’s anxiety during the holiday season. First, you can start off by asking them what they would like to do during the holidays, instead of imposing your own traditions on them. You can allow them to start a new tradition for your family that can be carried on throughout the years to come. This will help them feel more at home and more like an integral part of the family during this season. If it is a tradition they used to do with their biological family, it will help them feel even more at home.
Even if you are not a foster parent in Athens, there are other ways you can help foster kids through the holiday season. The Department of Family and Children Services here in Athens runs a program each year called Angel Tree. This is where families can come in and get a shopping list for a family that lists the ages of the kids and what they like. The family can then purchase gifts for the kids who otherwise would not receive anything for Christmas. For more information on how you can help out with this, email Carol Looney at firstname.lastname@example.org.