Family Forums are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and are intended to be a time of education, constructive dialogue, and support. Occasionally, topics of particular interest may also be discussed during a lunch hour forum.
Anyone who has ever read a blog or Facebook post written by a foster or adoptive parent knows: parenting burnout is real. It happens to the best of us, regardless of whether we’re foster, adoptive, or biological parents. Parenting is hard. And parenting children and teens who have experienced trauma and loss takes “hard” to a whole new level. It’s not supposed to be at that whole new level of hard all the time, but sometimes it feels next to impossible to maintain equilibrium for more than a day or two.
What can we do when we as parents feel like we’re stuck in that “burned out, can’t deal with anything, overwhelmed, this is too hard” stage all the time? Some quick self-care might alleviate the immediate stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. But is there anything we can do proactively, before we reach our breaking point?
Yes! Building resilience can help us avoid the burnout that many adoptive parents regularly experience. During this family forum, we’ll explore ways that we can develop stronger caregiver resilience. The more resilient we become as parents, the more we’re able to approach parenting kids from hard places from a position of strength and confidence.
All Recommended families will receive an email inviting them to register for upcoming Forums. If you are Recommended and have not received an email invitation, please contact us at iap@fireflyIN.org. If you are not Recommended with Indiana Adoption Program, but have recently adopted or are in the process of finalizing an adoption and would like to participate, please email your request to your local adoption consultant.