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View Diary: My July 4th in prison, or what it really takes to be a foster family (141 comments)

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  •  I have no specific model... (5+ / 0-)

    ...other than letting the child know s/he is valued and that her/his life matters.

    All your suggested activities are excellent, but the one I would place highest is interaction with animals. Though there are certainly a few exceptions, the abused children and teens I've known are transformed in those moments when the two (animal and youth) meet up. Words fail me in trying to describe the effect, other than to say that I've seen an almost immediate kinship develop, and the effect seems to be just as profound on the animals as it is for the kids.

    The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. - H.L. Mencken

    by two roads on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 09:09:15 AM PDT

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