Posts by Bethany Collins

What happens when . . . . kids leave.

Since we have talked about what happens when kids come to join us at Joy Ranch, the next logical question is: What happens when they leave? When kids leave is determined by a lot of factors – in the end there are times when our kids leave having completed a transition plan (meaning it has…

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When Kids Come In

A lot of questions we get asked as houseparents begin with the phrase: “What happens when” A common question of this sort is: What happens when kids first come to Joy Ranch? How do they come to be with you?   I am so glad you asked! As we have often mentioned kids come to…

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In Summer . . . . .

Summer is a great time to be a kid. And it is no exception for our kids here at Joy Ranch. So far all or some of our residents have: Spent a week at the beach Attended day camp One of our younger residents attended Science Camp Taken a trip with a local youth group…

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Things not to say . . . . .

There are a lot of things about houseparenting that people are unsure of: What is a houseparent? Are the kids orphans? Are you foster care? Who pays for their care? Why do you have these kids? Etc., etc., etc.   Because there is so much that can be unclear, we do, at times, run into…

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The Coupon Jar

Anyone who works with children will tell you that it often becomes easy to spend too much time focusing on the negative; it can be hard to remember the positives – or have time to celebrate them. It has been stated, by researchers with the Harvard Business Review that a ratio of five positive comments…

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Holidays

With Easter just wrapping up I think it is important to take some time to talk about holidays. (For this blog we’ll focus on just those that come in the Spring.) They can be hard for so many different reasons. When you are raising a house full of other people’s children any one of those…

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Popcorn Prayers

Teaching our kids about God, including how to pray, is a big part of what we do. One of the tools we use for this goes by all kinds of different names; and each resident likes to call it something different: “popcorn prayer”, “fill-in-the-blank prayer”, “mad-lib prayer”. This is a tool we use to teach…

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