EPIC Tip: What Is Trauma?
Watch as we briefly discuss the types of trauma and why trauma-informed care is essential when working with kids who have experienced difficult situations.

EPIC Special: The Lukasik's Story
Tom and Linda discusss their most recent experience fostering and how EPIC equipped them to be better caregivers.

Myths & Misconceptions of Biological Parents
In order to truly advocate for children in foster care, we need to see their biological parents through a lens of love and compassion.

May is National Foster Care Month
See what trauma-informed resources are now available to support you in your foster care journey.

Connecting With Teenagers
Learn a few EPIC best practices when it comes to connecting with teenagers.

Tools for Regulation
Learn about self-regulation and practical tools you can use to help kids stay calm and alert both in their bodies and minds.

Regulation in Relationships
Special guest Dr. Jennie Trocchio, Ph.D., discusses with us the vital connection between regulation and relationships.

Self-Care for Parents
Learn how including long-term, short-term, and immediate self-care habits into your routine can help you be a better parent and improve your health and happiness overall.

Navigating the Holidays & Special Events
How can you be proactive and prepare to help your foster or adoptive child be set up for success this holiday season? In this EPIC Tip, one of our 4KIDS Therapists discusses ways you can lean into your child's emotions and have realistic expectations for them surrounding special events.

Inspiring Gratitude
Thanksgiving may be just around the corner, but the benefits of practicing gratitude year-round are endless! Listen as one of our 4KIDS Therapists, Odelaisys, unpacks this idea a little bit more and offers a few ideas on how to intentionally add gratitude habits into your family's life.

Insight for Interracial Families
Kids that are being fostered or adopted by caregivers who do not share their same culture need compassionate adults who are ready to listen and "lean in" to conversations on race with them.

Saying Yes
As parents and caregivers, more often than not we have the tendency to say "no" to our child's requests. When we find creative ways to say "yes," however, we deepen our connection and build trust with our kids.

Setting Limits
Setting limits and teaching your kids how to compromise in relationships is one the best things you can do as a parent or caregiver. Take two minutes to hear some great examples of how to do this!

Celebrating Uniqueness
You are the biggest example for your kids when it comes to celebrating uniqueness. Frame people's differences in a positive light and surround your family with individuals of diverse backgrounds. Give them opportunities to serve people that reflect a different culture than their own. The goal is to have our kids on a journey that unites, brings peace, and allows them to embrace others no matter what!

How to Talk To Your Kids About Race
Hear as one of our 4KIDS Therapists shares some timely insights for how parents and caregivers can discuss racial diversity with their children.

How to Use Engine Plates
The engine plate is a creative way to gauge your child's emotions and teach them the value of using words to communicate how they feel.

How to De-escalate Meltdowns
What do you do in the face of a chaotic meltdown from your child? Using Dr. Dan Siegel's "Hand Model of the Brain," we can learn about the specific parts of a child's brain we need to speak to first to help them calm them.

How to Use Proactive Strategies
In order to reduce meltdowns, teach your children what to do ahead of time and before their stress levels get too high. Listen as Linda Lukasik, 4KIDS Director of Training & Student Services, shares a practical way to do this using "fire drills."

Interrupting Trauma with Positive Experiences
We may not be able to completely protect our kids from having painful experiences, but we can minimize the negative effects by leaning in and sitting in the pain with them. Creating positive childhood experiences for your child by engaging in play and staying emotionally present will disarm your child's fear and strengthen connections in their brain to help them overcome past trauma.

Working with Children in Uncertain Times
Times of uncertainty are stressful. They can be scary, they can be sad, and even overwhelming. Children look to adults to know how to process in these times. When we help kids sit in the uncertainty and acknowledge their feelings in the midst, this helps increase their resiliency.

How to Approach Academics
We all want our kids to be successful. Academics are part of that, but they are not everything. While challenging our kids to do their best, to push forward, to be successful is so important for their well-being, it cannot come at the cost of relationship, especially in times of stress and uncertainty.

How to Parent with Presence
The most precious gift we can give our children is our presence. In the midst of busyness, finding time for connection can seem impossible and oftentimes we end up replacing busyness with connection. But by setting aside even just 5-10 minutes every day, we can grow greater connection with our kids.

Parenting Under High Stress Situations
Parenting under normal circumstances is difficult—it is probably one of the hardest things that you will do. In a high-stress situation, like a family or health crisis, loss of a loved one, a scary situation, or a natural disaster, then parenting can feel like a day-by-day battle. Learn more about how to navigate these seasons and best parent your children even in the midst of stress.