NEST of Stark County is where foster and adoptive parents come together monthly to surround themselves with other families that have also opened their hearts to children in need of a safe and loving home. It is the goal of the group, with the assistance and support of the agency, to (N)etwork, (E)ngage, (S)upport, and (T)rain.
Establishing and building relationships with other families that have also opened their homes to children in need. NEST provides an opportunity to network and meet other foster/adoptive families in the area, and is a fantastic way to share our collective experiences with others that may consider answering the call to foster/adopt.
Engaging with other foster/adoptive families is how we seek out help with such things as behaviors, transitions, laws/regulations, maneuvering through the system, working with birth parents, advocating in school, protecting marriages, and self-care.
NEST meetings are a confidential venue to gain advice, share stories and connect with other foster/adoptive families in the area that are providing for children in need. Support within the foster/adoptive care community can come in a variety of ways. It can look like a meal to a family with a new placement, checking in after a court date, exchanging clothing or baby items, or an offer to provide respite.
The NEST group discusses relevant topics and uses the experiences of the group members for practical examples. Ongoing training is not only required for continued licensure, but also for each foster/adoptive parent to expand their knowledge, develop skills and exchange ideas. NEST meetings qualify as 1.5 hours of training credits for each meeting attended.
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Stark County Nest
NEST for me has been a support that has given great advice, pointed me in the right direction, and encouraged me to keep going when things are hard. I try to keep that night protected so I can come and hear other people's experiences and also encourage others to keep fighting. We got our first placement the same weekend we had signed up for a mandatory training and a family in the NEST group kindly kept our confused and scared foster child for us so we could attend. NEST is a community of people who will stand by you and help when needed.Michelle L.
The NEST group brings foster and adoptive communities together to bridge relationships with children in the system. The NEST is a place of unconditional hope, encouragement, love and support for one another but at the same time provides the necessary tools, resources and materials to be successful. As a proud foster parent to a young infant, the NEST group has taught me the process gets easier, the confidence gets stronger and the love grows deeper with every placement.Dannika S.
For me, itâs more about foster family community and communication with each other. Speakers are more about what we need as foster family - information that others may have experienced.Ken G.