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NATIONAL READING MONTH BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS TO READ WITH YOUR CHILD

In honor of National Reading Month, Kamali’i put together a list of National Reading book recommendations to read with your child. Upon the first impression, children’s books may come across as simple stories, but they can be the most impactful resources that introduce your child to the world today and positively affect them for the […]

HOW TO TALK ABOUT SELF-IMPROVEMENT WITH YOUR CHILD

Self-improvement is the deliberate action to better yourself as a human being in every aspect of your life; what’s more, tackling how to talk about self-improvement with your child is also a challenge worth taking.  But no matter your age, there’s always room to make an effort for self-improvement because it dictates our overall quality […]

Healthy Meal Ideas To Add to Your Child’s Diet

Kids are sometimes the pickiest eaters. Healthy meals prepared with a bit more love have the power to curb cravings that your kids may have for junk food too! But eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to stick to bland recipes. All you need are the right ingredients, preparation methods, and some imagination–as well as […]

How to Help Your Child Succeed This School Year

It’s that exciting time of the year again where your child moves onto the next grade to make new friends and memories–as well as take on different challenges! As a parent, we can support our children during this stage of their life by providing them with the resources they need to succeed. Check out these […]

The Importance of an Independent Living Program

In addition to helping children grow up in nurturing environments with loving resource families, Kamali’i Foster Family Agency prioritizes preparing them for life once they age out of the system with the assistance of an Independent Living Program (ILP). ILP is an authorized program created by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Public Law […]

Kamali’i Kid’s Club

Summer is one of the best times of the year for many reasons: the sun is always shining, school is out, and all that’s left on a to-do list is to have fun in the fresh air! Although classes are put on pause for three months, summer can also enrich children and improve their overall […]

Positive Affirmations to Tell Your Child

You can never show your children enough love as a parent, and one of the best ways to show it is by giving them positive affirmations. Words are powerful: they significantly impact anyone’s self-esteem, self-image, and overall well-being–especially during childhood. They also shape the narratives we come to believe about ourselves. Words have the power […]

How To Celebrate June’s National Days With Your Kids

A new month is upon us, and you know what that means: we have another list of national holidays to spend with your kids this June! Every month, there’s always the opportunity to bond with your family in new ways that are fun for everyone. But what makes June special is the fact that school’s […]

The Power of Active Listening

When was the last time you listened to what someone was saying? Not just heard – but truly listened? We hear things every day, and many things go in one ear and out the other, but the power of active listening is unmatched in the field of communication. It is one of the most useful […]

4 Out-of-This-World Ways to Celebrate May the Fourth

Got a family of Star Wars nerds? Maybe just one or two of them? Whatever the case — May the 4th is fast approaching, and Star Wars lovers should be ready to experience the magic. If you have some Star Wars fans in your household, here are FOUR out-of-this-world ways to help them celebrate their […]

5 Harmless Pranks to Keep the Whole Family Laughing

April Fool’s Day only comes once a year, but pranks can be fun for the whole family all 365 days! Keeping the pranks family-friendly and harmless, but hilarious is the perfect way to get the whole family involved in making jokes and having a blast. Remember to keep the pranks balanced between the parents and […]

California’s Requirements for Resource Parenting

Every state does Resource Parenting a little differently, and California has its own rules, regulations, and requirements regarding what it takes to become a Resource Parent. If you’re considering embarking on the incredible journey of becoming a Resource Parent, we are here to help you through the process. The first step is knowing the basic […]

5 Delicious St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up fast, we wanted to make sure you’ll have some green in your life before you get pinched. We’ve compiled all of our favorite recipes in one place (links included) so you and your family can celebrate March’s only holiday however you see fit! 1. Corned Beef and Cabbage You […]

How to Celebrate March’s National Days With Your Kids

We post a lot about national days on social media, and now we are going to tell you how we celebrate them! There are so many fun national days you can celebrate with your family… some of them we don’t post about, but may still be special to you. Here are our favorite national days […]

Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

When it comes to change, it can be scary for everyone. A big move, a new job, or even a dynamic shift can throw off everything; especially for those with a fear of change. We are here to tell you to embrace that change! To throw yourself towards it with full force. Even change that […]

Show Your Foster Kids Some Extra Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your children a little extra love! Whether it’s your biological or your foster children, they could all benefit from a sweet gift, some quality time, extra cuddles, or an extra “I love you” before bedtime! Here are a few sweet ideas on how to make sure your […]

Parenting Difficult Behaviors as a Resource Parent

Between temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, and academic issues, parenting can be one tough gig. It can be even tougher when there is uncertainty amongst power dynamics when foster children come into the mix. You might be fully comfortable with sending your biological child to their room for a time out and a stern talking to, […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Resource Parents

Being a parent is definitely a lot of work, and being a resource parent is a whole other ball game. We know how difficult it can be, and how hard you work every single day to change your children’s lives for the better. If you’re looking for ways to brighten up your family’s lives and […]

The 2020 Gift Guide for Confused Parents

Gift giving can be hard! Especially for older kids who want more than just toys, and we don’t even want to get started on buying gifts for teenagers. If you’re completely lost on what to get your kids this holiday season, here is our guide to the trendiest gifts of 2020. Children 0-6 yrs Indoor […]

Being a Home for the Holidays

Being a child’s home for the holidays is not always easy! The holidays are incredibly hectic, and it seems as though parents spend October through January perpetually stressed. Between Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving dinners and holiday gifts, there’s endless things that need to get done. If you’ve started feeling that pressure, remember you’re not alone! Being […]

Touching on Thankfulness During Tough Times

COVID-19 created a lot of difficult situations for many different people, and 2020 brought on a slew of unexpected challenges. Children and adults alike may be struggling with anxiety, online education, and social isolation from friends or loved ones. This year has been a tough one, but here are some ways you can tackle the […]

Plant a Seed, Raise a Child

If you know gardening, then you know that spring bulbs are planted in the fall. That is because these flowers, as eye catching and lovely as they are in the spring, need more time than you would expect to get there. The gorgeous tulips and lilies we see lining people’s lawns in April and May […]

To Our Community…

If you are a Resource Parent, whether it be your first time or your 17th time bringing a child into your life, we want to make sure you know how grateful we are, and we want to emphasize that you have a whole community behind you. It’s okay to feel alone, and it’s okay to […]

Handling Halloween as a Resource Parent

Halloween may just be the perfect bonding opportunity for you and your foster child. Fun movies, fun costumes, fun fall activities and fun candy are all exciting for kids of any age, and they’ll have a blast when you get involved too. When tackling Halloween, be extra precautious and diligent regarding any allergies and dietary […]

Tackling online education with your foster children

September has always issued an official end to the summer and school activities start rolling in full swing! Bittersweet but exciting, this month is supposed to bring new beginnings. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 still being a huge issue in the U.S. and especially California, the governor decided that we all would be learning through online education […]

California’s most kid-friendly beaches

Californians know that the end of summer doesn’t mean beach trips stop, and warm fall days still call for a little “vitamin sea”. We all love the beach, but it can be an anxiety-inducing place for many parents. Some beach trips include huge waves, too many people, and a million places a child could wander […]

The 3 Most Important Things to Know About Foster Care

In the past, we have discussed myths and misconceptions about the Foster Care system, facts and figures, and even helpful hints for new resource parents; but we want to take it back to the basics. If you are interested in becoming a resource parent or want to become involved in the community, there are three […]

A Confused Parent’s Guide to Today’s Social Media

Parenting a tween, teen, or young adult? As lovely as every child is, that stage can sometimes be a big ol’ “yikes”. New slang, infinite selfies, and songs from artists you’ve never even heard of—I mean, what the heck is a Doja Cat? Most, if not all of the laughable habits that young adults pick […]

How to Help the Older Teens and “Adults” in the Foster Care System

When older teens age out of the Foster system, many end up without an adequate living situation. Luckily, in an attempt to combat this, The California Fostering Connections to Success Act officially became law in 2012. One of the many changes this law brought is that foster youth can both extend legal emancipation to occur […]

Facts About Foster Care That May Surprise You

For many, the first formal introduction people have to the Foster Care system is when it is featured in movies and T.V. shows, where it is usually played up or dramatized for the entertainment factor. This can lead to some myths or misconceptions that spread about what the Foster Care system is like. We want […]

Great Movies to Watch as a Family

Sometimes summer is just too hot to handle. After a full day of playing outside or running through the sprinklers, watching a movie as a family can be a great way to wind down and spend time together. What takes even longer than watching a movie though, is picking one. Spending hours scrolling through Netflix […]

How the Coronavirus is Affecting Foster Youth

The Coronavirus has affected everyone in more ways than expected, and it has changed a lot of circumstances surrounding everyday things like schools, movie theaters, and grocery stores. What a lot of people may not realize though, is how the Coronavirus has changed the foster care system, and how it has affected the children who […]

The Best Ways to Have Fun at Home Once School Gets Out

As the end of the school year gets closer, we are hoping that the end of the Corona Virus gets closer as well. As parents, we know that the summertime “I’m bored” announcements will be especially rapid-fire this year if social distancing extends into the summer. While we are hoping for the best, we want […]

Keeping Your Routine During COVID-19

Working from home and helping your kids through distance learning is no easy feat, especially when you’re doing it most of the day, 5 days a week. To prevent feeling like you have 2 full-time jobs and to make the coming months as easy as possible, try creating a realistic daily routine for you and […]

How to Keep Your Kids Busy During Social Distancing

School is out! But not for summer. Suddenly you’ve switched from parent to home-school teacher and your kids might be restless already. It may be difficult to keep your children entertained for 12 hours of the day, but it is definitely not impossible. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your kids […]

Everything You Need to Know About the CoronaVirus

Right now is a very uncertain time, especially with conflicting media sources and constant negative news coming from the TV. It can be hard to stay positive and keep your hopes up when all you hear are the negatives, so here are a few important realities and some good news regarding COVID-19.     California […]

9 Fun Spring Activities for the Whole Family

Spring has sprung! The sun is out, flowers are blooming, and it’s time to go outside and get some fresh air. Now that winter is over and it’s warming up again, there is endless fun to be enjoyed with the whole family—old and young alike. These 9 activities are all affordable and can be entertaining […]

5 Resource Parent and Child Bonding Activities

As much as you go to lengths to avoid it, there will always be some awkwardness that comes with bringing a new member into your home. While this tension or awkwardness may last a few days, bonding with your child and getting to know them on a more personal level can bring a more relaxed […]

Laws You Should Know Before Becoming A Resource Parent

The laws and regulations surrounding foster care can be confusing. The laws vary by state, and some are more stringent than others. California has numerous laws in place for the protection and safety of foster children, and it’s easy to get lost in the legal jargon of all the different codes in place. Here is […]

How to Make Sure Your Foster Child Feels Loved

Making sure that your foster child feels loved is one of the most important things to do as a resource parent. Often, it can be an uncomfortable situation, as the threat of sudden change looms over each foster child/resource parent relationship. However, the comfort and happiness of any child living in your home is far […]

Resource Parenting and Social Media

It’s common for everyone to be on social media these days. Your grandma, your high school band teacher, and even your pastor are snapping selfies on Instagram and using Facebook to keep up with old friends. Even more prevalent on social media—teens. Even some younger kiddos are popping up on Instagram, with accounts run by […]

5 Reasons to Take on a New Adventure This New Year

Can you remember the last time you made a New Year’s Resolution and stuck to it? Most New Year’s resolutions are way too broad and are forgotten by January 3rd. This year, we want to help you stick to your resolution. Whether it’s to step out of your comfort zone, try something new, or even […]

5 Books You Should Read With Your Foster Children

Reading to and with children has been proven to be widely beneficial throughout the years. Reading exercises the brain, improves concentration, develops imagination and empathy, and many books teach lessons while simultaneously keeping a child entertained. If you’re lost what your next bookstore trip should yield, here’s 5 books that your kids would greatly benefit […]

5 Myths About The Foster Care System

Often times in the media or popular culture, foster care is painted in a rather poor light. If you’re on the fence about becoming a resource family or parent, don’t let these myths about fostering or parenting hold you back! We’re here to encourage and support anyone who is considering fostering and hope that by […]

How To Navigate The Holidays With A Foster Child

Being a resource parent can be hard, but fostering a child during the holidays brings on a whole new set of obstacles and challenges that you’ll have to overcome. It’s a difficult subject to broach as a family because the child will want to feel included in your family’s holiday traditions, but they may also […]

How To Support A Foster Child If You’re Not Ready To Become A Resource Parent

Deciding to become a resource parent could be a life-changing opportunity for a child, but it’s also a drastic change for the placement family. Not every parent is cut out to be a resource parent and not every family is prepared to be a resource family, and that’s okay. There are many ways in which […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Foster Child

Making the decision to bring a foster child into your home is not an easy one. It involves a lot of discussions, planning, and then—fear. This is a huge change, and while it will be one that is exciting, fun and could potentially make a huge difference in a child’s life, it’s also scary, like […]

10 Fun Fall Activities for the Whole Family

It’s finally Fall! But don’t be bummed that Summer is over, because Autumn makes for some great seasonal activities that your whole family can enjoy! Here are 10 Fall activities that can be fun for your whole family, from the teens to the little ones (and the parents too).  1. Create Colorful Apple Stamp Art […]

How to Know When You Are Ready to be a Resource Parent

Raising a child is one of life’s most fulfilling actions and being a resource parent is no different. It takes a strong will, determination, and means to be a successful resource parent, but the impact you can have on a child’s life is priceless. A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

7 Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in School

It’s always an exciting time when school is back in session! The school season can be such a great change of pace from the summer. Although the new school year can be a hectic time for some, you’re never alone through this. Below are some fabulous tips for parents to have an awesome school year! […]

5 Tips for Before You Become a Foster Parent

While fostering can be a beyond beautiful and rewarding experience, that isn’t to say that it doesn’t come without its difficulties. To help prepare you for the obstacles you may encounter, we’ve developed a list of the top 5 things to keep in mind before you begin this journey.     Their trauma will affect […]

Five Good Reasons for Fostering

People consider becoming foster parents for a variety of different reasons. They aren’t able to have children themselves, their homes feel empty, or they simply want to make a difference in a child’s life.  There are, unfortunately, those who choose fostering for the wrong reasons. Whether it be for financial gain, help around the home, […]

Baking Cookies & Building Relationships

Have you ever thought about how many things go into making cookies? Take chocolate chip cookies, for example: Flour, baking soda, butter, 2 types of sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and chocolate chips. So many ingredients go into making one perfect treat — and without one, the entire recipe falls apart.  Like a cookie, families need […]

Creating a Comfortable Space

The first step to creating a happy and healthy home for your new child is ensuring you have a comfortable, child-friendly space for them. There are certain household standards that must be met in order to qualify to become a resource family; we’ve put together a quick, easy guide to help you get started in […]

Bend So They Don’t Break

Flexibility and patience are two of the most valuable skills that anyone can have. This rings especially true for resource parents. Priorities shift from moment to moment, and a parent’s needs are almost always in the backseat. But what does this mean? Does it mean that you can’t take time to care for yourself? Certainly […]

Keeping Up and Not Falling Behind

We’ll have fun, fun, fun, now that summer is here! It’s time for all the summer adventures you could possibly imagine, from camping in the mountains, to swimming in the ocean, and… visiting the library? That’s right! A good book can be a passport to adventure when you let your imagination roam free. Take trips […]

New Summer Experiences

Summer is just around the corner and that means the kids are out of school and the pressure to entertain them is on. Don’t be overwhelmed by all of this new free time — this is the perfect opportunity to try out new experiences, interests, and activities for your family. Here are a few of […]

The Importance of Conversation

Working with children is not always an easy task, as each child has their own personality and story. To best communicate with a new child in your life and help them grow individually and socially, here are some tips for creating progressive, successful conversations within your home. Patience In any given situation, getting to know […]

3 Tips to A Balanced Meal, A Balanced Home

Each and every child is unique in their own ways, with different needs, different wants, and different overall habits. When it comes to taking care of a new child in your home, you will be presented with different learning curves that you must learn to understand, overcome, and learn from. One of the unexpected challenges […]

This is My Story

Watch here. This is My Story, but what does this mean to a prospective resource family or to an individual supporting this community. The first step towards providing help and aid for children in need is to understand the issues that are affecting them before they are placed into their individual resource families. This includes […]

Providing Your Child with Structure

For many children within the foster care system, navigating their own free time may have once been the norm. As they enter a new home, they not only are now facing new places and new people but new concepts and standards such as structure. In many cases, a lack of structure can be detrimental to […]

Preparing Your Expectations

You have chosen to open your home to a child in need. You are about to embark on an exciting journey that even with all your training and prep may still seem daunting. You went to the classes, you prepared your home, and even your heart, but still, you are anxious. In these situations, it […]

Building a Healthy Relationship with Your Foster Child

As a foster parent, your primary goal and responsibility is to provide a comforting and nurturing home for your child, to allow them to grow and develop in a positive direction. Successfully accomplishing this requires that you first and foremost build a strong foundational relationship with them that enables trust and reassurance. As this is […]

The Top Qualities for Foster Parenting

Becoming a foster parent is no simple decision — it requires extensive planning, discussion, and consideration with your partner, family, and loved ones before any steps should really be taken. When thinking about fostering a child, perhaps the most important thing to consider is the skills and traits necessary to possess for such a large […]

School Support for Foster Children

While academics can be difficult for any child, school can prove to be exceedingly burdensome for a child in foster care. Many foster kids move from home to home and consequently school to school across districts and cities. When you’re focused more on getting by on a day-to-day basis and adjusting to a new family, […]

How You Can Help Without Becoming a Foster Parent

Over 400,000 children live in foster care in the United States. While it may be difficult or impossible to become a foster parent yourself, there are still plenty of other ways you can contribute to helping the lives of thousands of kids. Provide Respite Care. Oftentimes foster children are left without homes for several days […]

Home for the Holidays

The holidays are a time of joy, celebration, and family. But for foster children, this doesn’t always come so easily. A new home with new traditions can be decidedly overwhelming for a child, especially if they come from a family where there was no sense of holiday joy or Christmas spirit. Whether this is your […]

10 Facts You May Have Not Known About Fostering

You don’t have to be a homeowner to foster. Having an apartment or rented space is perfectly acceptable for fostering as long as you have clean and comfortable conditions suitable for raising a child. Asking a foster child questions about their past can be harmful. Some children undergo extreme difficulties and trauma in their existing […]

Preparing Your Child for a Foster Sibling

Bringing a foster child into your home doesn’t go without an impact. Not only are you faced with new responsibilities and another life to nurture, but your children must accept the addition of a new sibling and the consequent lifestyle changes. It is therefore crucial to ensure their comfort and understanding of the situation as […]

A New Life, A New Lifestyle

Becoming a foster parent is a beautiful and noble thing. You are opening up your heart and home to a child in need and giving them the love and support they need to be healthy, happy, and successful. This requires putting a stranger’s needs before your own, and even changing your life for the sake […]

Discipline For Foster Children

You’ve decided to take on the fulfilling task of bringing a foster child into your home. You accounted for everything the child will need in your budget from clothing, food, extracurricular activities, etc., etc. One thing most new foster parents forget to account for is how will you administer discipline to your child in the […]

Being Single and a Foster Parent

So you’re thinking about being a foster parent, but you have some concerns about whether or not you can do a good job at it being a single person. You were inspired to check it out based on the fact that your friends seem to be thriving at it, but you also notice how tired […]

An Effective Foster Parent – Do you Have What It Takes to Become One?

Just being compassionate and wanting to help isn’t enough to be an effective foster parent or a good fit for the system. You must understand that many children come from difficult backgrounds and may be facing many struggles. As someone who wants to provide them guidance, you have to provide a structured environment but should […]

The Essence of Resource Families

Children have no control over their parents’ situation and deserve a safe, stable environment to live in. They need a place where they can be a kid while still having structure and support. Becoming a resource family can allow you to provide children in need with a loving home while they work toward reunification with […]

 
Kamali'i Foster Family Agency
Corporate Office:
Riverside County Office
31772 Casino Drive, Suite B
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Voice (951) 674-9400
San Diego County Recruitment and Training Center:
145 Vallecitos de Oro, Suite 210
San Marcos, CA 92069
Voice (760) 761-4300