There is a common misconception that the children living in foster care are all made of the same cloth, so to speak. Modern media sources have made it appear that all foster children come from impoverished, abusive homes without exception to the rule. This, however, is far from the truth. Who Are the Children in … Read moreWho Are the Children in Foster Care?
When first starting out on their journey in foster care, new foster parents have a lot of questions. This is totally normal. Even with advanced foster training, a lot of the foster care process is a learning experience. One of the most common questions people have is whether or not they will get to choose … Read moreDo I Get to Choose My Foster Placement?
Foster children sometimes come from broken homes and tough circumstances. Thus, as a foster parent, it is vital to build your foster child’s self-worth. That way s/he can recover from those experiences to thrive in life. One thing you shouldn’t do is belittle him verbally. In fact, this will make him shut down and it … Read moreHow You Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Worth
As a foster parent, you may have a number of questions about parenting. Foster care is different, of course, from raising a biological child: raising a child into a rounded adult. However, many of the principles remain the same. If you are caring yet firm and you feel like you are doing your best as … Read moreHow Can You Encourage Your Foster Child to Grow Into a Rounded Adult?
When your foster child comes to live in your home, the adjustment period may be difficult. Depending on the age of the child, s/he is going to be going through different things. With younger children, emotions can be completely on the surface because they haven’t learned to hide them yet. Teenagers, on the other hand, … Read moreDeveloping Communication and Listening Skills for Therapeutic Foster Care
Listening to your foster child is one of the most important things you can do for them. It will help you to build trust and connect on a deeper level. You’ll also be giving them the gift of feeling known and understood. Here are a few tips to help you listen to your foster child. … Read moreHow to Listen to Your Foster Child
You can try to prepare for being a foster parent by reading a book or speaking to other foster parents. But often, you’ll find that people tend to gloss over the bad parts because they don’t want to sound like “bad” foster parents. After all, isn’t everyone supposed to love raising children? Aren’t they all … Read more5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Running a Foster Care Home
Many people have heard of foster care, but few know that there are public and private agencies serving foster families. A private foster care agency, also known as Child Placement Agency (CPA), is licensed by the state to provide services in conjunction with the state’s Department for Children and Families (DCF) or Department of Human … Read morePrivate Fostering and Child Placement Agencies: The Basics
Once you have been licensed as a foster care provider, you may not have much time before your first placement. Now is the time to get your home ready so you are prepared for a foster child. Consider these five tips in your preparations. Collect Clothing and Toiletries Stock up on basic toiletries, such as … Read more5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Foster Child
A standard dictionary definition encompasses the notion that respite is a short period of relief. But what is respite care in terms of foster parenting? What Is Respite Care? Basically, a respite caregiver is a licensed foster parent who cares for a child in foster care for a designated, short period. This may be due … Read moreRespite Care: Helping Foster Families Succeed