5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Running a Foster Care Home

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

Private Fostering and Child Placement Agencies: The Basics

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

5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Foster Child

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

Respite Care: Helping Foster Families Succeed

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

Unsure About Foster Parenting? Consider Being a Respite Provider

You see the big need for new foster families and you want to help somehow. Perhaps you have considered your place as a potential foster family but you are not really sure where to start or if you are ready for that level of commitment. That is understandable because it is a huge commitment. Consider … Read moreUnsure About Foster Parenting? Consider Being a Respite Provider

Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Parenting for Special Needs Children

Becoming a foster parent is arguably one of the selfless and impactful things a person can do. It is challenging, fulfilling, and not just anyone can do it. Foster parents heal, help, support and teach children every day and their contribution to the lives of others is invaluable. The types of foster parents and their duties … Read moreTherapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Parenting for Special Needs Children

Making a Positive Impact as a Sibling Home

Maybe you have made the decision to become a foster parent or are interested in making a more significant impact. What is one way to extend your service to foster youth and their families? Consider becoming a sibling home. What is a Sibling Home? A sibling home is a family willing and equipped to take … Read moreMaking a Positive Impact as a Sibling Home

Tribal Foster Parents Maintain Cultural Ties

In 1978, the federal government passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in acknowledgment of the fact that large numbers of Native children were being separated from not only their parents but also from their extended families and communities, causing these children to lose touch with their culture and tribal identity. The ICWA requires that … Read moreTribal Foster Parents Maintain Cultural Ties

Fostering Special Needs Children

The most vulnerable individuals in our foster care system are those with special needs. These children and adults have various disabilities, such as cognitive impairments, developmental disorders, physical disabilities, or some combination of those. They may have Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or intellectual disabilities. Because of their disabilities, these people require … Read moreFostering Special Needs Children

How to Create Stability in a Foster Child’s Life

Creating a stable environment is vital for any child’s development. As human beings, we are creatures of habit. We draw comfort from knowing where we will be sleeping each night and when our next meal will come. However, not every child is as lucky to have that type of stable home environment. Thus, it is … Read moreHow to Create Stability in a Foster Child’s Life