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
Nobody puts it better than Dr. Seuss in his well-known quote – “To the world, you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” This is true for all human beings, but particularly applies to some of the most vulnerable in our society – foster children. The idea of fostering … Read moreYou Can Be That One Person
There are many ways to take care of the physical and emotional needs of children in Oklahoma. Children who are in the foster care system may be free for adoption, or they may be considered a legal risk at this time. In fact, legal risk means a child who has parents who have not lost … Read moreUnderstanding the Difference Between Adoption and Long-Term Fostering
According to the Children’s Welfare State Policy Reform Advocacy, reunification with the birth parents is almost always the primary goal for youths entering the Foster Care System. The exception is when the birth parents are no longer living or severe, extensive abuse has occurred that would make it impossible for the children to return home. … Read moreChildren in Foster Care: When Reunification With Birth Parents Isn’t Possible
Although most children eagerly count down the days until their eighteenth birthday, this is not the case for some unfortunate children. Teens in the foster care system know that eighteen is a year to dread. This is the year they will potentially become homeless after removal from their foster homes as teens age out of … Read moreWhat Happens When Teens Age Out of the Foster Care System?
When you are ready to become a foster parent, it can seem like time drags on until you receive your first placement. Keep in mind that there are multiple steps required to become licensed. These steps are meant to keep the child safe by ensuring they go to a capable, compatible home. On average, the … Read moreTime Frame for Becoming a Foster Parent
Television portrays an unrealistic view of what foster parenting is. It is most often depicted as something people do to earn easy money whilst neglecting the children in their care. This view is an unrealistic view of people being paid to be a foster parent for two reasons: First, foster parents are visited every three months by … Read moreDo You Get Paid to Be a Foster Parent?
Becoming a foster parent can be a rich, rewarding experience for many families hoping to open their homes to children in temporary need. It is important, however, to go into fostering with realistic expectations. There are many things you need to know prior to making such a large decision. Becoming Licensed is a Process to … Read moreThings You Need to Know about Becoming a Foster Parent
For those with compassion for others, and the drive to give back to their community, fostering a child can be a wonderful experience. The opportunity to give a child a secure home may seem fulfilling, but it’s important to assess whether this commitment is right for you. By making an informed decision, you can ensure … Read moreIs Fostering a Child Right for You?
When people think of foster parents, they often imagine a couple who takes in children. If you are unmarried, though, you might wonder if you can foster as a single parent. The good news is that your marital status does not influence your ability to become a foster parent. As a single parent, though, you … Read moreCan I Foster as A Single Parent?