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?
Providing emergency foster care is a challenging but rewarding service. You need to be available at any hour to provide care for children until a long-term solution is found. If you’ve been wondering whether this kind of work is for you, here are a few things you’ll need to be able to do. Respond Without … Read more5 Tips for Emergency Foster Care Parents
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
If you’re looking for a rewarding way to celebrate Thanksgiving at your foster home this year, consider starting a gratitude journal. Indeed, it’s a proven way to increase happiness and strengthen relationships, which makes it an ideal Thanksgiving ritual. Benefits Numerous studies show that cultivating a sense of gratitude can improve your mental health. Indeed, … Read moreStart a Gratitude Journal This Thanksgiving at Your Foster 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
Did you know children are placed in foster care due to no fault of their own? They are just living their little lives while dealing with unstable parents. This might include: Physical or sexual abuse Neglect such as inadequate food, shoddy housing, or being left alone for long periods of time Being witness to violent … Read moreChildren in Foster Care Aren’t Bad Kids!
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
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