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
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!
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
Facing the fear of attachment and loss is a normal concern for anyone considering foster care. It is hard to imagine pouring your love into a child, only to say goodbye at some unknown point in the future. Thus, if you are the kind of person who has enough love to bring a foster child … Read moreWill I Become Too Attached to My Foster Child?
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
The Situation The phone is ringing at 2:00 a.m. Groggily you reach for the phone and try to organize your thoughts to be able to best process what you are hearing. You are being asked to take the emergency foster placement of a child. Indeed, that child may be anywhere in the age range of … Read moreThe Call for Emergency Foster Care
The length of time a foster child can stay with a foster family in Oklahoma depends on many different factors. Some of those reasons include: when the child was initially placed in foster care; the child’s age; the family remains eligible as a foster family; and state regulations. It Can Depend on Circumstances Each foster … Read moreHow Long a Foster Child Can Stay with a Foster Family in Oklahoma