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
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
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
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
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
What is Respite Care? Homes filled with children are also filled with energy. Parents balancing the needs of birth children and foster children are likely to experience burnout unless they take time to get away and rest. Respite foster care offers a unique opportunity for both foster families and those who might like to serve as … Read moreRespite Care to the Rescue!
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
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