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

Children in Foster Care Aren’t Bad Kids!

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!

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

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

Will I Become Too Attached to My Foster Child?

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?

The Call for Emergency Foster Care

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

Respite Care to the Rescue!

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!

What Happens When Teens Age Out of the Foster Care System?

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?

Do You Get Paid to Be 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?

Things You Need to Know about Becoming 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