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
Foster children sometimes come from broken homes and tough circumstances. Thus, as a foster parent, it is vital to build your foster child’s self-worth. That way s/he can recover from those experiences to thrive in life. One thing you shouldn’t do is belittle him verbally. In fact, this will make him shut down and it … Read moreHow You Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Worth
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
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!
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
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
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 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