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?
Listening to your foster child is one of the most important things you can do for them. It will help you to build trust and connect on a deeper level. You’ll also be giving them the gift of feeling known and understood. Here are a few tips to help you listen to your foster child. … Read moreHow to Listen to Your Foster Child
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
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
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
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 sun is shining, school is out, and it’s time to have some summer fun. Get the whole family involved and make plans to spend some quality time together.
This time off from school is a great opportunity for you to connect with your foster child. These summer months are also critical for foster children, many of whom have moved around a lot during the school year. If they have fallen behind in their schoolwork, now is the perfect time to help them catch up.
Foster parenting is a big, but rewarding experience. Helping vulnerable children by providing them with a safe and loving home is a selfless way to give back and support those who need it the most.
If you’ve been considering becoming a foster parent, but still aren’t quite sure, there are ways to evaluate if it’s right for you.
So you’ve decided to become a foster parent. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on a wonderful journey! But first: it’s time to get your house ready!
You don’t always get a lot of lead time when a placement needs to be made, so it’s good to be prepared, should the time come. You foster child is likely coming from a place of great transition, so making your home as comfortable and welcoming as possible will go a long way toward making them feel safe and secure.
A foster parent can provide countless benefits to the children they foster, but those benefits also extend to the other (biological) children in the house.
While bringing in a new family member certainly creates a period of transition, it also comes with the opportunity to complement and enhance your children’s lives.