Foster parenting is difficult. This is why it’s important for foster parents to have time to relax and decompress. According to the report published by the United States Children’s Bureau, the United States has more than 400,000 children in foster care. Respite fostering provides foster families with an excellent option for both the parents and … Read moreHow to Prepare for Respite Fostering
Most kids live in a world where they are judged on the basis of the things they own. This can be a cool lunchbox or the latest iPhone. For many kids, it’s not the price of something that matters but just the fact that everyone else has that thing and they don’t. You want to … Read moreTreat Your Foster Children Like Adults to Teach Them the Value of Money
Mental health is equally as important as physical health. Children and adolescents are in rather difficult stages of their lives. They are figuring out life and discovering who they are. These are their prime years. They are surrounded by a lot of people (especially at school) who influence their behaviors and thinking patterns. Some of … Read moreCheck-In With Your Children Daily
School-aged foster children are going to spend just as much time at school as they do at their foster homes. This puts teachers in a very unique position to support these children in special ways. Here are three ways that teachers can be a part of the foster child’s support system. Prepare the Class The … Read moreHow Teachers Can Support the Foster Child
With over 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need for loving foster homes continues to rise. Seven thousand of those children reside in Kansas alone. While becoming a foster parent may not be for everyone, some otherwise great potential foster parents may harbor fears that keep them from receiving a child … Read moreAddressing Common Foster Parent Fears
One thing that we can all count on is that life is unpredictable. Feeling like we are in control can some days resemble walking on a tightrope. Indeed, the future is a scary place. What if you lived your entire life on that rope? If every turn you made in life was full of uncertainties … Read moreWhat If You Could Change the Future?
Being a kid isn’t easy. Whether you’re a biological or foster parent, you know that a child needs a lot of care and attention so that they can grow up to be the great person they are meant to be. Some foster children require a little extra care due to physical or mental health issues, … Read moreWhat is Specialized Foster Care?
Talk to any foster family and you will know that fostering is hard. It is also fulfilling and worth the effort. You may or may not be in a position to be a foster parent at this time but one thing you can always do is offer support to those who have chosen this path. … Read moreHow to Support Foster Families Immediately After Placement
Every day a child’s life turns upside down by an unknown terror. Sometimes, a parent abandons them or jailed unexpectedly, a situation can happen at any time. Consequently, long-term plans and preparations aren’t always quick to happen, causing the child to suffer more. As a result, emergency fostering is implemented. When working as an emergency … Read moreHow to Prepare for Emergency Fostering
A foster family lends a unique role to children. Foster families nurture children of all ages and also provide security via shelter, food, and medical care. Throughout their relationship, foster parents also work closely with children’s biological families and child welfare professionals to ensure reunification is achieved, as appropriate. Foster families become a bridge for … Read moreLong Term Fostering, A Bridge Toward Reunification