Answers for the “Aging Out” Teen Questioning Their Future

Sharde Armstrong, a Taylor University graduate and former foster care child, poignantly expresses in a post on FosterClub the challenges she faced after “aging out” of the foster care system. The pain of being introduced to the parents of her friends as a college student was overwhelming. She was tackling basic life circumstances on her … Read moreAnswers for the “Aging Out” Teen Questioning Their Future

Following the News With Your Foster Child

When you become a foster parent, you enrich a child’s life in many ways. In addition to providing a loving and stable home, you can help them feel like they’re a part of a larger community. One way to develop this sense of connection is to follow the news together. It’s easy for a foster … Read moreFollowing the News With Your Foster Child

Fun Ways to Supplement Your Foster Child’s School Education At Home

Although your foster child is getting most of his learning at school, this doesn’t mean that you can’t build on those lessons at home. Your child learns best when he has both your’s and his teacher’s support, and teachers encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning. There are numerous fun ways to supplement … Read moreFun Ways to Supplement Your Foster Child’s School Education At Home

Best Presents for Foster Kids Ages 2-5

If you have a foster child between ages two and five, you’re wondering which presents are the best to get him or her for an upcoming birthday. Look for presents that help them develop their fine and gross motor skills because they’ll need these skills to help them learn how to ride a bike, hold … Read moreBest Presents for Foster Kids Ages 2-5

Myths That Keep You From Becoming a Foster Parent

You have a burning desire to make a difference by raising a foster child but you have doubts about it. Maybe you feel that you earn a modest income and it won’t be enough to be a foster parent. Or your relatives and friends put doubts in your mind based on how well they know … Read moreMyths That Keep You From Becoming a Foster Parent

How to Prepare for Respite Fostering

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

Treat Your Foster Children Like Adults to Teach Them the Value of Money

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

Check-In With Your Children Daily

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

How Teachers Can Support the Foster Child

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

Addressing Common Foster Parent Fears

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