Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), relates to those who have participated in combat, but it is often not discussed outside of this framework. In actuality, anyone who experienced or witnessed trauma has PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can be particularly challenging for teenagers. PTSD can present in multiple ways including, flashbacks, difficulties with concentration, hypervigilance, and emotional … Read moreThe Impact of PTSD Symptoms in Teens
Are you looking for a way to curb your foster child’s screen addiction? Do you want a better way to bond with him on weekends? Then a weekend game night is a cool option. There are board games, card games, outdoor games, and puzzles that you can do together. If your child loves to ask … Read moreIdeas for a Fun Weekend Game Night With Your Foster Child
You want to nurture your foster child’s talents and help them build strong friendships. You’re considering extracurricular activities, but some are over your budget. Don’t worry, there are some activities for your child that are not only fun but affordable too. Never force a certain activity on your child if he or she shows no … Read moreAffordable Extracurricular Activities for Your Foster Child
The foster care system is overflowing with children, toddlers, and infants of all ages who desperately need foster parents willing to care for them. Some of these children have become permanent wards of the state and are awaiting an adoptive family, while others are temporarily in the foster care system while awaiting reunification with their … Read moreDo I Have to Be Married & Own My Home to Foster?
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
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
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?
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
Adoption, as everyone knows, is permanent. Adoptive parents have all parental rights and responsibilities regarding their adopted child, just as if the child had been born to them. They can make all decisions regarding medical treatment, religion, etc., and the adopted children automatically inherit their estate. In order for this to happen, the birth parents … Read moreAdoption vs. Long-Term Fostering
As a foster parent, you are responsible for a child at all times. However, there are going to be times when you need to do something that prevents you from watching him or her. Unlike your biological children, your parents may not be willing to watch your foster child even for a few hours. Respite … Read moreWhat is Respite Foster Care?