Provide a Child a Home by Becoming a Foster Parent

In Kansas, there are more children in shelters than there are in foster care. This is because there are only 2,000 foster homes for 6,000 foster children. Some are even placed outside of their home community, meaning that in a day they lose their home, friends, school and their family, especially when they are separated … Read moreProvide a Child a Home by Becoming a Foster Parent

Kansas’s Struggling Foster Care System

Kansas’s struggling foster care is suffering from a shortage of foster care workers because the requirements are too high. Many workers feel that the requirements are too restrictive because of the different standards in different states. Some states do not require licenses, and some do not even require that their workers have degrees in social work. … Read moreKansas’s Struggling Foster Care System

Common Behaviors Exhibited by Foster Children

Foster children come from all walks of life. They have many different experiences and behaviors which make them who they are. While some had supportive parents that they lost too soon, others have been shuffled through the system for years, never finding a place to call home. Because of this, many foster children may exhibit … Read moreCommon Behaviors Exhibited by Foster Children

Tips to Help a Troubled Foster Child

While you may picture yourself getting a baby or toddler to foster, the truth is that you could find yourself with an older child who has been through a lot. He or she may push you away, no matter how kind you are. He or she may also act out and react in ways that … Read moreTips to Help a Troubled Foster Child

Is There Compensation for Foster Parents?

Cute little girl giving mom bouquet of pink gerbera daisies. Loving mother and daughter smiling and hugging. Woman smiling because of compensation for foster parents.

If you’ve considered becoming a foster parent, chances are you’ve heard that they get paid. Maybe it was a friend of a friend who assured you that compensation for foster parents is provided by the state, or perhaps you read somewhere that there were people who became foster parents for the money. To answer your … Read moreIs There Compensation for Foster Parents?

Foster Parents Do Not Get Paid – But Do Get Monthly Tax Reimbursement

Foster Parents are Not Paid If you are considering becoming a foster parent, you may wonder if you are provided any compensation for your services. It’s heard by many people that others are “fostering for money” or provide a foster home “for additional income for their family”. Instead, there is a monthly tax reimbursement. This … Read moreFoster Parents Do Not Get Paid – But Do Get Monthly Tax Reimbursement

Can Single Parents Foster Children?

Can Single Parents Foster Children? Many single parents have risen to the occasion when it comes to fostering children all throughout the US. About 30% of all foster children in the US are taken in by single parents who are looking to make a difference in that child’s life. In fact, in recent years, over 100,000 … Read moreCan Single Parents Foster Children?

Summer is here! Here’s how to have fun with your foster children!

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.

Becoming a foster parent: how to decide if it’s for you

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.

Preparing your home for your foster child

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.