Back to School
Four Tips for Foster ParentsAs summer break rolls to a close, students nationwide are gearing up for a new school year. But for youth in foster care, this can be an incredibly different experience. Some youths return to the same school for the first time living in a different home. Others have had to switch to a different school, maybe in a new town, where they know no one and may be afraid to be identified as someone in foster care. If you have a foster child in this situation, here are four tips for the transition. 1. Sit down face-to-face with teachers and tell them you are in it to win it with the kids. You are a team, and you will do everything you can to help them teach your kids and prepare them to be taught. Teachers must see your face and realize you are an advocate who will fight for your child. 2. Communicate everything you can. Let the teachers know when visits are, how kids handle visits, and how they sleep. Ask to be told how they are handling school after visits. If there are spikes in negative behavior, talk to biological parents and teachers about how to handle that. 3. Look at school as another opportunity to model parenting to biological parents. Show them what an involved parent is and how to navigate parent/teacher relationships. Many times, bio parents didn’t have the best school experience. Show them how to deal with teachers appropriately, how to advocate for the kids and how to work together. 4. Encourage the kids to tell the teacher their fears and concerns. Most teachers will be more than happy to find a “good influence” friend to pair with your child.
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FOSTER PARENT RETREAT
Join us for a rejuvenating day full of fun and wisdom!The recruitment team is organizing our Foster Parent Retreat in Wichita Falls, TX, and in Wichita, KS. Watch for details about these upcoming retreats! A few topics that will be covered at the retreats include:
- School advocacy
- Mental wellness
- Medicaid providers
- Hair care
- Calming tips/tricks
- Organizing the blue book, and so much more!
We are working on our next event!
Below are our foster parents celebrating a milestone anniversary as a TFI Foster Parent! We love having you as part of Team TFI!
26 years Frederick Rosenberg Jr.
5 years Michael & Anastasia Martin John & Lauren Liotta Alex & Angela Williams
1 year Timothy & Danna Blevins Britanni Butler Tyler & Ashley Coots Matthew & Alyssa Glades Christopher & April “Robyn” Good Ron & Virginia Hazlett Michael & Elizabeth Hedrick Brian Lewis & Lacy Kerr Katrina McNeal Jessica Vannocker Tennyson & Janelle Williams Baylie Dearman Jim & Elizabeth Edington