Sleep is important for everyone and for children it is vital. It helps them stay healthy, increases their attention span, improves their mental health, and primes them for a day of learning. But when you get a new foster child, there is a good chance that they will have difficulty sleeping. This is especially true … Read moreHelping Your New Foster Child to Sleep Well
When you’re a foster parent, you need to create a loving, supportive atmosphere in your home. When kids come to a foster home, they have to go through a lot of adjustments. They’ll probably have to move schools, make new friends, adjust to the workload and get used to having you and your spouse as … Read more5 Tips to Make a Child Feel Welcome in a Foster Home
There is a common misconception that the children living in foster care are all made of the same cloth, so to speak. Modern media sources have made it appear that all foster children come from impoverished, abusive homes without exception to the rule. This, however, is far from the truth. Who Are the Children in … Read moreWho Are the Children in Foster Care?
October is one of the most pleasant times of the year because the weather starts to improve and there are many fall festivals. If you and your foster child have been inside a lot because of the extremely hot weather, there are budget-friendly ways to enjoy the month of October. Here are some budget-friendly ideas. … Read moreBudget-Friendly October Activities for Your Foster Child
When your foster child comes to live in your home, the adjustment period may be difficult. Depending on the age of the child, s/he is going to be going through different things. With younger children, emotions can be completely on the surface because they haven’t learned to hide them yet. Teenagers, on the other hand, … Read moreDeveloping Communication and Listening Skills for Therapeutic Foster Care
Listening to your foster child is one of the most important things you can do for them. It will help you to build trust and connect on a deeper level. You’ll also be giving them the gift of feeling known and understood. Here are a few tips to help you listen to your foster child. … Read moreHow to Listen to Your Foster Child
You can try to prepare for being a foster parent by reading a book or speaking to other foster parents. But often, you’ll find that people tend to gloss over the bad parts because they don’t want to sound like “bad” foster parents. After all, isn’t everyone supposed to love raising children? Aren’t they all … Read more5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Running a Foster Care Home
Many people have heard of foster care, but few know that there are public and private agencies serving foster families. A private foster care agency, also known as Child Placement Agency (CPA), is licensed by the state to provide services in conjunction with the state’s Department for Children and Families (DCF) or Department of Human … Read morePrivate Fostering and Child Placement Agencies: The Basics
Once you have been licensed as a foster care provider, you may not have much time before your first placement. Now is the time to get your home ready so you are prepared for a foster child. Consider these five tips in your preparations. Collect Clothing and Toiletries Stock up on basic toiletries, such as … Read more5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Foster Child
Did you know children are placed in foster care due to no fault of their own? They are just living their little lives while dealing with unstable parents. This might include: Physical or sexual abuse Neglect such as inadequate food, shoddy housing, or being left alone for long periods of time Being witness to violent … Read moreChildren in Foster Care Aren’t Bad Kids!