When you decide to become a foster parent, you are essentially making the decision to let another person into your family. In general, this is not a decision that anyone makes lightly. Indeed, as adults, you and your spouse will now be responsible for the wellbeing of one or more minors. You will play an … Read more3 Tips to Make Your Child Feel Welcome in Family Foster Care
All parents want to raise happy, healthy children. This can become even more challenging when fostering a child. Many foster children come from abusive or neglectful environments. Foster parents strive to build confidence, self-esteem, and compassion in the children they care for so they can begin to heal and grow up to live productive, fulfilling … Read more5 Ways to Encourage Kindness in Your Foster Child
There are far more children in need of foster homes than there are foster homes to offer. This tragic fact means that many children are being placed outside of their home community, or in shelters. When this happens, children lose not only their family, but also their school friends, teachers, coaches, and sense of connection to … Read moreFoster Care Training: What to Expect
One of, if not the, biggest fear for those considering foster care is having to say goodbye. Understanding the fact that foster care is largely temporary is essential when deciding whether or not foster care is right for your family. Even those with the healthiest of grasps on this reality may find it difficult to … Read moreA Word on Saying Goodbye
Foster Care. Those very words sound ugly, sad, and hopeless. However, this misconception could not be more from the truth. Foster care is very lively and can have positive outcomes for some unfortunate situations. Everyone has some idea about what foster care lacks. More often than not, the best things are overlooked. Some positives include … Read moreThe Very Best Things About Foster Care
Have you considered becoming a foster parent, but aren’t sure you have what it takes? Do you want to help children in need, but don’t know what to expect? Are you overwhelmed by the potential legal and emotional issues, and not quite ready to make the commitment? Don’t worry. We know that becoming a foster … Read moreWe Train Foster Parents
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.
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.
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.
A foster parent can provide countless benefits to the children they foster, but those benefits also extend to the other (biological) children in the house.
While bringing in a new family member certainly creates a period of transition, it also comes with the opportunity to complement and enhance your children’s lives.