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
Foster children sometimes come from broken homes and tough circumstances. Thus, as a foster parent, it is vital to build your foster child’s self-worth. That way s/he can recover from those experiences to thrive in life. One thing you shouldn’t do is belittle him verbally. In fact, this will make him shut down and it … Read moreHow You Can Boost Your Child’s Self-Worth
As a foster parent, you may have a number of questions about parenting. Foster care is different, of course, from raising a biological child: raising a child into a rounded adult. However, many of the principles remain the same. If you are caring yet firm and you feel like you are doing your best as … Read moreHow Can You Encourage Your Foster Child to Grow Into a Rounded Adult?
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 see the big need for new foster families and you want to help somehow. Perhaps you have considered your place as a potential foster family but you are not really sure where to start or if you are ready for that level of commitment. That is understandable because it is a huge commitment. Consider … Read moreUnsure About Foster Parenting? Consider Being a Respite Provider
Foster kids are no different than other children born to loving families. They love to learn, play and look forward to a future filled with dreams. The major difference is that their maternal parents were unable to care for them at a particular time in their life. Any of us could have been placed in … Read moreAre you Ready to Take on Foster Kids?
The most vulnerable individuals in our foster care system are those with special needs. These children and adults have various disabilities, such as cognitive impairments, developmental disorders, physical disabilities, or some combination of those. They may have Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or intellectual disabilities. Because of their disabilities, these people require … Read moreFostering Special Needs Children
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
Creating a stable environment is vital for any child’s development. As human beings, we are creatures of habit. We draw comfort from knowing where we will be sleeping each night and when our next meal will come. However, not every child is as lucky to have that type of stable home environment. Thus, it is … Read moreHow to Create Stability in a Foster Child’s Life
What is Respite Care? Homes filled with children are also filled with energy. Parents balancing the needs of birth children and foster children are likely to experience burnout unless they take time to get away and rest. Respite foster care offers a unique opportunity for both foster families and those who might like to serve as … Read moreRespite Care to the Rescue!