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Foster care is a large, complex system. It is important to remember that individual lives and stories make up foster care. Please take a moment to hear Jazzlynn's story, one of the many Faces of Foster Care.
Jazzlynn, or "Jazzy" for short, is 15 years old. She's been in and out of foster care for the majority of her life. She doesn't remember all of the schools she's been to or the names of the
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Elijah is six years old. His birthday was last month and he had a Pokemon themed party. Not many kids went, but it was still fun. He’s going to dress up as Flying Charmander for Halloween. Elijah can tell you all about Pokemon and every character. He loves to play the online games and has every book he can find about them. He watches the cartoons every chance he gets.
Elijah has lived with the
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It takes folks an average of 6-9 months to become licensed for foster care and there are outliers who may take even more time. Why so long?
Well, there are a number of factors. Every foster care applicant has to complete MAPP class, which is 10 weeks long (one three hour session per week for ten weeks). If you can’t attend the soonest MAPP class, it likely won’t be offered again for a few months
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“The hoops are too much for me to go through for me to offer such a kind thing.”
I draw my breath in and let it out slowly.
Another applicant bites the dust.
Another home does not open their door.
Another child is left waiting.
Foster parent licensing is a process. It takes time and effort. Completing an application, running background checks and fingerprints, home interviews, MAPP class, CPR and First Aid, obtaining references...I know
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He left from school. He had his backpack and his homework. He didn't get to hug his mom.
She left from home. There wasn’t time to pack much, they had to get going. She wasn’t sure what to grab, so she just stuffed things into the garbage bag blindly. Turned out to be clothing from last season. She will have to wear a sweater and long pants tomorrow, even though it will be 84 degrees
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According the the national average, nearly half of all homes licensed to provide foster care will quit within their first year of fostering. That means if ten families open their doors, four of those families will close them in less than 12 months.
What does that mean? What is happening?
Fostering is hard. There’s no gentle way to put it. It impacts every facet of a fostering family’s life, from leisure time to work schedules
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Dear Ms. 6,
You arrived in a storm.
It’s okay, I whispered, sliding under the kitchen table next to you. I’m scared of storms, too.
I didn’t sleep the first
night week month ever again, slipping into your room to make sure you’re still there. “If you get sick, or scared, or hurt,” I reminded you endlessly, “you just come into my room and wake me up, or call my name, and
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5 Top Reasons Foster Families Choose JRI
It is hard to know where to start with foster care. Do you choose a state agency or a private agency? What are the differences? What supports will you need? Which is the right fit?
We asked our foster families why they choose JRI and here are the Top Five Reasons our foster families cited!
- The Staff!
Time and time again, our foster families cited the positive relationships
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Dear Foster Friends of JRI,
You may have thought you were just purchasing a holiday gift for a child, something to brighten their Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa celebration. You may have thought it was a simple gesture to make them feel included and to check an item off a wishlist.
I’m here to tell you, every gift was so much more.
Foster Friends, your gift reinforced a child’s right to dream. Your gift was a
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On Friday, she will get the keys to her first apartment.
She will have all of the same butterflies as every young adult who has taken this step. She will walk up the freshly shoveled path to the front stoop. She will turn the key in the lock for the first time, swing open the door, and step into independence.
She is nineteen. Most of her peers are still at home or in dorms for