Articles related to: Foster Parenting
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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
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What if there was one more bed?
One more bed for a 14 year old would mean that Kayla could step down from a group care program where she’s completed her service plan. She has skills to manage her anxiety and a care team to support her. She could live with a family while her biological family regains its footing. She could feel a bit more like a regular kid.
One more bed for a
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May is National Foster Care Month. It is a month to reflect upon the confusing system that is foster care, to keep children in care, foster parents, biological parents, foster siblings (the children of foster parents), foster care workers, judges, lawyers, GALs, CASA workers, and everyone else in your thoughts. And for some of our foster parents, it is the right time to reflect back upon why they choose to foster.
Mama B is one
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Applying to Become a Licensed Foster Parent: References
There are many steps to becoming a licensed foster parent. Background checks, obtaining documentation, attending MAPP class, and the homestudy. One of the most over-looked and under-appreciated components of the study, however, is the reference section.
Agencies are required to obtain personal references, employer references, school references (if applicants have school-aged children in their home), and medical references. Agencies may ask different questions on their forms, but
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It is an undertaking that can be hard on the heart. When we mention good self-esteem as a quality we seek for potential foster parents, people often give us a quizzical look. Why would that matter? Well, let’s explore that.
When kiddos lack control in life, they often seek to find ways to create control. For children placed in foster care, all of the control of their lives has been stripped away. Where
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They arrived home in tears.
“He needs us, Miss J, he needs to be here!!!”
Our foster mom, Miss J, didn’t know what words to say to comfort the sobbing little girls in her kitchen. CFC parents are limited to two placements, so the girls’ brother was placed elsewhere.
The visit had been horrible, worse than usual. Their mom, pregnant with a new child, explained she wasn’t taking them back, she was signing over her