Articles related to: Foster Home
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Every new placement will need something. It is a true roll of the dice regarding what that might be, but it usually involves a trip to a pharmacy or department store, often at an inconvenient hour.
As fostering families become more seasoned, they prepare in advance so some things are just an arms length away. Here are some of the top suggestions our all-star parents stock up on for success when a new placement arrives
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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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It is a term that is used often in foster care, right from the first MAPP class and all along. There’s good reason, too. Humans thrive on structure- a predictable routine and environment of known factors. For children and youth who have experienced countless changes and trauma, structure helps reset the brain and allow it to regulate emotions, learning, and expectations.
That’s all fine and well, but if you’re new to the world of
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You’ve submitted the Foster Care Inquiry Form. You’ve completed the Application. You’ve had a Physical Standards Inspection of your home and passed. You submitted your Autobiography and now, you’ve scheduled your first Foster Parent Interview.
Your heart beats a little bit faster. What is going to happen? What if you say the wrong thing? Is there a wrong thing?
Foster care interviews are a little awkward at first. It is hard to open your
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A buffet of food, laid out on a beautiful table. Aromas of savory dishes, sweet treats, and spicy appetizers tease the nose. The mouth waters, the stomach rumbles. A starving person throws himself at the feast, grabbing with both hands, barely chewing, barely registering all that he is taking in, barely able to breathe around this life saving relief. Other diners step back, wide-eyed at the sight, but politely understand. He is the guest of
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“I’m her seventeenth.”
Foster mom’s voice was full of emotion. My eyes widened, my skin prickled. “Seventeenth? Home?”
“Yes, she’s seven, her sister is four, and I’m their seventeenth.”
A is seven years old and has lived in seventeen homes. D is four years old and has lived in nearly as many. For the seven year old, that means a new home roughly every four months. For the four year old, that means a new