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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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Our foster parents here at JRI represent a diverse bunch of people- and we LOVE that! The more diverse, the stronger we are as a program and the better we can serve the diverse needs of children and youth in the Commonwealth.
Regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or identity, marital status, education, ethnicity, culture, parenting experience, or so many other demographic qualities, here are the top 10 unifying qualities shared by our successful foster
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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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How long have you been thinking about fostering? Is this a new idea or something you’ve considered for some time?
This is often the first question I ask folks, and the answer is almost always the same: years. But they weren't sure they were ready. They weren't sure they are enough.
They've spent years picturing what it would be like to prepare a room for a child, of the things they would do with a child or