Articles related to: foster care
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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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I’m not who I was. I’ve learned, I’ve experienced life, I’ve met new people who have helped make me the person I am in my current form. My brain has grown and developed. Difficult situations have arisen and I’ve survived them. Wonderful moments have happened and I’ve cherished them. If I’d experienced these same moments and situations at fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, twenty-two, etc., I would have responded and reflected differently. Because I’m not who I
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Three years ago on the advice of a co-worker, I read the book A Chance in the World, written by Steve Pemberton and the book was both riveting and eye opening for all of us that work with children. I also had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Pemberton speak in person and was amazed at his resilience and description of the experiences that he had, while placed in foster care, as well as his
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How do you get electricity for your new apartment? How do you open an account with a cable provider? How do you open a bank account? What is a credit score? How do you know which credit card is right for you? How do student loans work? How do you find a career and know if it is right for you? What is a livable wage in your area and what jobs will provide that
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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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The sun hung in the sky longer. School was out, energy was up. Staff members donned on sneakers and athletic clothing to prepare to keep up. A pack of little fellows raced and chased, playing tag, police officer, and superheroes. The swings were kept in business and the slide shot giggling guests down to the woodchips below. A pre-teen caught toads, slugs, worms, and a snail, showing everyone her finds. An infant watched it all
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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
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As an agency, our responsibility is to support our foster parents, so that they can support the children entrusted to their care. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the more support we give, the stronger and better equipped our parents are to manage difficult situations and support a child’s healing process. Here are is Part 1 of JRI Foster Care and Adoption’s key supports:
Foster Parent Support Group
Ten times a month in four different locations, we
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You do an online search. “Foster Care Agencies Near Me.” Four or five names pop up on your screen. You pause and start to wonder. Does it matter which you choose? Don’t they all do the same thing? How do you know which program is right for you?
Just like anything, every agency has its own personality. Call a few agencies. Do they answer your call right away? Do they sound friendly? Do