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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
I love words (which should be of no surprise to those of you who follow this blog- I use a lot of them!). The words we choose, the phrases that have become engrained in our cultures mean so much.
“To raise a child.” It is such a common statement. But what does it mean? Why not “build a child,” “complete a child,” “construct a child,” or something else that describes the work and effort that
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
Mrs. M was gone for two weeks. She cried for the first two days, then checked in with the respite parents regularly. “Is she doing okay? Is she eating? How is she sleeping?”
Mrs. A, respite parent for Mrs. M's 13 month old miracle baby (born substance exposed at 26 weeks gestation, in the hospital for nearly three months before her release to our foster parent, Mrs. M) carried Little Miracle into the office, beaming with delight.
His legs are visibly shaking. There is a voice, off to the side, encouraging him, giving him pointers, supporting him. Below is a woman, arms open, ready to catch him. The child lurches to his knees, clinging to the diving board. Eventually, he slowly lowers himself into the pool.
In the next frame, he is taller, leaner. His goggles are positioned on his face just so. He strides with confidence to the end of the
Foster Care with a Partners: Can one partner be the only foster parent?
From time to time, we receive calls and contacts from people interested in becoming foster parents, but their partners are not interested in doing so. Often, the partner is willing to let the caller try fostering, but does not plan to be involved and is not planning to be an active participant in the fostering process. What do we say?
Fostering is a
Foster care is a confusing world. There are a lot of agencies, systems, and individuals involved. Even within the foster care system itself, there are confusing pieces to navigate. One of the first questions to ask is the type of foster care you are prepared to provide. What are the differences? What are the similarities? What is right for you?
*Please be aware, this is bring written from the perspective of someone working within
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