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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.
It is that time of year again. Busses wheeze through neighborhoods, opening doors with a groan as students clatter into seats. Playgrounds burble with excited shrieks and laughter as recess again takes over. Lockers slam and reminders to walk, not run ring through previously silent hallways. School is back in session.
School has a unique place in a child’s life. It is routine, predictable, regulated. There is something very known about school. Even a
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
“Mommy Wine Time” seems an increasingly common piece of our culture. Memes about the frustrations of parenting populate social media. Mom's Night Out Groups are popping up. Man Caves are a thing. Parents are tired. Parents are venting.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. It is a pressure release valve and we all need that.
Recognizing when you need a break, recognizing when things are hard, recognizing when you may LOVE the little people you
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
As we discussed in our previous blog, supporting our foster parents is necessary. We believe that in order to serve our children and youth in the best way possible, we must serve our parents to the best of our ability. Over the years, we have tried different techniques. Some have been effective and some have not, but here are a few more of the things we try to do to make the life of a