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Foster Parent Support
They tore around the large room. Blocks were immediately turned into missiles, beverages on tables grabbed, anything within reach grabbed. Their eyes darted around, yet they avoided eye contact at all costs. We were unknown, this place was unknown.
“Is it always like this?” I asked, breathless after chasing down my work phone which had nearly gone airborne.
“Since they arrived, yes…It’s like they’ve never been in a house before,” Foster Mom said, catching a
We call an Uber or a Lyft for a ride to the airport. We call AAA if we get a flat tire. We call DoorDash if we are sick and don’t have the energy to cook a meal for our family. We nod to our neighbors but don’t know their names or invite them in for coffee. We connect with family and friends via social media, but rarely reach out in person. The days are
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
“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 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