The ABCs of Becoming a Foster Parent: What You Need to Know A-Z
After being a foster parent for five years, Tammy has learned quite a bit about the alphabet soup of the foster care system. Although extensive foster parent training is required to become a foster parent, it’s another language, really. New terms entered your vocabulary – behavior intervention, birthfamily, CASA, court hearings, family visits, home visit, […]
You Must Be Crazy to Be a Foster Parent: 7 Tips to Keep Your Sanity - Foster2Forever
Foster parenting is not for the faint of heart! The goal in foster care is ALWAYS reunification with birthfamily, if at all possible. And sometimes it isn’t easy. Supporting reunification can be difficult, especially given some situations of dysfunctional, unstable families on the brink of collapse. But what if your home is much more stable? […]
Essential items for Fostering
General Lice Kits: GET A COUPLE OF THESE, do not skip this!! Extra Suitcases (ask friends for old ones or check out thrift stores): When a child leaves you want to be able to send them on with suitcases rather than "trash bags" so keeping some extras are handy. Lock Box for medications Rubbermaid with Lid: Keep one available to put any items the child comes with in until you have a chance to go through them together. You will want to wash any clothing, bedding, stuffed animals in very hot…
What Life Was Like as a Teen in Foster Care
Today’s guest post was written by my friend Jackie from LJSkool. She spent some of her youth as a teen in foster care where she was placed with a very caring foster mother. I know you will al…
True Story: I Went Through the Foster Care System -
"It’s extremely hard to keep up a relationship with someone simply because you share DNA if you don't have any shared values or life aspirations."
News from California, the nation and world - Los Angeles Times
"Aging out: voices from those in the foster care system" About 400,000 children in the U.S. live in foster care, according to federal officials. Entry into the foster care system is meant to keep them safe, but the reality is often fraught with its own...
How to Adopt a Child from the U.S. Foster Care System
Learn how to adopt a child in the U.S. foster system. Get answers to common questions about adopting from foster care.