Foster Care Awareness month has come and gone but the need for a better understanding of the foster care system, and the children in it, never goes away. There are lots of misperceptions and myths circling around about kids in the foster care system; troubled, unwanted.
While some kids in the system struggle with emotional and behavioral issues (given the impact of trauma on a developing child), it is extremely rare to find a foster child that is not wanted by someone. Here’s the link to an article I wrote about this subject: Foster Kids are not Unwanted Kids
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject!
Hello there, friends!
If you have considered fostering or adopting but you are unsure about bringing children who have experienced abuse or neglect into your home, here’s an article I wrote regarding this very topic: Fostering/Adopting a Child Who Comes from an Abusive Home
I’m away on vacation with my family for this week, but as always, if you have questions feel free to use my Contact Me page and I’ll be more than happy to respond to your queries and concerns.
Did you know that May is National Foster Care Awareness Month? I’ve said it before but I think that bringing awareness to the issues surrounding the foster care system should be a continual quest.
Recently, I wrote an article for Adoption.com regarding not letting the “bad stories” you hear keep you from foster parenting or adopting. Let’s face it. There are some not-so-savory stories out there about the difficulties of working within the system and caring for foster children, but there are also some wonderful stories, happy endings, and just brilliant examples of love, redemption, and determination.
You can read the article by clicking on this link: Don’t Let the “Bad Stories” Keep You From Adopting or Fostering I hope it helps you discern if foster parenting or adoption is the right path for you and your family.
As always, I wish you much love and many blessings,
I know many of you are either currently fostering or considering it. You might be thinking, “How can I foster when I work full-time?” Well, let me tell you, it is not easy; especially if you are placed with a newborn. However, it is possible!
Here is a link to an article I wrote regarding my experience fostering a newborn while working full-time: Click here to read the article.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. The hardest things you will do in life rarely are the easiest. For all of you who are considering foster parenting but not sure due to your work schedule, I hope this article helps. For those who are currently fostering babies and working full-time, hang in there. It does get better. You will (eventually) get some sleep.
Never forget that it is ALWAYS worth it. Every single ounce.
I was recently tasked with the job of writing an article for Adoption.com regarding “AHA” moments that changed my adoption path. For the article, I chose to focus on four moments that changed my perspective of the path to adoption. These moments are ones that have stuck with me long after the Judge’s gavel fell and adoption was declared.
To read the article, click on this link: Four “AHA” Moments
I would love to hear about your “AHA” moments!
‘Tis the season for holiday travel and planning vacations! Vacationing while providing foster care to children may seem a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. For many children in care, taking a vacation is an awesome experience filled with memories.
Here is an article I wrote regarding some helpful tips when planning your family vacation:
Click on this link: Foster Kids and Vacation
For new foster parents, getting involved with the child welfare system can be quite overwhelming. There are meetings, court hearings, visits, rules, and all a ton of paperwork. There is also the deep desire to meet the kids where they are at and help them heal.
I recently wrote an article for Adoption.com regarding tips a new foster parent can do to navigate the system. Click on this link to view it: Tips to Navigate the Child Welfare System
I hope you find this helpful! Does anyone have other tips that a new foster parent will find useful? If so, I’d love to hear them!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between traditional foster care and therapeutic foster care? In my job, I’ve been asked this question a lot. I recently wrote an article about this very subject. You can read the article by clicking the link below:
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
I hope this answers your questions! There is a great need for therapeutic foster parents, so if it has ever crossed your mind, I greatly encourage you to consider becoming one.
I recently wrote for Adoption.com regarding ten ways to prepare to be a new foster parent. There is so much that new foster parents have to learn, and in many cases, they just won’t know what is valuable information until their first foster child moves in.
This list is short, but hopefully, it will help you if you are preparing to be a new foster parent!
Click here to read the article: Ten Ways to Prepare to be a New Foster Parent
Recently, I wrote an article for Adoption.com regarding five things adoption social workers want to tell to hopeful adoptive parents. It was really difficult to list just five things, as there are so many facets and nuggets of wisdom that social workers can share with families!
From my experience both working in the field and as an adoptive parent, I narrowed down to the five things that I feel are most important for hopeful adoptive families to be aware of and consider. You can read the article by clicking on the link below:
5 Things Every Adoption Social Workers Want to tell to Hopeful Adoptive Parents
If you are a social worker in the field of adoption, what advice do you give to adoptive parents? If you are an adoptive parent (or hoping to be one soon), what is the best advice you have been given by a social worker? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!