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.
Foster parenting is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. Foster families understand that reunification of children with their biological parents is the most important goal when children enter protective custody. This process can be draining and emotional, but it is possible to support reunification even if you do not want to.
I recently wrote an article for Adoption.com about this topic. You can read it by clicking here.
Foster parenting is hard but anything we do for children is always worth it!
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!