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One role of a foster parent which isn’t often discussed is that of “keeper of the story”. And what I mean by that is that as a foster parent, you are tasked with preserving and holding the story of the child entrusted to your care… So what IS the big deal about the story behind…

So I have been ruminating this week about what we thought foster care would be like versus what it has ended up being for us. This will obviously be very different for every single person, but here are just a few of my thoughts and ramblings. Six years ago last week, a teeny, tiny, well-below-the-growth-chart,…

For once a belief some people have about foster care is actually true: not every child who comes into foster care has Medicaid. Albeit, most of them do enter the system on Medicaid…but not all of them. But before anyone panics and thinks that you shouldn’t be a foster parent simply because the child might…

This is one thing that people sometimes “wah wah wah” to me about…” It just takes so long to get licensed.” But honestly, it is more about how motivated someone is to get their foster care license. True, there are aspects about the licensing process over which you have no control…primarily once your application heads…

OK, so there are days when I have the thought, “I am too old for this!” But, I know it is not really true. Naturally, there may be an age when an individual might be too old to foster, which will vary from person to person…I’ll grant you that. But, it is WAY older than…

I completely understand why people would ask this question. Kids who come into foster care have all experienced trauma…even if the trauma is primarily being removed from everyone and everything they’ve ever known. That experience of removal, in and of itself, is trauma. More than likely there is additional trauma, which manifests in a variety…

Sometimes people think that when they sign on to be foster parents, they are not able to have any say in the type of placement they take. But that is simply untrue. When you fill out your paperwork, you have the opportunity to go through an extensive list of behaviors and experiences you can choose…

“I can’t be a foster parent because foster parents have to be married.” This is yet another untrue comment which people sometimes make to me. And there’s not too much I need to say about this other than that is simply not the case. Indiana does not require foster parents to be married. They can,…

“So I have heard that Foster Care is the cheapest way to adopt…is that true for a baby too?” Um….technically yes I suppose it is, because the cost to adopt through foster care is less than any other form of adoption. However, there are not many babies who are legally-free for adoption through the foster…

Before we became foster parents, my friends who had fostered would talk about their CASAs and apparently I just didn’t fully absorb what a CASA does. Or who a CASA is in a case. Or what an involved CASA can mean in the life of a child. I realize that some (or many) of you…