News

More often than not, a child comes into care, and as foster parents, we know very little about their story. And depending on their age, they may know little to nothing about their own story. But…every child should be able to have their story (as much as is possible) recorded, because every child matters. Stating…

So…here’s the thing…I love love love sharing with each of you about our foster care journey, about some of the experiences I’ve had as both a foster and adoptive parent, and about a few new things I have learned as I have gone along on this journey.    I have tapped in to my fellow foster parent support system and shared…

What DO you need to have to accept a placement? Well, this depends on the age range (if you have a preferred age range, which often times people do), and gender. Clearly, I will never be able to list all the things, because every child is different and their needs will vary.  But there are some basic items you should probably consider…

I have often referenced something called “compassion fatigue”; you may have heard of it by another name, “blocked care.” Now, I’m not sure how I’ve missed this information for many years, but I’ll admit that I have…which is why I’m writing about it here so that hopefully it doesn’t pass by any of you! What…

I know I have previously talked about the impact fostering has had on my own family’s biological kids…and all the worry about it that we (and many other parents) experienced prior to jumping into foster care.  Today, I’d like to take it further and talk about the impact it has on ALL other kids in a home; this could, of course, be biological children, but it could also…

Often when a child first enters the foster system, the full picture is not known regarding what he/she experienced with their biological family…let alone what behavior they might exhibit as a result of their previous care. DCS and Children’s Bureau will give you as much information as they have available at the time of placement,…

Today, I want to talk about ongoing trainings/continuing education for foster parents because it is required for foster parents. You can’t keep your foster license if you aren’t continually learning new things about how to care for children in your care.  To back up a step, for those who are new to this process, as part of your license, specifically if you…

As with all areas of life, there are things which are appropriate to say and things which are inappropriate to say…and this absolutely applies when talking to foster parents. Now…I am definitely willing to grace people out because I know that many of these things are said out of ignorance or out of just making…

Today I want to give you a few methods for improving connection and attachment within your family. There are lots of them out there and this is just a sprinkling. And…to be perfectly honest…these are great to use with almost anyone, not just kids from hard places, so feel free to use anywhere and as…

As I have mentioned previously, as a foster parent licensed through Children’s Bureau, for each case you will have a DCS family case manager (FCM) and a case manager from Children’s Bureau.   So why the overlap? Or is it overlap? There is a bit of overlap but the overarching reason is simply to be a backup to the FCM and to provide the best possible support to the foster…