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So, last time I discussed support through in-person groups; and as promised, I’d like to now talk about online support groups. These are the groups that are only ever online. They typically have moderators who can approve posts, and/or remove posts which do not fit within the group’s membership guidelines. They are on social media…

To continue our series on supports while fostering, I’d like to take some time today and talk about in-person support groups. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, they are often virtual. But they still differ from online support groups in that you actually can see and talk to people. You can get to know them, hear…

Let’s talk about some natural supports for foster parents. Sometimes people ask me, how do you survive at this foster parenting thing…how do you even do it?” And the answer is lots of support. Support while fostering can, and should, come from several different sources. If you rely on one avenue for all your support,…

In this blog, I want to help you understand important sources of support. Department of Child Services (DCS) is definitely one, as well as the agency you may have gotten licensed through. (in this blog I presume it to be Children’s Bureau). Many of you have probably heard less than positive stories about DCS; I…

I know some of you might be getting tired of me discussing holidays and birthdays and how they affect foster kids and the foster family…so I assure you that this is (probably) the last blog on this topic, at least for a while. Focusing on holiday and birthday traditions familiar to only your family does…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Annie Martinez 317 625-6005 amartinez@childrensbureau.org   Children’s Bureau and Families First Sign Merger Agreement INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (January 21, 2021)— Children’s Bureau and Families First, two of Indiana’s most established nonprofits—have joined forces to better serve families and children. With roots in the community that go back more than 185 years, a…

I already discussed how holidays can look with the addition of (or at least acknowledgement of) biological parents and the inclusion of foster children in the foster family festivities. But, we still have a whole year of other holidays and birthdays in front of us. So, I thought I’d take a minute and talk about…

Sometimes, a child is placed in the home and it seems like he is a perfect fit into the family. But as time goes by, and his case plays out and he becomes legally free, the foster family does not adopt him. Why is that?  I am sure that for people who have not yet…

Today I’d like to cover a few of the fallacies associated with the home of a foster parent. We’ve all heard this, that and the other about what DCS requires for a foster care license; so, let’s just go ahead and put a few things out there to clarify. I’ll start off with a simple…

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I want to take a minute to address navigating them with biological families. I’ll be the first to admit that I *might* not have handled our holiday experiences as well as I would have liked. But, I am hopeful that you can (once again) learn from my shortcomings. Here’s the…