Year: 2020

“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…

It costs money to raise children…regardless of how they come into your home. Food, clothing, medication, toiletries, toys, and the list goes on, depending on their age. The cost of fostering is something that most people want to ask me about but are reluctant…so I try to do them a favor and bring up the…

So I wanted to take a few minutes to give you the 411 on the ABCs of FC. For some reason, these seem to be on the DL, so oftentimes you have to guess what they *might* mean. But they don’t need to be on the QT…so here’s is your starter list for talking to…

Over the years, I’ve had people tell me that they’re just not sure they could foster because they don’t have any other children, and they’ve never parented. So I typically respond with something like this, “At some point, we were all in the same position…we weren’t always parents either.” Now I know what they’re saying,…

When I meet people and discuss foster care the question that inevitably comes up (even in a five minute conversation while I’m working a booth) is “what if I get too attached?” And sometimes it is followed up with, “I just couldn’t give them back.” Well, first, if you think you would be “too attached,”…

Fresh on the heels of May’s Foster Care Awareness Month, I know that some of you may be wrestling with whether or not to throw your hat in the foster parenting ring. So I want to pause and put a little something out there: not everyone should be a foster parent. Yes, in an ideal…

Continuing in the vein of what happens if a child is not reunified or adopted, today’s subject is Guardianship.  And while it does happen, guardianship is not terribly common within the realm of foster care. It is, however, something I think many people, at least in their minds, interchange with “Adoption”. But while there are…

If you are under the impression that care for foster youth ends promptly at the age of 18, and then they are asked to leave their foster homes, please know this is not the case. This is something that has been incorrectly publicized, and Indiana DCS is doing its utmost through the Older Youth Services…