Author: Andra Martinez

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…

I know in a previous post I discussed navigating the holidays with biological parents. Now, I’d actually like to put some thoughts down regarding the holidays in terms of the foster kids themselves. This year, being what it is, we might not all have the large family gatherings that we have had in the past….

Should Siblings Always Be Placed Together? Well, the answer to this question is a definitive “maybe…it depends”…because there are a variety of circumstances that help determine if siblings should/could be placed together in a home. Unfortunately, it comes down to whether or not there is a foster home willing and able to accept a whole…

(Indianapolis, IN, March 22, 2019) – March of Dimes Indiana Chapter has awarded a grant to Children’s Bureau to support Safe Sleep trainings, aimed at serving maternal and child health needs in Madison County. This program will provide education and safe sleep materials to over 200 families over the course of a year. This grant…

The Children’s Bureau Foundation has received a grant of $10 million under Lilly Endowment Inc.’s latest round of financial sustainability grants to central Indiana human services agencies. This grant is one of 10 grants totaling $80 million that are designed to help agencies that serve persons with disabilities and vulnerable children and youth enhance their…

“Beautiful Disaster” says the tattoo about an inch above the vertical scar she bears from open heart surgery. Her arms are scarred from a workplace accident. Her piercing blue eyes are so light they are almost transparent. At age 27, Tara has already lived through more than most people will in a lifetime. And while…