Category: Kris’s Corner

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…

So I want to circle back to something I alluded to a couple weeks ago. Children who are not reunified with their biological family are not automatically adoptable by a foster family. There are several possible avenues that DCS may deem most appropriate. These include a variety of possibilities: kinship, guardianship, independent living, and aging…

I don’t know about you, but I love a good “underdog” story. You know what I’m talking about, right? We’ve all seen them (or have probably at least heard of them): “Rocky”, “Hoosiers”, and “The Hunger Games” to name a few. Why, then, do we fail to cheer for the underdogs when it comes to…

So here’s the thing, for some reason when I talk to people about “foster care”, their minds often automatically switch to “adoption”. And I am here to tell you: Foster Care does NOT equal adoption. Now, are SOME children adopted out of the foster care system? Absolutely! My youngest son was adopted through foster care,…

April 23, 2020 Becoming a foster parent is not a decision to be entered into lightly. Foster parenting is not always an easy path, but that said, it is not without much joy…joy at seeing children heal (both physically and emotionally); joy at seeing biological parents turn their lives around so their children can come…