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Some of you may be wondering what happens to all the things the child you are fostering accumulates? Now, some of this might be obvious. But, just in case there’s any doubt. I’d like to briefly touch on it. As I mentioned previously, when a child enters the foster care system in Indiana a $200…

As you probably know by now, most children (there’s always an exception of course) in care have visits with biological family. But one thing that is often not discussed is the reentry into the foster home after a child has a visitation. Now…you won’t know (often until the child gets back to your home) what…

I want to talk to you this week about self-care. And no eye-rolling because I’m certain many of you think you don’t need it. But trust me: you do (or you will)…I know about that of which I speak. Self-care was not something I ever really held in high regard or thought was important for…

So what exactly do I mean by unanticipated guests? I mean, we all probably expect a child to probably arrive with little to no possessions. Maybe they need a shower or bath. But there are actually a number of things a child may arrive with which are unanticipated (or at the very least undesirable). And…

I know that I can sometimes throw a lot at you in my posts, but don’t necessarily go deep into any topic…because it’s a blog, right? And most definitely, you want to have some depth in an area which I don’t have margin to provide. But there is good news! Lots of people have written…

The last foster care support system I want to address is foster care resource closets. To be clear, these are places which help provide necessities for foster parents, above and beyond what DCS will help cover. You may be asking yourself, “so why are these even necessary?” Well, you may not know that when a…

So, many of you have probably heard that false allegations are sometimes made against foster parents. It may be a reason you’ve not yet thrown your hat into the ring. The fear of having “a 310 called on you” is terrifying and can be a thought in the back of your mind when you foster….

So, the next topic I’d like to tackle under foster care supports is something called care communities. Groups like this might exist in other places under different names, but I know them best as care communities and here’s what they are. Care communities are operated out of a variety of churches across the state (and…

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…