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I wanted to take the next few weeks and do a short little series of posts called “From the Trenches: What I Wish I’d Known”. To garner my information, I surveyed a pool of foster parents and asked them what things they wish they would have known prior to fostering. There are so many things…

In honor of National Foster Care Month and a year when vacations can actually happen, I thought revisiting “Vacations with Your Foster Child” was appropriate. One thing I want to clarify before I launch in: when you have a kiddo from foster care, they will have “special-needs“. They might have a medical condition or emotional…

Mother’s Day. It gets me every year … since our son came to live with us. I wish I could say it gets easier; but, honestly the opposite is true. I think about his birth mom more on Mother’s Day than any other time. I try to put myself in her shoes and imagine what…

So, some of you may still be reeling at the thought of giving the biological family your contact information once the child has been reunified. And if that’s you, you may want to sit down for this post. For part two of my blog about exceeding expectations with reunification, I mostly want to address the…

Last time we talked about possessions/gifts going with the children when they go home to the biological family or to another foster home. Today I’m going to talk about additional things you might want to consider sending when a child is reunified with their family of origin. Now, we all KNOW that reunification is the…

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…