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A School-aged Child May Be Right for Your Foster or Adoptive Family If...

Thinking About Fostering or Adopting a School-aged Child?

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Foster children enjoy playing in the leaves. A school-aged child may be a lot of fun to parent.

A school-aged child may be a lot of fun to foster parent or adopt as they like to try new activities.

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Part of the decision making process involved in foster parenting or adoptive parenting is the age of child that would fit into the foster or adoptive family. Have you been wondering of a school-aged child fits into your home? If you are thinking about foster or adopting a school-aged child here are a few things to consider.

A school-aged child may be right for your foster or adoptive family if ....

  • ...you are ready to help a child discover their strengths and talents, whether in sports, art, or dance.

  • ...you are ready to make the time to help keep a child active by enrolling them in activities that explore and strengthen talents.

  • ...you are ready to drive your child from dance, to soccer, and to boy or girl scouts.

  • ...you are ready to nightly tackle third grade multiplication tables or fifth grade spelling during the school year and catch fireflies at night during the summer.

  • ...you love helping a child figure out a science project or research paper, even if it's on a last minute notice.

  • ...you are ready to volunteer at the school and know what it means to be a room mother or how to bake several dozen cup cakes for a class party or help out at school field trips.

  • ...you can encourage friendships and helping a child build those friendships with play dates and time with friends.

  • ...you understand the importance of positive discipline and ready to encourage positive behavior through appropriate discipline techniques.

  • ...you know that school-aged children can entertain themselves, but will also need to be entertained by you sometimes.

  • ...you are excited to teach a child how to play hop scotch, catch a pop fly, or sleep in a tent in the back yard.

  • ...you are ready to rediscover miniature golf or get into the latest Disney movie craze.

  • ...you are ready to help a school-aged child enjoy childhood again.

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