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All About Foster Care and Foster Parenting

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Foster care and foster parenting comes with its own challenges, needs and rewards. Spend some time finding tips and hints for some of the most commonly asked questions about foster care and foster parenting.
  1. Making the Decision to Be a Foster Parent
  2. First Steps
  3. Working with Birth Families
  4. Helping Your Foster Child Settle In
  1. Foster Parenting Challenges and Special Concerns
  2. Managing Holidays and Other Special Occasions
  3. Share Your Foster Parenting Advice with Others
  4. Free Parenting & Foster Care Classes

Making the Decision to Be a Foster Parent

Foster Care Children Find Joy in Simple Activities, Like Playing in Leaves

Here's a fun statistic. Most people spend 12 to 18 months thinking about foster care before taking the steps to becoming licensed. So, what is keeping you from taking those first steps?

First Steps

There is a process to almost everything and foster parenting is no different. Learn the basic steps to becoming a foster parent, how to welcome a child into your home, and work with social workers.

Working with Birth Families

We are often called as foster parents to mentor the birth family so that the children can return home. This is part of the foster care process, a source of frustration, and often a source of joy in seeing families reunited.

Helping Your Foster Child Settle In

I remember when we went and picked up our first foster child. We were so nervous and really, really cautious and over protective. Those first few days we really didn't know what we were doing, but we wanted to do everything perfectly. We quickly learned that that wasn't possible, so we just decided to do our best.

Foster Parenting Challenges and Special Concerns

While training families to become foster parents, the concerns are usually the same. Here are some of the top challenges and special concerns of foster parenting, and ideas on how to handle them.

Managing Holidays and Other Special Occasions

Foster care is a year-round job. Find tips for helping children adjust over the holidays as well as partnering with birth parents through holidays and other special occasions.

Share Your Foster Parenting Advice with Others

Now it's your turn as a foster parent to share your wisdom with other foster parents. No matter where you are in the world, foster children seem to be the same. Share some of your wit, tips and tricks with other foster parents. You may have the exact answer someone is looking for.

Free Parenting & Foster Care Classes

Find free foster care or parenting classes to help with the day to day issues foster and adoptive parents face.

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