Working with Birth Parents
Tips for Those with Kinship or Relative Foster Placements
Suggestions on how to go about working with a kinship or relative placement as a foster parent.
Children and Family within the Foster Care System
Understanding the various roles of the birth family within the foster care system.
Foster Children and Celebrating Birthdays
Tips on celebrating birthdays and coordinating plans with and without birth family.
The Importance of Connections for a Child
Understanding why keeping connections is in the child's best interest.
What Is Family Visitation Within the Foster Care System?
Learn more about family visits and what to expect as a foster parent.
What does the word mean in foster care?
Maintaining and Growing Connections Between Birth Parents and Foster Children
Information and tips on building connection between birth parents and foster children in-between visits.
How to Maintain Birth Family Connections While Parents Are Incarcerated
Incarceration doesn't mean that foster children need to lose attachment with their incarcerated parents.
Birth Parent Visitation During a School Day
Tips for evaluating how a foster child's visitation schedule is impacting their school day.
Using Skype in Foster Care and Adoption
Ideas on using Skype to build connections between birth parents and their children.
How to Mentor a Birth Parent at a Parent Teacher Meeting
Here are some tips from an experienced foster parent on how to better role model to birth parents at a parent teacher meeting.
Create a Journal and Backpack to Help Keep Visit Days Organized
Great idea to help organize the foster home in between visits with birth parents.
When Birth Family Can't Make it to a Parent Teacher Meeting
Ideas on how foster parents can help keep birth family informed and connected with their children, even when they can't make it to parent teacher meetings.
What Are the Steps to Family Reunification within the Foster Care System?
Social workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.
Great Foster Parents Know How to Mentor Birth Family
Tips and ideas on how foster parents can help a family be reunited.
Foster Parenting and Potty Training - Working Together
Potty training may present a wonderful opportunity for bonding and co-parenting with the birth family. Learn some things to think about when starting the potty training process as a foster parent.
Mentoring Birth Parents During Medical Appointments for Foster Children
Thoughts from an experienced foster parent on how to best empower birth parents and be a role model during a doctor's appointment for a foster child.
What Are Some Foster Parenting Tips for Mentoring Birth Parents
Please share what has worked or not worked when role modeling for birth parents. Share your foster parenting tips and strategies when mentoring birth parents at school meetings, doctor visits, or with general parenting.
Things to Think About Before Choosing to Care for Your Own
Relationships can be strained when a family decides to provide kinship foster care.