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Foster Parents at the Senate – Foster Parents Article

On November 19, 2019, a grassroots non-profit organization that we are a part of, called Foster Parents Together, were given the opportunity to speak to the Oregon State Senate on Legislature Listening Days. The goal was to voice concerns, experiences, and recommendations to politicians who have the power and duty to improve the foster care system. Often, a missing voice in the conversations regarding fixing the foster care system is the voice of the foster families who live the struggle…

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How to Stay Organized While Fostering – Foster Parents Article

I hate feeling overwhelmed and unorganized. Since starting this journey, one of my biggest fears and stresses is missing an appointment or obligation. Last year our went from two kids to four kids in a very short period of time. With all the appointments that a newborn needs as well as getting our newest kiddos caught up on their appointments as they came into care, missing an appointment was bound to happen. I straight up missed an appointment one week,…

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10 Tips for Successful Foster Care Visits – Foster Parents Article

As we write this post, our kiddos are on a visit. Visitation is an aspect of being a foster parent that is quite interesting, but honestly, not that unique in the world of parenting. If you were raised in a family that experienced a divorce, visitation in foster care can be compared to visitations or shared custody between divorced parents. This post is a guide to help foster parents navigate the intricacies of visitations, and hopefully set themselves, their kiddos,…

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Foster Care Visitation (Pt. 1) – Foster Parents Article

I want to spend some time talking about visitations. If you are new to foster care, or even if your own family is going through a separation or divorce, you may be getting introduced and familiarized with the idea of visitations. You might also find yourself experiencing and getting familiarized with emotions and behaviors surrounding visitations. Behaviors both from the kiddos, and the adults involved. I wrote this post with the hope to encourage you during these potentially difficult times.…

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How Would You Rate Your Pain? – Foster Parents Article

We are very excited to share a guest post from Emergency Mamas. It is wonderful to find like minded Foster Parents who also share honest glimpses into their world and the hard work we do as foster parents. Although we are on the same journey, it is very interesting and informative for us read the experiences and perspectives of others, and see the similarities and differences. We hope you enjoy their post and blog as much as we do! How…

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We Have An(other) Emergency – Pt. 5 – Foster Parents Article

Abram, 5 We were relaxing one Sunday morning, just the two of us, Trevor was at respite. The morning was amazing! We slept in until around 8:30 or so, woke up, sipped coffee, and cleaned the house. That is what respite allows for us, and it is great. Then, because our life is so predictable, our moment of respite was interrupted by a call from the emergency placement desk. A boy, who they thought was seven or eight years old,…

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We Have An(other) Emergency – Pt. 4 – Foster Parents Article

Ryan, 2 We got a call during work, asking if we had room to care for a two year old boy for the night. He and his two other siblings had been removed from their previous foster home, most likely a family friend or relative, because they failed to become emergency certified in the allowable time. We have no idea the circumstances surrounding the kiddo being in care, or why their initial placement failed to become certified, we just know…

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We Have An(other) Emergency – Pt. 3 – Foster Parents Article

Carlton, 8 After Brit left, DHS quickly realized that our home was open to all children, not just infants and babies.  The older you are, the harder it is for DHS to find a placement for your, long term or short term.  So after Brit left, we very quickly received a call about an 8-year old boy who needed a home, after being removed from his parents and spending the weekend in a hotel.  We talked to Trevor, and he…

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We Have An Emergency – Pt. 2 – Foster Parents Article

Brit, 16 Our first call for an emergency placement was for Brit. She was 16, and the Placement Desk could not give us a lot of initial information about who she is or what the circumstances were for her needing a placement immediately, but stated that it does not sound like their were any behaviors or major issues that would make it a difficult placement. It was a Friday, we were off for the weekend, and we felt that we…

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We Have An Emergency – Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

Emergency Foster Care Placements This post is the first in a series of 6, that discusses what Foster Care Emergency Placements are, how and why we decided to open our home to Emergency Foster Care Placements, and our experience as an Emergency Placement Home. We Have An Emergency When Ariel left our home for her potential forever home, we needed time to process the change in our family, and reflect on our journey.  When a child leaves your home, even in the…

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