Foster Children

How Will Adding A Foster Child Affect My Other Kids? – Foster Parents Article

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Becoming a foster parent is a big decision. The decision gets more complicated when there are other kids in your home. Parents often wonder how adding another child to their family will impact their other kids. Is bringing a foster child into your family fair to your other children? What if the foster child’s needs take up too much of your time? Of course, there are no simple answers to these questions.…

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Spend Summer at Ease: Start with a Routine – Foster Parents Article

At the end of the school year, kids can be brimming with excitement – their thoughts wandering towards summer break as they sign each other’s yearbooks and daydream about their newfound freedom. The assignments and projects and homework has piled on for months, and it’s suddenly gone!  For some, there are lots of exciting activities to fill this void, but for foster youth things can be different. At the end of the school year resource parents might wonder: how do…

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7 Resources Every Foster Parent Should Have – Foster Parents Article

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise We’re happy to share this guest blog post from Youth Villages. Youth Villages and Plummer are both members of the Massachusetts Permanency Practice Alliance, which is dedicated to making sure young people leave the foster care system with families who are committed to them forever.  In the meantime, more foster parents are needed.  This post is full of great information; if you’re on the fence about fostering, we particularly like this…

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Birthday Wishes of a Teen in Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

Posted on March 19, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Like many teenagers, I’d like some good stuff for my birthday. Things like a new video game console or clothes. Maybe a party with my friends and my favorite dinner (pizza of course!). If you ask me, these are the things I’ll say I want. But there are other things I want and need. Chances are I won’t tell you about these things. I might not be able to say them…

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Helping Youth in Foster Care Maintain Important Connections – Foster Parents Article

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Think of your foster child as having a family forest rather than a family tree. They have a birth family with their parents and siblings and an extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They may have very close connections with godparents and other important adults. By the time they enter foster care, they may have lived with and been parented by a number of these people. Before joining your…

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Hanging In There as a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Plummer Youth Promise Being a foster parent is a tough job, even in the good times. And, of course, there are the times when things just don’t seem to be going right for your foster child. Despite your best efforts, it seems you can’t get through to the child you want so much to help. You understand that it takes time for your foster child to feel safe in your home and to begin…

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Hanging In There as a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Plummer Youth Promise Being a foster parent is a tough job, even in the good times. And, of course, there are the times when things just don’t seem to be going right for your foster child. Despite your best efforts, it seems you can’t get through to the child you want so much to help. You understand that it takes time for your foster child to feel safe in your home and to begin…

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Gearing Up for the Holidays as a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Plummer Youth Promise The holidays are just around the corner. Like most foster parents, you’re probably eager to share your holiday traditions with your foster child. Here are some things to keep in mind. Remember that the holidays stir up a lot of emotion for almost everyone. Your foster child may struggle with feelings of guilt and sadness. They may worry about their siblings and what kind of holidays they are having. They may…

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Why the Foster Care System is Broken — – Foster Parents Article

I read a Facebook post by a friend and former coworker, discussing her views on the recent shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida. As a high school teacher, she was disgusted with the constraints that doesn’t allow her the time to reach her troubled students; apparently, the shooter had been in foster care. Her remarks revealed to me what is wrong with the foster care system. Please bear with me through this article, as I am frustrated and angry.…

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Instead of Pointing a Finger, We Hold Their Hand… – Foster CARE Closet of Nebraska – Foster Parents Article

Why Children Come Into Foster Care There’s a myth out there that many kids are in foster care because of something they did.  It’s surprising, but that belief is stronger than you might realize.  Especially when it comes to teenagers, many assume there was behavior issues with the child.  Although there may be some isolated instances where that is the case, it’s the exception, not the rule.     In reality, homes where there is drug use, physical, sexual and…

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