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I Love Being a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on February 11, 2020 by Plummer Youth Promise   Sometimes people think I’m crazy for being a foster parent. People ask me why I choose to bring a youth into my home who has so many needs and who presents so many challenges. They ask how I manage to hang in there through some very difficult times. These are tough questions, but I always come back to a one-word answer, love.   I love seeing my eleven-year-old foster daughter…

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Halloween DIY Fun At Home | Creative Ideas – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 25th October 2019 by Beth Owen Halloween D.I.Y Fun Halloween is creeping up on us and is right around the corner! As the cold, dark nights are drawing in, it can be hard to think of activities to do at home with children and young people. Why not spend some time this October creating some fun D.I.Y Halloween creations at home that can be enjoyed by young people of all ages! Carve or Paint a Pumpkin Pumpkins laid…

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Birth Child Stories: Meet Natasha – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 20th September 2019 by Beth Owen BIRTH CHILD STORIES When people make the transition to become Foster Carers it doesn’t just have an impact on them, but it also impacts on the entire family including their own birth children. As a foster carer you are allocated a Supervising Social Worker to support you, as a looked after foster child you are allocated a Social Worker to support you too but for a birth child they can often feel invisible to…

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Working and Fostering | Is it Possible? – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 30th July 2019 by Beth Owen BEING A FOSTER CARER You can become a foster carer whether you’re unemployed, self-employed or working – as long as you have sufficient time available to meet the needs of the child or children placed with you. Foster carers are expected to be available to care for children, attend meetings, training, support groups, and to promote and support contact between a child and their birth family. You must be sure that you…

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From a Foster Child’s Heart: What I Want You to Know – Foster Parents Article

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise As a foster child, here’s what I’d like my foster parent to know. Everything is new to me. When I first join your family, I need to learn so many new things. What time is breakfast and who prepares it? When can I watch TV? How will I get to school and who’ll make sure I have the supplies I need to make a poster for social studies? The list goes…

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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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What Is Fostering? | Foster Care Fortnight – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 14th May 2019 by Beth Owen WHAT IS FOSTERING? So, what is fostering exactly? Put simply, fostering is looking after a young person, who happens to be in the care system, in your own home. Looked after children enter the care system for a variety of reasons, usually due to no fault of their own. They can be very young babies, right up to teenagers on the brink of adulthood. Being a foster carer means that you offer…

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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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Why Become a Foster Parent? – Foster Parents Article

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? You’re not alone. Many of us contemplate this life-changing question because we care about kids and want what’s best for them. Here are a few of the most common reasons people consider becoming a foster parent. You have a friend who’s a foster parent. You get the chance to see them close up with their foster child. On one hand, you’re in…

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9 Steps to Become a Foster Parent in Texas – Foster Parents Article

Wondering how to become a foster parent in Texas? Foster In Texas (FIT) works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find loving families for thousands of children each year. We know that getting started as a new foster parent may seem overwhelming, so we’ve simplified the process into nine steps. 1. Qualify to Apply for Foster Care Placement To qualify to become a foster parent in Texas, you must: Be single or married (if married, for a minimum of…

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