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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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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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Two excuses to not become foster parents – Foster Parents Article

Guest post as part of our National Adoption Month series: Post by Gena Thomas________________________________________________________________________________ About four million Americans go on missions trips every year,[i] many of which are to orphanages. We go overseas, hold HIV positive babies, take pictures of them, and then fly home. We tell our American friends and family about how great it was to hold them, how awesome it was to love them, and we smile upon our remembrances. But all too often, that’s where the…

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This is pure joy in foster care. – Foster Parents Article

Guest post as part of our National Adoption Month series: Post by Sarah Harmeyer ____________________________________________________________________________________ Pure joy. There are moments like that in foster care. Moments your heart bursts with love and fullness. Moments the smile just won’t leave your face. It’s those moments, those soul-soaring gifts from our kiddos that we cherish long after the child leaves our arms. It was like that one night with one of mine.My new-to-speaking kiddo was having a tough day. When he’d first…

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