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Ten Ways to Help Your Foster Child Succeed in School – Foster Parents Article

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Ten Ways to Help Your Foster Child Succeed in School As the new school year progresses there may be some bumps in the road for your foster child. Here are some tips to help them get back on track. Know their history. How have they done in school previously? Has their education been stable or have they had to move from school to school do to changes in their living situation?…

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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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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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A Day in My Life as a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise 6:30 AM: I’m up before my foster son, Darren. I like to have my first cup of coffee before starting the day’s adventures with my thirteen-year-old. I’ll need the caffeine to keep up with him. Over the six months he’s been with me, we’ve figured out a morning routine that works for us. I knock on his bedroom door fifteen minutes before he has to get up. He has a better…

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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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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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