Foster carers diary: a memorable day out for siblings – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers diary: Foster parent Mike writes about a family day out. Foster care at Rainbow Fostering is all about being hugely committed to the idea that all our foster carers commit themselves to giving the children they care for a stimulating, memorable experience. This means participating in the wide range of activities that we provide – as well as days out and trips. Childhood is a special time. All children deserve to have happy memories to look back on:…

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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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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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Changing the What-If’s for Emergency Foster Care Placements – Foster Parents Article

Many times, children may immediately be removed from their parents if the situation is dangerous. What this means for a foster parent is that calls can happen at anytime of day or night. One summer night, our phone rang at 11pm. As I groggily answered the call, a caseworker told me that she had a sibling group of 3 that needed a place to stay – a preschooler, a toddler, and an infant. “Can you take all these foster kids?”…

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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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Can I Really Help My Adopted Child? Or Are Genes More Important Than Environment? – Foster Parents Article

We have all heard that “know it all” parent say under their breath, “If that were my child they wouldn’t act like that.” You may hear it at the park, at school functions, and even at church. Every day, parents of children with behavior problems, may ask themselves, “Am I the right parent for this child? If my child were being raised in a different home, would their behavior be different?” As an adoptive parent, I must admit that I…

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What Foster Parents Must Know About Instant Family – Foster Parents Article

Instant Family is a movie specifically about foster parenting – I absolutely LOVED it! WARNING: Instant Family is NOT a family movie! When I mention in conversations that I’m a foster parent, what usually follows is a barrage of inquisitive questions.   How do you become a foster parent?  Why are the kids in foster care? What happened to their “real” parents?  For the most part, a majority of people don’t understand what it’s like to open your home to not…

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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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