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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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Foster confidence and responsibility by adding a pet – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers can pretty much be split into two groups. Those that have family pets and those that don’t. Okay, so not everyone likes the idea of an animal in their home. That’s okay. It’s a free country. And anyone who ever had a puppy will know that doors get chewed – along with shoes and just about everything else that comes to hand – or rather paw. But for those who are chewing over the idea of introducing a…

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Foster Care applicants and the Initial Home Visit 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster care is it for me? Well, you’ve probably spent plenty of time contemplating becoming a foster carer. You might even have approached a fostering agency (hopefully ours); provided some basic information about your life and circumstances. And if you have progressed this far, you will have been told that the next key stage – providing you wish to proceed with your application  – will be the initial home visit. So now you’ll be thinking about what your initial home…

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Foster care & how to promote anti-bullying in schools 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers are likely to be aware of the annual Anti-Bullying Campaign week promoted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year the theme was ‘Change Starts With Us’ and will be promoted in schools right across England. Everyone in society, not just parents and foster carers has to be concerned about bullying. Indeed, it is not only children who are affected by it. Many adults suffer the consequences of bullying too. But if the problem can be tackled in schools, we…

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How I’ll Make It Through the Holidays as a Foster Parent – Foster Parents Article

Posted on November 27, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise   Dear Self, We’ve been through this before. We know that the holidays can be tough for kids in foster care and for people like us (foster parents). So, as “the season” approaches, let’s try to keep a few things in mind:   No matter what you do, the holidays may be a time of mixed emotions for your foster child. All of the “happy family, home for the holidays” messages…

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RAD in Foster Care – How Hard It Can Be! – Foster Parents Article

Reactive Attachment Disorder – RAD – in foster care can happen when children fail to attach to their primary caregiver early in life. Janie was 42 and Joe was 50 when two biological half-sisters, ages 3 and 5, made them foster parents in middle Tennessee. This is the foster to adopt story of their family. The birth mom had a number of issues and already had two other children that had been adopted out. Eventually, the birth mom voluntarily relinquished…

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Foster care is likely to remain under the spotlight part 1 – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers, like all of us will be able to cast their vote in the upcoming general election. But unlike many of us, they have a unique vantage point. Will they be as susceptible to the verbigeration of politicians canvassing for their votes as ordinary voters: doubtful. In the febrile atmosphere of campaigning, we should all abhor the equivoke of sloganizing. It blinds us to proper scrutiny. Naturally, all will call for the very best for the nations’ children, but…

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Foster children can carry negative experiences through school – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will be interested in research conducted by Stirling University. Their Permanently Progressing study reveals that over eighty per cent of youngsters entering Scotland’s care system have experienced significant abuse and/or neglect. This has to be extremely concerning as it is considerably higher than the figure that is given for the UK as a whole. This is recorded as slightly over sixty-five per cent of children coming into care being traumatised as a result of abuse and/or neglect. There…

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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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Foster carers should be aware of the rising rates of obesity – Foster Parents Article

Foster carers will probably be aware that the issue of childhood obesity has again hit the headlines. And this is despite figures from Public Health England that were reported on in 2018 that indicated a record number of primary school children were leaving school severely obese. That equated to over 22,000 children – the highest level since records were started. Prior to the figures that showed 1 in  25 10-to-11-year-olds were severely obese, the rates of childhood obesity had in…

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