Foster Parenting

Second Chances | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

Paper stars flutter to and fro in time to the rhythm of the air conditioning. A wall of black plastic sits beneath reams of masking tape and fluorescent post-it notes. It’s masquerading as the New York City skyline. This is Pinterest’s creation come to life. This is the middle school’s eight grade dance. I set it up and now I wait for the children to arrive. I chaperoned this event for Sean when he was in eighth grade. At the…

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That Day | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

That day is here again. The one I dread with a visceral gut twist every single year. It’s Mother’s Day. Here is the day where I leave the house and people congratulate me over and over again for being a mother. People ask my kids if they are celebrating me or doing something “nice” for me. Well, first people look at Carl and Marcus with puzzlement before checking that I am, in fact, their mother. All it does is remind…

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True Story: The Nurtured Heart Approach® and Me – Foster Parents Article

Lenore Bonilla, embrella’s Support Services Manager, shares her experiences with The Nurtured Heart Approach® Grounded.  That’s a word I became very familiar with in high school.  No, I don’t mean grounded as in “realistic” – I mean grounded as in punished, sent to my room, cut off from friends or from my computer.  I wasn’t a bad kid, really, but there were certain rules I was bad at following.  Mostly, it was my chores, and specifically, it was mowing the…

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Top 5 Foster Care New Year’s Resolutions – Foster Parents Article

It’s not easy to be a foster parent, but embrella is here to help. If you find yourself wondering how you can prepare for another year in fostering, this list of our top 5 Foster Care New Year’s Resolutions will point you in the right direction. It’s not just about taking on more responsibility or accepting new children into your home – to make 2018 an even better year for children in New Jersey foster care, we want to make…

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Foster Parenting | Become A Foster Parent to An Older Child – Foster Parents Article

  Foster Parenting | Tips on How to Become A Foster Parent to An Older Child Foster Parenting | Learning how to become a foster parent to an older child is a challenging experience that requires a lot of discipline and patience. As children get older they develop their own personalities and express a variety of emotions. Even a seemingly well-adjusted child can become moody or develop negative attitudes as they approach their teenage years. Here are some tips on…

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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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Childhood trauma – from a foster parent’s perspective. – Foster Parents Article

I remember the first day I came into contact with the physical manifestation of childhood trauma. My first foster son was three years old at the time and he’d been in our home for just a few weeks. In those weeks, I’d noticed that he couldn’t identify or recall what I considered to be fairly typical three-year-old knowledge. He didn’t seem to know that cows went “moo” and pigs went “oink.” He couldn’t remember that my car was blue or…

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The 7 Must Have Items You Need In Your Foster Home — – Foster Parents Article

What items do I need for my foster home? I have conducted nearly one hundred safety audits, and possibly, a tripled amount of quality assurance checks for my agencies foster homes. In doing so, I not only know exactly what items are necessary to have in a foster home for safety, but, also, which products are the most widely used, reliable, and recommended by foster parents. I have included a list of the 7 things you must have to be…

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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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