Foster Parenting

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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Where Was I The Day You Were Born – Foster Parents Article

I’ve tried a thousand times to remember. Every year I think about it again. Where was I on the day you were born? Did I somehow know something momentous was happening in a hospital room on the other side of town? Did I feel something in my gut? In my bones? Was it truly just another day of making breakfast, and reading to my toddler, and staring at the phone, willing it to ring with news of a child that…

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Smash Cake Dreams | Dropping Anchors – Foster Parents Article

Three and a half years ago we were celebrating my daughters 6th birthday. It hit me hard that I would never celebrate any birthdays with my foster son. This baby that I loved more than life itself would soon be leaving me, and not only would I never get to see him celebrate any of his birthdays, he wouldn’t even remember who I was in a few short months. You know what? That’s the hardest part of fostering babies in…

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Being the Keeper of Your Foster Child’s Story – Foster Parents Article

Every Christmas I have pulled out the ornaments and along with the fancy and the breakable and the milestone ornaments, there is a little group of handmade ones. There are the photo ornaments my oldest son made in his preschool class. There are the salt dough ornaments I made one year with our little ones so we’d have a fingerprint one to send to a foster child’s biological family. There are the many cut-out snowflakes and handprints and school crafts…

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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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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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