US Department of State 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Foster Parents Article

Strong empirical and anecdotal evidence reveals that human traffickers view children that lack families as the ideal target.  The 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report from the US Department of State offers a particularly vivid picture of this reality worldwide. The annual report again underscores a simple truth:  if we care about human trafficking, one powerful way to turn abstract indignation into concrete action is to welcome orphaned children and foster youth into consistent relationships and loving homes. The report again highlights…

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Parenting a Child with a Trauma History – Foster Parents Article

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Plummer Youth Promise Every child in foster care has a trauma history. Something has taken place which made it unsafe for them to remain in the care of their family. And, they have moved to a new home to live with a new family. Many children in foster care have made multiple moves between foster families and group care. These events make up a foster child’s trauma history. As a result of trauma, especially…

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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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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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See Me: Portraits of Foster Youth Documenting the Higher Ed Grind – Foster Parents Article

by Foster Youth Museum Executive Director, Jamie Lee Evans Unless you come from a long line of college graduates and have lots of support to swim through high school and apply for college, post secondary educational adventures aren’t easy.  Foster youth, in particular, have to grind hard to get into and finish college. The stats that surround them are rough. Too many enter the college marketplace with multiple school changes and lots of disruption during school years among other things.…

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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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