Fostering

Financially Impossible? Not for God. – Foster Parents Article

Choosing a hard yes over an easy no. From fundraising to waiting to adjusting, adopting isn’t easy. But with God’s leading, every adoptive and foster family makes the decision to say YES to their child (and the JOY that comes with them), even when it seems impossible. Hear from a Lifesong family who recently shared with us– Bennett’s adoption was our third adoption in 3 years time. We still had outstanding debt for our second adoption when our agency called…

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Considering Concurrent Planning: Is It Right for You? – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Concurrent planning makes a promise to a child: When you enter foster care you will be placed with only one family and that family will see you through reunification with your family, or if reunification is not safe or possible, the foster family will adopt you. It’s can be hard on the parents but it’s a wonderful option for children who won’t have to move if they…

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Dangerous Conditions for Migrant Children and Families, Report Reveals – Foster Parents Article

Children do not belong in detention. Federal protections exist to ensure that migrant children are held only for limited periods of time, and provided adequate food and shelter while in these facilities. But an alarming new report issued by the Office of Inspector General details dangerous conditions at southern border facilities where children and families are held, with one senior facility manager calling the situation “a ticking time bomb.” Overcrowding is so severe that as inspectors toured the facilities, migrants banged on the cells…

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The Kind of Mom They Made Me | – Foster Parents Article

I have a serious issue with baking bread. In my mind the world is divided into two kinds of women:  those who bake bread and those who don’t. I have happily been in the “those who don’t” category for my entire adult life. Baking bread has always gone hand in hand in my mind with wearing denim jumpers and believing bowling alleys are the gates of hell. I’m not proud of these assumptions, I’m just telling you how strongly I…

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New Names for Growing Treehouse Programs – Foster Parents Article

07.03.2019 By Janis Avery, Treehouse CEO As Treehouse expands statewide, we are updating some of our legacy program names to make them more intuitive and inclusive by using functional names. The Wearhouse is now simply the “Treehouse Store.” Little Wishes has been a part of Treehouse since the beginning more than 30 years ago. Our history is important to us. That said, Little Wishes has outgrown its name and isn’t just for little kids now. Regardless of age, everyone deserves…

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Why Is My Child’s Behavior Prickly? – Foster Parents Article

When our child’s behavior becomes off-putting, or prickly, it’s often hard to remember that it’s an indication of something bigger going on with them. Remembering this, however, can change how we approach our children… Blackberries are ripening in Indiana. The warm, rainy summer has left our crop of berries abundant. Behind our barn on the east side of our property the blackberry bushes grow wild, twisting and climbing, weaving their way over old tree stumps and hiding the fresh fruit behind tall weeds.…

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New Beginnings | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

“What goes on first: the tomatoes or the Parmesan? Do we always toast the bread? Is this your favorite food, Mama?” Mary’s earnest little face is staring intently at me. Although, I suppose I shouldn’t say “little” face anymore. She’s 12-years-old. She is almost my height and looks more like a teenager than a child. We are sharing a bit of late-night tomato Bruschetta at the dining room table. I’m showing her how to spread it onto the slices of…

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Foster Talk | Managing through a Goal Change – Foster Parents Article

Many foster families become very excited when they get word that the county Children and Youth agency is pursuing a “goal change” … but hold onto your hats, because the ride is just beginning!  This is one of the most pivotal points in a foster child’s case and it can be quite an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved.   The “goal change” is when the county Children and Youth agency makes a formal request of the court to stop working…

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Five Rivers Young People at the First Ever Care Experienced Conference | Five Rivers Child Care – Foster Parents Article

This story is from Fostering Support Worker Paul Revis of our Chesterfield Office: “On Friday, 26th April, I had the privilege of accompanying K. one of our young people, to the first Care Experienced Conference to be held in the UK – at the Liverpool Hope University.  This was an opportunity for care experienced people of all ages, from all four corners of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and even Australia, to make their voices heard. “Throughout the day a…

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Why you NEED to say “No” as a Foster Parent. – Foster Parents Article

​        It was a very difficult, almost impossible, word for “The Fonz” to say on the classic TV show “Happy Days.”        Maybe, it is a very difficult, almost impossible, word for you to say at times.       The word “No” has been a difficult one for me as a foster parent whenever we got “the call” for a placement of another child.​    Indeed, for my first 14 years as a foster parent,…

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