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Foster Parenting



Accepting the role of foster parent is an incredibly compassionate act that plunges us into tumultuous circumstances with strong conflicting emotions, high levels of psychological stress, and constant doubts about whether we’re doing the right thing. Foster parents take on all the traditional challenges of parenthood mid-stream, without the time or space to slowly develop the bonds and experiences that gradually build to a strong, trusting parent-child dynamic. Finding and keeping our center is a crucial part of becoming a parental figure a displaced child can rely on.

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The Foster Care Journey - Luis and Stephanie See Major Growth in Foster Kids

Luis and Stephanie balance raising their own children while being foster parents.

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Another Place at the Table

The startling and ultimately uplifting narrative of one woman’s thirteen-year experience as a foster parent.

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6 Ways to Help Your Foster Child Adjust

The early stages of fostering a child will include a major adjustment period. After all, both your life and the life of the child will be changing significantly. The first few days tend to be the most difficult, but if you follow these tips, you can ease that transition.

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Taken into Foster Care, Through the Eyes of a Child

Before she was an inmate, Michelle Voorhees was a kid in foster care. Painting a vivid picture, Voorhees asks you to imagine the harrowing, disconcerting experience of being removed from your own home.

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No Sugar Coating: The Coffee Talk You Need About Foster Parenting

No Sugar-Coating is a warm, straight-up guide that reads like a conversation with a knowledgeable friend. It is filled with practical suggestions interwoven with compelling narrative rooted in foster parenting experience.

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How (and Why) to Become a Foster Parent

The licensing process – and the training, home visits and court dates – can be intimidating. Here’s what you need to know.

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Fostering Kids: What No One Tells You About Foster Care

Are you ready to be a foster parent? Foster care is not for the faint of heart because foster care children require extra love and care. The foster care system doesn't always prepare you for everything you need to know to get started.

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Dancing with a Porcupine: Parenting Wounded Children without Losing Your Self

Parenting is hard. So what do you do when you’re parenting a child who has experienced trauma or has extra challenges? You often feel alone and inadequate. You want so much to help your child, but you are at the end of your own rope. You feel guilty that sometimes you want to just quit.

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Adjusting Your Expectations about Foster Care

It’s hard to picture what foster parenting will really be like if you’ve never been a foster parent before. But, when foster parents say they’re “all in” when they aren’t, kids get hurt.

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What’s It Like Being a Foster Carer? Hear It First Hand from Justin and Lisa Dumigan

My wife and I are both full time Foster Carers with Kent Fostering and started our fostering journey when our children were babies.

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