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How to Let Go of a Child After Foster Care

Ideally, foster parents provide a stable family home in which the child can grow and thrive. But foster care is meant to be a temporary solution to a complicated problem. All involved parties work together to resolve the family problems and reunite children with their natural parents. At that time, foster parents must give up the children they have bonded with, fed, clothed, and housed. So how does one get over, what is essentially, the loss of a child? Think of...
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Teaching Healthy Boundaries to Foster Children

Foster children often come from environments that did not have healthy boundaries and relationships. Because of this, they may struggle to apply proper boundaries in their interactions with others. Boundaries are lines that establish what one person will accept of another person’s actions and words. They are designed to keep out toxic behaviors, such as abuse, manipulation, harassment, and cruelty, and to encourage the kind of treatment that will be accepted. As a foster parent, you will need to...
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5 Easy Steps to Licensing Teen Drivers

There aren't many things scarier than putting our children behind the wheel of vehicles that can weigh more than 4,000 pounds. However, this is one of those times when parents are forced to balance their children’s safety and education. On the one hand, we want to keep our children close, but at some point, we must let them go and that means teaching them to drive, whether we like it or not. The following list of steps will make the process...
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In for the Long Haul: How Foster Parents Can Prevent Burnout

The reports of foster parent burnouts are frequent. This is understandable, given that fostering has a number of stressful challenges, ranging from traumatized children, frequent changes in caseworkers, limited support, the nearly constant threat of losing children, and more. But it doesn’t need to end there. To maintain the stamina for long-term foster parenting, it’s imperative that foster parents invest in their own emotional and physical health. Self-Care Foster parenting is a child-focused service, which is important, but in order for...
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The Foster Parent Shortage in the North State

California has 62,000 children in foster care. According to Dr. John DeGarmo of the Foster Care Institute, the number of children being placed in the foster system has steadily been increasing nationwide while the number of foster parents has been decreasing. In Shasta County, the number of children entering foster care is more than twice the number of children entering care in the rest of California. For infants, the ratio is more than three times higher. This has lent...
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12 Requirements for Housing Foster Care Children

For most, becoming a foster parent is a rewarding experience, but becoming approved to house foster children in the first place can be a long and arduous process. It is no secret that there are many income and background verifications that must take place. In addition to verifying your ability to properly support foster children, both emotionally and financially, your local agency will also require you to fulfill certain requirements in and around your home. Around the House Foster care agencies...
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