Whether you're already a foster parent or you're considering it for the near future, we have the tools and resources you need to become knowledgeable on the topic and stay informed on modern issues and trends. Scroll through the sections below, and if you want to access that section, just click on the title. It will take you there immediately.
Articles - This section boasts over 75 articles covering all topics of foster parenting and adoption. Some topics include how to work with social workers, kickstarting your foster child's self esteem, planning vacations, and supporting and encouraging positive behavior. Keep checking back on the articles section. We'll continue to add more articles to cover everything foster-related.
Forms - This section is specifically for those foster parents who foster special needs children. Because of the nature of the child's needs, you'll need to fill out quite a few forms, especially if you receive medical-related payment from the government as you care for this child. This section will guide you through the forms you may need and the topics you'll need to cover.
Foster eBook - "There are No Bad Kids (Just Bad Parents)" ebook is all about being a great and effective foster parent. It's completely free, so head on over and take a look. It's written from a foster father's point of view, but it's applicable to all foster parents, both new and experienced.
Foster Manual - Here's an example of a foster care manual from the state of Pennsylvania. As you look over this manual, remember that this does not represent recent changes in Pennsylvanian law or other states. Check with your state before taking any action.
State Requirements - Because foster-related regulations and expectations change frequently, it's important to contact your state for information before beginning the foster care process. However, only to serve as an example, this page lists common state requirements for becoming a foster parent.
State Specialists - Every state has a government department devoted to foster care and the wellbeing of foster children. This page lists the foster care departments by state, which will be a wonderful resource when you're ready to begin the foster parenting process.
Training and Education - No matter if you're a novice or experienced foster parent, it's important to keep updated on the training and education available to you. This section will provide you with some great sites and companies that can help you on your way.
Community Involvement - They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Whether or not you believe that's true, there is one thing for certain: community involvement is important in establishing a sense of belonging and confidence. It also helps others feel connected and cared for, and even part of something bigger than themselves. Look for ways to reach out and help those in your local community, and you'll find others that are reaching out to help you, too.
There will be times when you'll feel overwhelmed and overly-stressed as a foster parent. These will happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. When these tough moments happen, just know that you're not alone. You have a whole foster community there to support you. You can learn from others' experiences and apply them to your own situation. The above pages will help you become the foster parent you're striving to be.
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