Making Chores More Fun for Your Foster Children

Do your foster children fight over whose turn it is to do housework? Maybe you’ll never make vacuuming quite that exciting, but you can have fun together while you clean your house. Here are 3 ways to draw your foster care family closer together while you make your home cleaner and safer. Delegate Responsibility Kids … Read moreMaking Chores More Fun for Your Foster Children

Inexpensive Hobbies for Foster Children

Inexpensive hobbies help foster children deal with the additional stress of daily living these days. You don’t have to spend much money to provide enriching pastimes that are more constructive than excessive hours spent in front of the TV.  Here are some ideas to get you started. Arts and Crafts Encouraging your foster child to … Read moreInexpensive Hobbies for Foster Children

Who Foster Care Is Not For

Foster care can be challenging. You’re responsible for children temporarily placed in your home with a background of trauma. However, it can be one of the most rewarding life experiences. If you are considering fostering, you are ready to make a difference and better the world one child at a time, but that’s easier said … Read moreWho Foster Care Is Not For

3 Easy Ways to Teach Your Foster Child Basic Cooking Skills

If you’re eating more meals at home lately, turn this time into an opportunity to teach your foster child basic cooking skills. It’s difficult to be sure what the future holds. However, at least one thing is certain. Kids who feel confident in the kitchen will be better prepared for adult living. What’s so special … Read more3 Easy Ways to Teach Your Foster Child Basic Cooking Skills

Don’t Practice Avoidance: Communicate Freely With Your Foster Child

Although it’s exciting to become a foster parent, you may also find it challenging. After all, you and your foster child are both going to have to go through an adjustment process. Plus, many foster children have already had some challenging experiences in the foster care system. Or they may be grieving the loss of … Read moreDon’t Practice Avoidance: Communicate Freely With Your Foster Child

Ways to Make Your Foster Child Feel at Home

The life of a foster child can be tumultuous. These foster children are likely to be reserved or agitated because they faced many challenges. This is perfectly normal. It takes time for them to adjust to a new way of life in your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take that would speed up … Read moreWays to Make Your Foster Child Feel at Home

Self-Care for Your Foster Children

  As a foster parent, you provide care for the children you welcome into your home, but it’s also important to teach them about caring for themselves. While much of the self-care literature aims at adults, kids need healthy habits and a little pampering too. Here are some of our favorite ideas for helping foster … Read moreSelf-Care for Your Foster Children

Celebrating the Little Victories With Your Foster Child

Fostering a child can be an exciting experience, but, as a foster parent, you need to be prepared for the ups and downs. It’s possible that your foster child has not had many great adult role models before coming to you. Thus, they may not be able to trust you right away. In fact, it … Read moreCelebrating the Little Victories With Your Foster Child

What You Need to Know About Weight Loss for Kids in Foster Care

Nearly 1 in 3 children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and some studies suggest that the numbers are even higher for youths in foster care. As a foster parent, you may be concerned about how you can help vulnerable children with weight loss. Consider these suggestions as you’re deciding what to … Read moreWhat You Need to Know About Weight Loss for Kids in Foster Care

5 Ways for Foster Parents to Build Trust

One of the most rewarding things about being a foster parent is developing a loving and trusting relationship with your foster children. Of course, early experiences can make this challenging for some kids, but hang in there. With patience and love, you can build trust. Here are 5 points to keep in mind. Be Consistent … Read more5 Ways for Foster Parents to Build Trust