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

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

3 Steps to Take When Your Foster Child Is Being Bullied

When you’re raising a foster child, it’s important for them to develop good friendships in school. Nowadays, however, bullying has become a real concern among children of all ages. Whether it’s in-person bullying or cyberbullying, the effect is the same. It really affects the self-esteem of the child, making them feel less confident in everything … Read more3 Steps to Take When Your Foster Child Is Being Bullied

What to Do When Your Foster Child Has Imaginary Friends

It’s common for children to have imaginary friends, but you might be wondering what to do when your foster child announces they’re bringing an invisible guest to dinner. Learn more about the current thinking on imaginary friends and what it could mean for your foster family. Imaginary friends have a much better reputation these days. … Read moreWhat to Do When Your Foster Child Has Imaginary Friends

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

Sharing Cultural Experiences With Your Foster Children

Cultural experiences enrich our lives, but foster children sometimes miss out. As a foster parent, you can help introduce young people to the arts, and give them a resource that can encourage joy and healing for the rest of their lives. Here are a few ideas for sharing cultural experiences with your foster children. Create … Read moreSharing Cultural Experiences With Your Foster Children

Keeping the Channels of Communication Open With Your Foster Child

Communicating with your foster child is very important when they first move into your home. Even later on, it’s good to keep the channels of communication open. Not only does this help to maintain harmony in the foster home, but it also helps the child to feel heard. Indeed, it gives them a sense of … Read moreKeeping the Channels of Communication Open With Your Foster Child

Four Things to Know About Texas Foster Care This Year

Looking forward to the year ahead, we’re excited to continue serving children and families in over 30 counties. However, many children are still looking to find support and a forever home right here in our community. If you are looking to make a difference in a child’s life, here are four things to know about … Read moreFour Things to Know About Texas Foster Care This Year

How to Talk to Your Children About Welcoming a Foster Child: 5 Conversations

Talking to child about foster child coming to stay with them.

There are a lot of steps that have to be taken before welcoming a foster child into your home. There are classes to attend, home studies, licenses, and background checks, just to name a few. In all the planning, don’t forget talking to your biological children about what it means to accept a foster child. … Read moreHow to Talk to Your Children About Welcoming a Foster Child: 5 Conversations

Bedtimes for Foster Children

Bedtimes can be challenging for foster children. They may need restful sleep even more than most kids, but they may have a tougher time getting it. Here are some tips for foster parents trying to make bedtimes easier. Importance of Sleep for Foster Children The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a helpful statement on childhood … Read moreBedtimes for Foster Children