When Your Foster Child Is Afraid of the Dark

Many children go through a stage when they’re afraid of the dark. Thus, it’s something you might run into when you become a foster parent. Try these tips to help your foster child to feel more secure and get a good night’s sleep. Quiet Down at Bedtime Scary movies and active games may stimulate a … Read moreWhen Your Foster Child Is Afraid of the Dark

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

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

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

If you’re a foster parent to school-age children, you need to be prepared for the morning hustle. A recent survey shows just how tough a job it can be to get kids out the door in time, but we have some tips to make it easier. The Kellogg Company asked 2,000 parents about their morning … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

How to Prepare Your Foster Children for the Upcoming School Year

It’s almost time for your foster child to return to school, and you want to prepare him early so that things will go smoothly during the school year. If your child is entering a new grade level, discuss some of the new concepts he’ll learn in school. If he’ll be a high school freshman, you … Read moreHow to Prepare Your Foster Children for the Upcoming School Year

5 Ways to Help Foster Children Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

Helping your foster child to develop genuine confidence and self-esteem is one of the most valuable gifts you can share with them. A child with inner strength and a positive self-image is better equipped to face life’s challenges and grow up to be a happy and responsible adult. Here are 5 things you can do … Read more5 Ways to Help Foster Children Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

What Foster Parents Can Do to Support Sibling Relationships

Foster parents have a major role to play in helping children in foster care to maintain healthy relationships with their siblings. If you’re a foster parent, consider these suggestions for how to help preserve these important family connections. Placed Together Keeping siblings together is often the most desirable arrangement because it protects foster children. It … Read moreWhat Foster Parents Can Do to Support Sibling Relationships

Incorporating the Importance of School in Foster Children

For many foster children, school isn’t a pleasant environment. There are a variety of factors that go into their school day each week. For example, they could have moved schools recently, some of the other kids at school could be bullying them about their situation, or they could be so apathetic about their future that … Read moreIncorporating the Importance of School in Foster Children

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Balancing Work and Home

Just like biological parents, most foster parents work outside the home. If you’re trying to figure out how to foster a child while you pursue your career, take a look at these suggestions that may help. Assess Your Workplace Culture It probably doesn’t come as any surprise that some companies are more family-friendly than others. … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Balancing Work and Home

Respite Care: A Crucial Part of the Foster Care System

Have you ever considered being a positive part of the foster system? Is your heart for providing secure homes to foster children but you are not sure you can commit to full-time foster care? Consider being a respite care provider and you just might find out that is exactly where you belong. What Exactly is … Read moreRespite Care: A Crucial Part of the Foster Care System