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

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

10 Ways for Foster Parents to Avoid Burnout

Becoming a foster parent is a challenging and rewarding task. You’ll need a strategy to protect you from burnout so you can take care of yourself and the child you’re welcoming into your family. Try these 10 suggestions that will help you to stay happy and healthy. 1. Set Realistic Expectations: Clarify your priorities and … Read more10 Ways for Foster Parents to Avoid Burnout

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

You Are the Village Raising a child is the most important job any human being can do. Thus, it sometimes takes a village to raise one. You’ve probably heard the expression, but it’s easy to think of the village as an abstract idea. Personally identifying ourselves with our community changes our perspective on our role … Read moreIt Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Three Things to Tell Your New Foster Child

Coming into a new home is always scary for a misplaced child. They are no longer in the home of their biological parents, and they are in dire need of stability in their life. As the child grows and develops, it’s essential that they receive love and support from the adults in their life, and … Read moreThree Things to Tell Your New Foster Child

How To Support Foster Families in the Short-Term and Long-Term

Ask any foster family and you will know that fostering is very hard, but worth the effort. Fostering a child is not for everyone and that is okay. However, everyone can support foster families in their community by meeting short-term and long-term needs. Here are some practical things you can do to support these families … Read moreHow To Support Foster Families in the Short-Term and Long-Term

Resources for Texas Foster Parents

In Texas, approximately 12,000 children are a part of the foster care system. Recent laws are improving the system, but foster parents are the most important ally of these children. Becoming a foster parent is an immensely rewarding experience. Your life will be forever changed as will the life of the child you help. However, becoming a foster … Read moreResources for Texas Foster Parents

The 3 Traits of a Nurturing Foster Family

Anyone who has ever considered becoming a foster parent has probably had many questions. You may have wondered what the task would be like? What are foster children like? Will you have to go to court? Do you meet the birth parents? How long will the foster child stay with you? And if they do … Read moreThe 3 Traits of a Nurturing Foster Family

Is Foster Care Right for You?

At some point, nearly all of us will consider whether or not we’ll have children. Some may go a step further and discuss adoption as one way to both grow their family and help a child in need. However, how much do you know about the option of becoming a foster parent within your state? While … Read moreIs Foster Care Right for You?