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

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

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