Foster Care Basics
The interest and desire to want to help children in foster care are admirable. Foster care comes with its rewards as well as its challenges. While each State of the U.S. or another country that offers foster care differs on basic guidelines and jargon, parenting the children seems to be the same, a child in need is a child in need.
- State by State Guidelines, Regulations, and Basic Contact Information
- How to Become a Foster Parent
- Deciding if Foster Parenting Is for You and Your Family
- What Kind of Financial Support Do Foster Parents Receive? or What Is a Foster Care Subsidy?
- What Are the Steps to Family Reunification within the Foster Care System?
Types of Foster Care
There are many different ways to serve as a foster parent. Here are a few of the different foster care options:
Preparation for Foster Care
In order to be an effective foster parent, it's important to remember to prepare all aspects of your life - from your home to your relationships.
- 10 Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready to Do Foster Care Later
- Top 10 Questions to Ask When Called to take a Foster Child
- Preparing Your Children for Foster Care
- 10 Surefire Ways to Destroy a Perfectly Good Marriage with Foster Care
- Grandparents - How to Support Your Foster Parenting Child
Basic Foster Parenting Issues
Foster parents need to be aware of the different skills and challenges related to being a foster care provider.
- Understanding Abuse and Neglect
- 14 Ways to Focus on Culture
- Teaching Foster Children How to Answer Questions
- Foster Care Record Keeping with Printable Worksheets
- Why Do Foster Care Disruptions Occur? - When Children Are Moved From Foster Home to Foster Home
Working as a Part of a Foster Care Team of Professionals
Foster parents have the responsibility of being part of a professional team working towards helping a foster child and his or her family reunify or transition into an adoptive family. This means foster parents will be working with social workers, teachers, doctors, therapists, and others.
Other Ways to Help Foster Children
Sometimes foster care is not a right fit for a family, other times it's just not for right now, meaning perhaps later in life foster care will work better around your schedule or family situation. But there are always other ways to help a foster child. Consider:
- Other Ways to Help Children in Foster Care
- Being a CASA Volunteer Advocate for Children
- Support Your Foster Parenting Children or Grandchildren