Texas offers Free Pre K for Foster (and Former Foster) Children

December 28th, 2011
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DSCN5329If you have a 3 or 4 year old in your Foster Care home in Texas, that child is eligible for free Pre-K through the local school district.  Some school districts begin the program at age three and some at age 4;  check your district's website to discover the age limits for your school district.  Age eligibility in Texas is always calculated by the child's age on September 1 so if your district offers Pre-K to 3-year-olds, your child will be eligible at the start of the next school year following her third birthday.  Children do not start mid year if they would not have been old enough on September 1. The only caveat is that once a child has been enrolled in… [more]

Advocating for Your Foster Child

September 26th, 2011
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Captain july 2010When "The Captain" came to us, he was two weeks short of being 3 years old.  He spoke little.  He had a few rote phrases like, "Oh man!"  and "Backpack, backpack."  ( I now realize these are phrases from the TV show, Dora the Explorer.) Other than that, most of what he said was mumbly and very hard to understand. Enter my foray into the world of  advocacy.  The Captain had been getting speech therapy in his former foster home, but no one seemed to have any information about it.  I took him to our pediatrician who directed me to the local school district.  This was in March.  I did not hear from them for several days but after a number… [more]

Summer Reading

July 20th, 2011
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495427_mother_reading_a_book_to_kidsOne of the best things about summer is the extra time that it allows for reading. My family has always been avid readers and continues the tradition of sitting down on those long hot afternoons and enjoying a good book. There is nothing more rewarding to this mother than seeing the desire on my children's face for a good book. At the summer reading program last week, I met up with a fellow foster care mother. She and I were talking about the importance of reading for a child and how difficult it was to figure out how to make reading enjoyable for the children who come 'through' her home. She believes (as I do) that in order to be successful, each child… [more]

Helping Your Foster Child Succeed in School

December 18th, 2009
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1193228_doodled_desks_2The holidays have come and gone. And it is difficult for each member of the family to get back to the daily routine of every-day life. Not only is it hard for you to return to work, but it equally as hard for your children to return to school. It can be tough for them to focus and complete class work and homework. Being ahead of the problem is important. It is essential to tackle potential school issues before they get too out of hand. Encouraging your child to perform better in school can teach him or her the importance of education and goal-reaching. If you're having hesitations about where to start, consider the following list:

  • Stay Positive: It is probable that if you

Foster Parents Involvement With School Activities

October 29th, 2007
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Categories: School

It is the time of year for room mother involvement, field trips, parties, etc that take place in the school. What does that have to do with foster care? Well, it should have a lot to do with it since you are the acting parent for your foster children. This is an area that foster parents tend to overlook or maybe outright ignore. My husband is a special education teacher and a few years back I also worked with special ed. students. We both have also worked or had knowledge of foster parents in the school we worked with and have been very surprised how many foster parents do not get involved with their foster child’s school needs. Foster children have shown… [more]

Foster Children and Early Childhood Programs

August 18th, 2007
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There are great benefits to placing foster children in early childhood programs offered by the public schools. The benefits can be life long. Foster children coming out of an abusive, neglectful or just overall bad living situation need structure, consistency, and they need to develop social skills. Most foster children have delays with their education needs and extra help is necessary to meet their education and developmental milestones. Developing social skills is a great benefit from these types of programs. In most cases, these children have not been around other children in healthy settings. Some do not even know how to relate to adults. So the exposure in the school setting at an early age gives the children a stable… [more]