There are many times that I look at my family and am in awe of the differences amongst us. Each of my children are of a different ethnic race. Each comes from a different situation. Yet, when they are all together- it works. It is not uncommon to be able to spot the foster families because of the obvious differences in racial ethnicity. These differences make many people ask questions. Yet, there are so many similarities amongst children that it comes as a surprise to me that people think raising a child of another race would be so scary. There are things that are done differently. One example is haircare. If a Caucasian foster family has an African-American child they need to know how to… [more]
The 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:
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When meeting your foster child for the first time, it can be nerve-wracking for both of you. But with just a little preparation, you can ease the tension and make him or her feel comfortable in his or her new home. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you and your home are ready for your new addition.
- Personal Space: Your foster child will feel out-of-sorts for the first little while. That is why it is important to provide a clean, personal space for the child. Make sure you've cleaned out drawers and closet space, as well as tidying up the room and making the bed. This shows that you want him or her to feel comfortable and welcome into your home.
Whether you have a new placement arriving or sending a foster child home, chances are you will be rearranging bedroom furniture. That is unless you are specifically taking a certain age and gender of children. Over the years of providing foster care, we have accepted boys or girls from newborn through 17. We have five bedrooms that we use for sleeping rooms and we usually have eight children living at home. If a girl moves out and our next foster child is a boy then we would need to rearrange the boy’s bedroom. Sometimes we actually have to trade entire bedrooms. Allow me to explain. Each child in a bedroom must have 40 square feet of living space according to foster care licensing regulations. For example, if… [more]
This can provide foster children with so much information about their lives while in foster care. I do not think a lot of people think about how important this is for the children that come into our lives. Sometimes these children are with us a few days, months or even years. While they are with a foster family, they are making memories. Mile stones are happening, and lives are going on. Even if they are older, children they may forget when something happened or where they were living when it took place. You have to remember a large number of foster children will have multiple foster family placements. Sometimes two or three a year, so you can imagine how events can become lost to the foster children. I… [more]
A week long camp named Camp to Belong has a goal unify siblings separated by adoption placement, relative care, or foster home placements. Siblings come together to share their lives, make new lasting memories and continue their lifetime bond of being siblings. They get to experience new things together such as horseback riding, rafting, swimming, wall climbing and camping out. What a wonderful way for siblings to be able to come together and reconnect even if it is just a short time. The camp also has therapy -like classes to help the children to learn to cope with being separated and a Therapeutic Art Program. For older children they go on a field trip to a local college and discuss skills on how to be successful at… [more]
Encore School of Dance in Saginaw, Texas will be offering free dance classes for the upcoming summer and fall sessions to local foster children. Classes start out as young as three years old and to teens. This is a great way for a foster child to develop self esteem build his or her confidence, and have the opportunity to make new friends. Dancing can be a wonderful may to get children involved in some exercise. Taking dance can help your foster child focus his or her attention and develop self discipline. Dance can also be a wonderful opportunity for boys to of all ages. It is a wonderful thing for a foster child to be able to explore his or her ability to learn to dance. Who… [more]
A website called Fosterclub is a great website for everyone. For foster children it provides information on a number of different issues that foster children face. There are contest for the foster child to get involved in. They have different opportunities for foster children to be involved in like 2007 Fosterclub All Star, awards for outstanding foster children, etc. They also provide a message board for foster children to communicate with other foster children. They also have an area for adults, mainly foster parents. You can receive free online training for foster care. It provides foster care information and conference dates with information. It also has an area that provides ways to help with foster children. Overall this website provides a lot of information… [more]