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While Planning Your Summer Vacation Keep Expectations Realistic

Wed, 28 May 2014 08:00:32 +00002014-05-28T08:00:32Z

In the past, we were blessed with the opportunity to take yearly vacations. We have enjoyed taking our children white water rafting in Colorado, visiting friends in Utah, and Disney World in Florida. We've taken trips to visit grandparents in Missouri and weekend trips to amusement parks in Oklahoma and Texas. Every time we venture out we take all of our children with us, whether they are our birth, adopted or foster children.

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Foster Parenting Hints to Help Prepare for the Summer

Fri, 23 May 2014 08:00:04 +00002014-05-23T08:00:04Z

I love Summer and its longer days and of course, fun in the sun! Remember, with that fun in the sun comes a few extra responsibilities for foster families.

Here is a quick checklist of things to consider, and as always, check with your foster care agency to be sure that you're not missing anything.

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Help Your Child Finish the School Year on a Strong Note

Tue, 20 May 2014 09:33:53 +00002014-05-20T09:33:53Z

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Photo © Carrie Craft, licensed to About.com, Inc.

As we're finishing up school here this week, and man did time fly, it's easy to want to just coast in to a summer of relaxation. But, while it may be the end of the school year, it's still important as a foster parent to help your foster child finish the year strong.

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Children's Book for Foster Kids

Sat, 17 May 2014 08:00:49 +00002014-05-17T08:00:49Z

(image) Author and foster mother, Cynthia Miller Lovell, contacted me about the book she wrote back in 1999, for younger foster children.

The story is about a child's first night in a new foster home.  The child is scared, but is then comforted by a star in the sky.

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Foster Parenting and Written Documentation

Thu, 15 May 2014 08:00:29 +00002014-05-15T08:00:29Z

Many foster parents are surprised by the amount of paperwork foster parents are asked to maintain. We keep a child's medical forms, write daily or monthly logs depending on the agency's needs and specifications, and log mileage and medication We also are asked to write court reports.

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Foster Focus Magazine and Chris Chmielewski

Tue, 13 May 2014 08:15:38 +00002014-05-13T08:15:38Z

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Photo courtesy of Chris Chmielewski

It's been three years since I learned about the launch of a new magazine for foster parents and others who work within the foster care system. That magazine, Foster Focus, launched May 2, 2011, in honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month...

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The Adoptive Family and Adoption Reunions

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:00:14 +00002014-04-30T08:00:14Z

It's not easy being the adoptive parents during an adoption reunion. I think it's especially true when it's a foster care adoption and you as the foster adoptive parent know about the abuse and neglect that occurred in the birth home.

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Is it Time to Change Your Foster Care Agency or Adoption Agency?

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:00:01 +00002014-04-29T08:00:01Z

I noticed on a past blog comment a reader asked the following:

"My husband and I have been foster parents for one and half year. We are waiting for a fost to adopt, but the four kids we fostered have all returned to birth parents. We are with a foster family agency, but I wonder how long are we going to have to wait. We are not picky as we do want an older child boy or girl age 8-11 years old. I have heard there is a big need for adoptive parents for an older child. This does not seem to be the case with us. I wonder if we should change our agency since our agency is only foster and don't specialize with adoptions. Does that make a difference. Please we need some suggestions from people."

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10 Things that Will Help You Become a Foster Parent in the Future

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:00:41 +00002014-04-26T08:00:41Z

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Preparing to be a foster parent means more than having the right gear.
Photo © Carrie Craft, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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