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Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:08:29 +0000

 



12 Common Reasons Children Enter Foster Care

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Sadly, many homes have more than one of the following issues and a child enters the foster care system for numerous reasons.



How Adult Adoption Works

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Is it legal to adopt an adult? Who would choose such an option? How about foreign adults seeking to be adopted into the United States?



Questions to Ask Before Taking a Foster Child

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When a foster parent gets a call to take in a new foster child, it can be a bit overwhelming. Foster parents know they should ask certain questions.



Searching for Birth Parents and the Adoptive...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

So, your child is searching for birth parents. Should an adoption reunion always be bad news for adoptive parents? Some adoptees and birth parents feel that adoptive parents have no place in an adoption reunion. How would you feel if your child was searching for birth parents?



Foster Care Basics

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Everything you ever wanted to know about foster care, being a foster parent, or becoming a foster parent.



6 Reasons People Adopt

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

How to take the motivation to adopt and make a decision for you and your family.



Is Foster Parent Income Considered a Salary?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Foster parents receive payment, but they can't consider this as salary. The money is a subsidy intended to provide for the care of children they take in.



6 Skills You Should Master Before Becoming a...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Basic foster care skills needed to become a foster parent that does great work with children. Information on being a foster parent, the needs of foster children, and state profiles on agencies.



Prepare for Potential Problems with Foster Care

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Thoughts on how foster care can be challenging including links to more resources on how to deal with the challenges.



What You Should Know About Foster Care Subsidies

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

What is foster care reimbursement? How should a foster care subsidy be utilized within the foster home?



Why Do Some Foster Children Have to Endure...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Many foster children bounce from foster home to foster home due to disruptions. Here is a list of common reasons foster parents disrupt on placements.



Celebrate Holidays with Foster Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Here are 8 ideas of things to get done with your foster children before Christmas gets here.



Reasons Not to Adopt

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When you explore the idea of adopting a child, make sure your reason isn't on this list of red flags. If any apply to you, settle them before you move on.



5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Child

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

While everyone may have their own motivation to explore adoption, the core of the desire for a family to adopt should be based on something deeper.



What Are the Requirements to Become a Foster...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Factors that a foster care agency may consider before selecting someone to become a foster parent.



Ways You Can Help Kids in Foster Care

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

If you are unable to do foster care at this time, what other ways can you help foster children? We have several ideas for you that will help foster children.



6 Reasons You Could Adopt Older Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Here are some important things Empty Nesters can consider when contemplating adoption older children.



Respite Foster Care

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Sometimes foster parents just need a break and respite can be a great option. Find tips on how to prepare for respite weekends for foster children.



How to Explain a Move to a Foster Child

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

One of the hardest tasks as a foster parent is to tell a child in foster care that he is moving to a new foster home. Learn a few tips to help you.



Are You Considering Respite Foster Care? Here...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When one foster family temporarily cares for another family's foster children, this is respite care. It gives the original foster family a short break.



9 Things to Consider Before Fostering Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Points to ponder while deciding on whether or not to be a foster parent. Information about fostering a child.



Foster Care Record Keeping Printable Worksheets

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A large part of foster care is maintaining records and documentation. Keep track of foster care records with these printable worksheets and create your own record keeping system with a binder for each foster child and a set of printable worksheets.



What's the Difference Between Foster Care and...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Foster care and adoption both involve bringing a child into your home to care for and nurture. But there are two fundamental differences.



Are You Really Ready to Adopt a Child?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When deciding whether adopting a baby or child is right, there are many questions to resolve. Consider these common issues.






Why Choose an Open Adoption?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z




10 Ways to Prepare for Foster Care

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Are you looking to foster parent in the future? Prepare now with these ten easy steps of ways to prepare to work with children in need.



Pros and Cons of Adopting Foster Kids

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When deciding on whether or not to become a foster parent, it's important to consider the impact foster children will have on your home and children.



Creating a Life Book for Your Foster or Adopted...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

How to create a life book for your foster or adopted child.



6 Motivations for Adoption

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z




7 Russian Holiday Traditions to share with your...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Seven ways to help your adopted children celebrate Russian Christmas and Russian New Year through fun traditions.



Best Ideas for a Life Book for Your Adopted or...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Ideas on what to include and how to balance the good and the bad for your foster or adopted child's life book.



Tips for Black Hair Care for Your Adopted Child

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Learn how to care for your African American child's hair with these simple black hair care tips and steps.



How to Become a Foster Parent

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

While each state is different in the trainings offered and requirements mandated for foster homes, the starting point is basic enough that we can come up with a quick list of steps to take toward becoming a foster parent.



What Is The Adoption Assistance and Child...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Information and goals of The Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980, which brought about major changes to help children & families remain strong and intact.



Basics to Family Reunification

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Social workers develop a plan to help families reunify. Learn the basics to a family reunification plan for children in the foster care system.



How the Adoption and Safe Families Act Affects...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

The Adoption and Safe Families Act requires that states balance family preservation and reunification with the safety of children placed in foster care.



Build a Good Relationship with Your Foster Care...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A few Ideas and things to think about when building working relationships between caseworkers and foster parents.



9 Great Adoption Gifts

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

What would make a great adoption gift for someone who is an adoptive or foster parent? How about a birth parent? Try some of these ideas when needing the perfect adoption gift! Great ideas for adoption gifts for National Adoption Month, Mother's Day or Father's Day!



Check Out This Book About a Young Boy's...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

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What Is the Foster Care System?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

What is the foster care system and what does it mean when a child enters the system?



Child Discipline Techniques

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Learn ways to discipline a child that is in foster care or been adopted from foster care.



Summer Vacation and Foster Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Consider these points when deciding whether to include a foster child in your family vacation plans this summer.






Learn the Necessary Elements of Starting the...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Before you take the first steps into the adoption process you may want to understand a bit of the adoption lingo that you will hear.



Adoption Poetry Is a Healthy Way to Work...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Adoption poems sent in by our readers. Some have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.



What You Should Know About an Adoption Home Study

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Adoption agencies want to know children are placed into safe, healthy and nurturing families and homes. Find out what to expect in the required home study.



What Is Family Visitation Within the Foster...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Understanding the process of family visitation and how it works within the foster care system.



Thoughtful Family Gift Ideas for Busy Foster...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Family gift ideas are always a good idea, and the same is true when the family is a foster family.



What Is PRIDE Foster Parent Adoptive Parent...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Information on the foster and adoptive parent training class.



How to Find Someone

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Many are interested in how to find someone separated by adoption and foster care. Here are a few resources to help find someone.



The Basics of Gay Adoption

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Gays and lesbians have been adopting for a long time, but legislation has gradually changed, offering them more options than ever before.



Babies and Preschoolers: Foster Parent...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

They may be cute, but are you sure you're ready to accept more than one baby or toddler foster placement at a time?



7 Russian Easter Traditions to Share with Your...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Find ideas on how to help your Russian adopted child maintain their identity through keeping Russian Easter traditions.



Can Parents with Terminated Rights Ever Seek...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Can a parent whose rights were terminated seek custody if the child hasn't been adopted yet? An Ohio court examines terminated parental rights.



Landmark Cases in Adoption Law

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Eleven different court cases that have changed adoption law over the years. The following are the most persuasive adoption law cases that have affected courts across the nation.






An Open Adoption Story

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z




5 Myths About Adoption from Foster Care Debunked

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Fewer people Adopt from Foster Care than you may realize. We debunk 5 myths that often keep people from considering adoption through foster care.



Dave Pelzer's "The Lost Boy" -- An Inspiring...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

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Incident Report Form Printable Worksheet

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Example of an incident report form for foster and adoptive parents. Use this incident report form when attempting effective written documentation for foster or adoptive record keeping. Page 8.



Who Can Be a Foster Parent?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Who can be a foster parent? It's open to almost everyone. Foster parents are needed all over the world. Are you ready to be a foster parent and help a foster child?



What's a Safety Plan Worksheet and Why Do You...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A safety plan is an important part of raising a foster child with special needs. It's an organized system of rules to help you deal with most situations.






12 Days of Christmas Preparations for Foster...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

I really enjoy taking known songs and changing the words to fit other occasions or situations. I decided



Confidential Intermediary

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Adoption searches sometimes require the use of a Confidential Intermediary (CI). What is a CI?



10 Quick and Effective Bonding Activities for...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Fast and easy bonding activities to help build a connection between you and your foster or adopted child.



Steps and Rules Involved in a Stepparent Adoption

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Stepparent adoption is a somewhat involved legal process. Learn about the crucial legal steps that must be followed.



First Few Weeks with a New Foster Child Advice

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

One of the most often asked questions I get hit with after teaching a new batch of foster and adoptive



Considerations When Hosting an Adoption Baby...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Learn more about hosting an adoption baby shower and how to make the event special for the whole family.



When Adoption Reunions Don't Work - Kara's Story

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Adoption reunions are not always a happy time. Sometimes birth family doesn't want to meet the adoptee.



Adoption Party Ideas to Welcome a New Child

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Most every new parent looks forward to their baby shower. But what about adoptive parents who are adopting a child older than an infant?



What a Group Home is Like

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A woman shares some experiences from when she lived in a group home for teens.



Two Communication Skills for Foster and...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Further explanation of two different communication skills that foster or adoptive parents may utilize within their homes.



Single Women and Adoption: Overcoming Stereotypes

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

More single woman are turning toward adoption as an option to bring children into their lives. Negative social stigma is just one of their challenges.



Foster Parenting: A Job of Nurturing, Culturing...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Fostering a child brings heartfelt experiences and nurturing moments that remain long after a child leaves the home. Find out what else fostering involves.



Different Foster Care Job Descriptions

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A brief description of each main role within a foster care agency and how foster parent scan best work with each staff member.






Surviving Allegations as a Foster or Adoptive...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Handling allegations is just a part of being a foster parent. Here are a few tips on surviving allegations as a foster or adoptive family.






First Weeks Home with a Newly Adopted or Foster...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

The first few weeks with a new foster or adopted child is very stressful. Here are few topics to focus on first.



ManyHeartsOneBeat

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A great online Website devoted to those within the adoption triad, gifts for adoptive parents, adoptees, and birth parents can be found.






Gay Adoption Issues

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Know adoption law before attempting to complete a gay adoption. It may help to prevent some issues.



Safety Plan Printable Worksheet

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 7.



Andy Griffith's Career and Adoption Story

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

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Safety Plan in a Foster or Adoptive Home

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

What is a safety plan and why are they used within foster homes?



An Adoption Poem - The Promise

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A birth mother shares feelings through an adoption poem written for her two sons that were adopted 11 years ago.



What Is Birthmother's Day?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

A group of birth mothers created a holiday in 1990, known as Birthmother's Day. It occurs the Saturday before Mother's Day.






Black Hairstyles for Foster or Adopted Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

When I provided respite foster care for my best friend's foster children, I was completely intimidated by the upkeep of their black hairstyles. Find easy and less intimidating black hairstyles for your foster or adopted children.



I-600

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

The I-600 form is a part of the international adoption process. It classifies an orphan that has been or will be adopted by a U.S. citizen as an immediate relative to that citizen. The I-600 allows the child to enter the United States.



Adoption Poems About Birth Mothers

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Mother and birthmother poems about the love birth mothers have for their placed children. Also, find a listing of other birth mother adoption poems.



What is an Adoption Search Angel?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

How to get started searching with an Adoption Search Angel. Check to see if there is a free adoption search angel available in your area of search.



What Information About His Birth Parents Is an...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Non-identifying information about the parties to an adoption includes very basic details about the child's birth family.



Aging Out of the Foster Care System --...

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Foster children eventually become young adults, and the government takes the position that they're responsible for taking care of themselves.



Find the Perfect Adoption Baby Shower Game

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Here are several baby shower game ideas and tips for those adoption baby shower hosts and hostesses. Many of these options may require your creative touch to ensure that these baby shower games are adoption friendly and fun.



Monthly Foster Care Printable Worksheet

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

Free foster care printable worksheets for foster parents. It's helpful to keep track of different foster care information with printable worksheets. Page 4.



How Many U.S. Children Have Gay Parents?

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

How many children are being raised by gay parents? Read up on interesting gay parenting statistics in the United States.



Top 12 Prayer Requests for Foster Children

2017-01-21T11:08:29Z

The following article is a list of prayers when for foster children, their families, and the foster families and workers that serve them.