Resources, Information, and Links
***Considering the possibility of adoption in your life? There are many reasons why one might adopt through a foster care and child welfare agency. For more information, click on the link below.
***Adopting a foster child does not mean that the challenges the child faces cease to exist. Adopted foster children still face many emotional obstacles. This article helps to bring this issue to light.http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/159928096/helping-foster-kids-even-after-adoption
*** What A Foster-To-Adoption Process Is Really Like; One Person's View.
***The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently released its annual Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report featuring data compiled in 2012. According to the report, the number of children wai...ting to be
adopted continued to decrease – to slightly less than 102,000 (down from more than 106,000 last year). For more, click below.
***For teens in foster care, adoption is a life line, and a life saver. For young people without families, a lack of stability and support can lead to difficulty in holding a job, finishing school and achieving financial self-sufficiency. They are likely to struggle with unemployment, incarceration, homelessness and poverty. For more, click below.
***Not sure whether or not to change a child's name when you foster to adopt? Here is a story of what one family did. For more, click below.
***5 Steps To Successfully Relate To Birth Parents.
***Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents
***6 Foster Care Skills You Need to Know Before Being a Foster Parent.
***10 Things Case Managers Wish Their Foster Parents Knew.
***The 6 Struggles Every Foster Parent Faces: http://www.confessionsofaparent.com/6-struggles-every-foster-parent-faces/
***10 Things Foster Parents Wish Their Case Managers Knew.
***The disciplining of a child in foster care often brings forth many questions. Here is a link to an article on how to meet this challenges.
***Ever consider becoming a foster parent? You WILL change the lives of children! Here is a link to a great resource that can answer your questions, and help you get started.
***Foster children face a number of challenges when placed into care. It is important for foster parents to understand these challenges in order to better meet their needs, and to simply help them better adjust to a very difficult situation. Click on the article below to better understand these challenges.
*** Children in foster care frequently have problems in the area of eating. Children who have not been fed regularly or consistently may develop a survival mentality toward food-- feeling there isn't enough or it won't be there the next time.
*** Most of you remember learning skills for successful fostering and adopting during your foster parent training. These are invaluable skills that will help you to be better foster and adoptive parents. Refresh your memory with these twelve skills.
***The placement of a foster child into a home is often a difficult time, as there are many emotional challenges for all involved. Foster parents need to be prepared beforehand for this difficult time of transition. Click on the link below for strategies on how to best welcome a foster child into a home.
*** Foster parents run the risk of becoming "burned out," due to the time, energy, and emotional stress it takes. It is a 24 hour, 7 day a week job, without relief, and many times, without rewards. Here is a link that may help weary foster parents overcome burnout.
***Too often, foster children who age out of the system fail to handle finances, and end up with money woes. It is important to teach foster children, while in care, how to properly manage money, along with basic financial skills. For more information, check out this important article below.
*** Foster children are easily lured into human trafficking. Indeed, the problem is a global one, as children in foster care are in danger of being sexually exploited.
*** Are you ready to send your foster or adopted children back to school? What about any new child(ren) that have been placed in your home either because of adoption or foster care? Here is a handy checklist to help you send them back to school with less stress.
***Life books are invaluable for foster children. For some, they are the only link to their previous family. For others, it opens up their life to them in ways they did not know previously. For more information on how you can create a life book for a foster child, read how one person made a significant impact in the lives of foster children through her work in creating life books in the link below.http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20120709agency-volunteers-life-books-foster-kids.html
*** A Lifebook for foster children is a scrapbook-like creation that records a child's life, how he entered foster care, his experiences with different families, and his feelings along the way. Here is a link that helps to explain more about Lifebooks, and how to make them.
***Placing children in foster care with relatives can have important benefits, as this article suggests.
Helping Children in Need:
***Six Things you Should Know about Growing up in Foster Care
***Five Things You Need To Know About Foster Care.
***10 Things Every Foster Child Should Know.
***Keeping your House Safe for Children
***10 things you should never say to fostered children.
***8 Phrases Foster & Adopted Children Need to Hear.
***According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the average age of a sex trafficked child is 13 to 14 years old Each pimp can make $150,000 to $200,000 per child a year, and the average pimp has four to six girls. One of the most vulnerable populations is a child in foster care. For more, click below.
***For pregnant and parenting foster youth close to becoming adults, stable housing options are scarce. And without a solid foundation of support, researchers agree that young mothers are more likely to experience negative outcomes like homelessness and unemployment. For more, click below.
***Why High School Foster Teens Slip Through The Cracks After Graduation. For more, click below.
***Did you know there is a Foster Child Bill of Rights? There is, and here is a link to it. From the National Foster Parent Association. http://nfpaonline.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1105707
***According to one recent study, one in four teens in foster care give birth before age 20 and as many as 40 percent of these young mothers have a second child during their teen years. For more, click below.
***Through a practice called "private re-homing," parents market their unwanted kids online and pass them along to others – quickly, often illegally, and almost always without consequence for the adults. Here is another article on this disturbing practice.
***Here is an article about the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on young children who lack adequate protection from adults. This is most relevant with our children in foster care and how they might respond in school.
*** Foster kids have all been through traumatic situations. No matter why they are in foster care, being uprooted from everything you know would be traumatic to any child. Foster kids need stable, caring adults to help them grow into stable, caring adults themselves. There are many ways to help foster kids that don't include actually becoming a foster parent.
***For many foster children, turning 18 years old is a frightening experience. As they "age out" of the system, many do not know where to turn. You can help! Click on the link below to see how one organization is mentoring these former foster children.http://www.pineisland-eagle.com/page/content.detail/id/522272/Mentoring-program-aids-teens--aged-out--of-foster-care.html?nav=5059
***There are many misconceptions about foster care; misconceptions that cause more harm than good. Here is an editorial that looks at these misconceptions.
***The Impact of an Addicted Parent. http://emeraldcoastjourneypure.com/impact-addicted-parent/
Links to Organizations and Associations:
****National Foster Parent Association (USA). The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their heart and their home to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US.
****Royal Family Kids: The primary purpose of Royal Family KIDS Camp is to give children a week of positive memories in a Christian environment. In addition to receiving the attention and encouragement of an adult camp counselor and his/her "buddy camper," each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities, designed for their success and to build self esteem. Activity centers, games, sports, hiking - sometimes even swimming, fishing and horse-back riding - are all part of the program.
*** Fostering Media Connections harnesses the power of journalism and media to drive public and political will behind policy and practice that improve the well being of foster children.
*** Adventure Bags is an organization that provides bags full of essential needs and "goodies" for children placed into foster care. Give them a look today!
***Parent Help Center has a mission to empower parents to raise respectful and productive children in order to strengthen our community, our country, and the world and is specifically created to help change the way parents deal with—and effectively correct—bad behavior and bad attitudes in children.
****Transfoster: Foster care alumni event planning and management.http://www.transfoster.com/Contact-Us.html
***The Orange Duffel Bag s a 501c3 public charity providing certified life plan coaching and ongoing advocacy homeless, foster care and high poverty youth to improve their educational and economic outcomes.
***On The Road Again is a project of the South Carolina Foster Parent Association which provides donated cars to foster care youth who are at least 18 but not yet 21 years old, actively employed, pursuing a GED or engaged in a post high schooleducational program. With adequate transportation, these young people are able to pursue their goals of continuing education and employment, allowing for a more successful transition into adulthood. For more, click below.
Training and Resources:
***The newest edition of the National Foster Parent Association's newsletter is now available. Click below for the Informer, a great resource for foster parents!
***FosterParentTraining.com offers 250 hours of online training each year for foster parents.
****Impact Publications offers training, continuing education, and other resources for foster parents.
***Here is a link to a webinar Dr.DeGarmo recently did with a British foster care agency. This webinar is a very important and relevant topic for foster parents... The Dangers of Online Technology and Social Networking for Foster Children. As important as this topic is, it is one that is seldom addressed. http://www.socialworkprocesses.co.uk/resources/webinar/
Books and Magazines:
***Journal To Hope is one former foster child's account of her experiences in foster care. The book is an inspiring one that will motivate others. For more, click on the link below.
***From Foster to Fabulous is a book by a former foster child. The book details her abuse as a chid, her journey through foster care, and her life after she ages out of the system. For a look into what foster care was like for one foster child, click on the link below. http://www.facebook.com/FromFosterToFabulous
***Foster Focus Magazine: The Nation's ONLY monthly magazine devoted to the Foster Care Industry. Owned and Edited by a Former Foster Youth, Foster Focus offers an indepth unbiased look at foster care.
***Fostering Famlies Today Magazine:Fostering Families Today is a bi-monthly publication dedicated to helping foster/adoptive families throughout the nation help the children in their care. From parenting tips to inspirational stories, this magazine is a quality resource for foster parents.
***Printasia.com-Online Book Store
***Former Foster Child Shares Her Story: My Sky Is Falling
***What to Expect When You're Expecting to Become a Foster Parent Part II
***Aging out: voices from those in the foster care system.
***From foster care to prostitution. Watch and learn how foster children are at risk from child prostitution. After you watch, share your opinion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1cHTaE928
***Children in foster care moving from one home to another, and the problems that may come with it.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z-IibkJK5Q
***If you've considered starting your family or growing your family through the process of adoption, consider adopting a foster child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA1Z4gV1qfc
***Do you know what Sexting is? Most likely your child in foster care does. It is also likely that your child in foster care has participated in it in some fashion. It is considered today's form of flirting. Watch this to be informed.
*** Children in Foster Care.
*** Here is a short video about two girl's view of being in foster care.
*** Making A Difference in the Lives of Children.
*** An inspiring news clip about former foster child adopted as a teen and now does public speaking about bullying, choices, and her time in foster care.
*** Helpful Tips For People Who Want To Become Foster/Adoptive Parents to Teenagers.
*** Why Me?: Entering Foster Care.
*** Aging out of Foster Care.
*** Child Abuse. Many foster children are the victims of child abuse. Here is a video designed to raise awareness of this horrific crime.
*** Nobody's Child by by Amanda Williams -- Keesy Timmer -- Steve Clark.
*** When Youth Age Out: A look into what it means when a youth ages out of the foster care system in the United States.
*** The effects of poor diets in children include mood disorders, immune dysfunction, behavior problems and lack of energy. Find out how refined foods and a lack of natural fruits and vegetables cause problems in children with information from a nutritionist and herbalist in this free video on nutrition.
*** Doctors put foster children at risk with mind altering drugs.
*** What to Expect When Fostering or Adopting.
***Child Abuse before Foster Care. This slideshow talks about the different forms of child abuse and warning signs for each. After you watch, please share your opinion.
***Fostering drug addicted babies - insights from 31 years.
***Child Abuse Before Foster Care. WARNING-This video contains graphic and disturbing images of various forms of abuse.
***Adopted Children: What it's like being taken away.
***Home Is Where I Make It - Foster Care Awareness Song