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When You Foster Siblings and the Oldest Child Acts Out

If you are in a position to take a group of foster siblings into your home, you may find that the children range in ages from very young to teenagers. This can sometimes result in difficulties, especially with the oldest child. However, giving up on that foster child or separating him or her from his [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Fosters and Valentine’s Day

Should you worry about doing something special for your foster child and this siblings on Valentine's Day? The truth is that if you are fostering a child and his siblings aren't with him full-time, then holidays are a time that your child likely misses his brothers and sisters the most. Shared memories of holidays, even [...]

By | January 25th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Create a Schedule of Sibling Visits for 2018

Because foster kids have often come from situations where there was little stability, a regular schedule for sibling visits and creating things they can rely on is paramount to creating a suitable environment for their growth. If you are a foster parent who is committed to making sure siblings get to see one another, even [...]

By | January 2nd, 2018|News|0 Comments

New Year Goals for Foster Families for the Next 12 Months

As the end of 2017 rapidly approaches, you're likely thinking of some new year goals you can set for your foster family for the next 12 months. However, if you have foster kids who are only going to be with you for a short time, or you aren't sure how long they will be with [...]

By | December 26th, 2017|News|0 Comments

A 4-Gift Christmas Works Well for Foster Families Too!

Different families celebrate Christmas in different ways. Some set a budget for each child, spending an equal amount. Some spend a set amount per year of the child's age, so that older kids have a higher budget. For example, if you decide to spend $10 per year, then a 5 year old would get $50 [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Creating Christmas Traditions for Foster Kids

Creating lasting memories with Christmas traditions is second nature for most families. Unfortunately, foster children may have never experienced this. One thing you can do while the children are in your home is show them what this looks like. There are many different things you can do to make the season special. Here are 10 [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Opioid Epidemic Sends More and More Kids into the Foster System

In nearly every community across America, there is a growing problem of addiction. Officials and families are trying their best to combat the issue. Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed members and discovered that there was a 493% increase in addiction between 2010 and 2016. With those types of rates, it isn't surprising that more and more [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Aging Out of the Foster System and Siblings

A real problem in our youth foster systems today is that youth tend to "age out" of the foster system without any program to help them transition from childhood to adulthood and beyond. During the stresses of aging out and trying to figure out where they'll live, if they'll go to school, and what they'll [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Sibling Bonds Reach Down Through the Years

There is a bond between siblings that is there even when they are separated. I recently read an article that reminded me of this. The article was "Siblings Meet for First Time - as Senior Citizens" and appeared in July of this year on the US News and World Reports website.  It shares the story [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Help Siblings Get Past Bickering

It is almost natural for siblings to fuss and fight at times, but children who've been in abusive or neglectful homes may struggle to overcome patterns of behavior they've learned over time. Even if the siblings only see each other occasionally, precious time can be wasted arguing. Fortunately, there are some tools you can use [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|News|0 Comments