Foster care as a support to families, not a substitute for parents

The theme of this issue of Fostering Perspectives is “foster care as a support for families, not a substitute for parents.” Foster care is intended to be a short-term intervention that strengthens parents’ protective capacities so they can safely care for their children. The goal is almost always for children and youth to return to their families. One of the

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An American Indian Grandparent’s Perspective on Kinship Care

by Tonia Jacobs Deese • In many cultures, caring for the children of relatives is an honored practice that goes back thousands of years. For this article, I spoke with Sappony Tribe member Shelia Wilson about her experience as an American Indian kinship caregiver. The Sappony people live in the Piedmont region along the North Carolina and Virginia border. Please

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Help us find families for these children

For more information on these children or adoption in general, call the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network (1-877-NCKIDS; www.adoptnckids.org). Aiaya (age 12) Aiaya is excited about meeting a family who enjoys doing fun things. She is described by others as a strong advocate for herself, determined and resourceful. She enjoys playing board games and participating in outdoor activities.

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Help us find families for these children

For more information on these children or adoption in general, call the NC Kids Adoption and Foster Care Network at 1-877-NCKIDS-1 <www.adoptnckids.org> • Elijah (age 17) Elijah is a sweet, friendly young man who has overcome much in his life. He enjoys carpentry, weight lifting, skateboarding, and basketball. Like most teens, he also enjoys electronics, particularly video games. Elijah sees

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Making a difference by maintaining connections
Family ties are "permanent ink"

by Donna Gillespie Foster When they’re in foster care, one of the greatest gifts we can give young people is to help maintain—or strengthen—their connections to their families. To do this well, it really helps if we have good relationships with the birth families as well. This isn’t always easy. Working with birth parents and maintaining children’s connections to them

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