Overlapping and Continuity of Families Are the Keys to Positive, Stress-Free Transitions for Children

by Donna Foster • News flash! After 17 years as a foster parent and 37 years as a trainer in foster care and adoption, I finally realized what the focus should be for foster parents: transitions! So Many Opportunities for Loss Think for a moment about the transitions a child in foster care goes through. The child is taken from

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Insights from a teacher who is also a foster parent
Helping the kids in your care succeed in school

by Anna Morrison • I am an elementary school teacher. I know what it is to have a classroom full of first graders who come from all sorts of backgrounds and have different needs and gifts, and to be responsible for their learning for a whole school year. I’m also an experienced foster parent. My family and I have cared

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Shared Parenting and School Success
Kids win when resource parents, birth parents, and schools work together

by Donna Foster • If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of shared parenting. I cherish any chance I get to explain why I think this practice is good for children, birth families, and foster families. In North Carolina, shared parenting usually starts with a face-to-face meeting between birth and foster parents within the first two weeks

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Education for Young People in Foster Care: NC Resource Parent Rights and Responsibilities

by Jonathan Rockoff • Your license has been approved! You spent the past few months going through the licensing process and learning as much as you could about a child welfare system with many moving parts. Yet if your child is school-aged, you still have more to learn. School Districts & Enrollment Even before your license is approved, one of

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Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in Foster Care in North Carolina

Recruitment and retention of families for children in foster care matters a great deal. When we have enough foster and adoptive parents and kin caregivers, it is easier to place children in their home communities and school districts. More siblings can stay together. Careful matching with caregivers is easier. Children awaiting adoption don’t have to wait as long for forever

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“Stay Interviews” Can Help Keep Lines of Communication Open

by Rick Zechman • Report cards. Visits. Court. Shared parenting. Medical and therapy appointments. Children’s achievements. The list goes on. Resource parents and their agencies have a lot to talk about! Unfortunately, “immediate,” urgent topics tend to crowd out time for discussing important, longer-term things such as resource parents’ satisfaction with their role, their relationship with the agency, how they’ve

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Waiting for a Placement Can Be Frustrating
Suggestions from a Foster Parent

by Becky Burmester • As a veteran foster parent (two decades and counting), I am familiar with licensed foster parents whose homes have remained empty. These foster parents frequently contact their social workers seeking placements, yet no children are placed in their homes. They ask themselves: Why is this happening? There is supposed to be such a need for foster

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