Parenting special populations in foster care

“Special population” is a term generally used to refer to a disadvantaged group. People with disabilities, economically disadvantaged families, and children in foster care are often considered to be special populations. So if you’re a foster parent, you already parent children who are part of a “special population.” But there are also special populations within foster care, such as children

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Learning to support, include, and empower LGBTQ youth in substitute care
by Lindley Myers

When I began designing training about enhancing safety, well-being, and permanence for LGBTQ youth in foster care, I had no idea how much I had to learn. I found my thinking challenged most profoundly by interviews with young people, foster parents, case workers, and community partners across our state. Their willingness to share has given me lots of new insight.

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Parenting a Child with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Suggestions and Resources
by Marlyn Wells

After pre-service training, Libby and Ben felt ready to welcome a child into their home. Two months after a baby boy was placed with them, however, they were struggling. The baby’s development was much slower than expected. He was sleeping more and eating less. Sometimes they even had to wake him to eat. After many clinic visits and referrals their

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Caring for Children with Nonsuicidal, Self-Injurious Behavior
by Jeanne Preisler

Someone close to me used to intentionally cut himself when he was younger. He wasn’t trying to kill himself. He wasn’t trying to harm himself at all. On the contrary, he cut himself because it helped him cope in really difficult situations. This is often referred to with terms such as “nonsuicidal self-injury” or “self-harm” or “self-mutilation.” Youth who use

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