Self-Care is a Must for Kinship Caregivers

by Jonathan Rockoff • If you provide kinship care, what I’m about to say will not be surprising: your circumstances and daily experiences are likely much different than “traditional,” non-relative foster parents. In this article I want to do more than provide tips on how to care for yourself as a kinship caregiver. After all, you’re likely aware of what

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Resource Parents Feel It, Too: Managing Your Grief When a Child Leaves Your Home

by Jonathan Rockoff • “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” This poignant line is from E.A. Bucchianeri’s Brushtrokes of a Gadfly, a novel about coping with grief, loss, and trying to get on with daily life despite the hardships happening around you. This is something anyone can relate to—especially

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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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