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  • brt15
    Bedroom for Infant or Toddler Foster Children

    In PA, can a foster child under 3 years old share a room with their foster parent, provided that they have their own crib to sleep in?

  • Jody Cantrell Dyer
    Sweet, helpful book details foster mother's experiences.

    Friends, take a look at the book One BIG Family by Claudia Peacock. You can get it in paperback or on Kindle at Amazon.

    The author fostered over 200…

  • rn4kidz
    foster parents to supervise visits in their own homes

    starting in january, my county is going to require that foster parents allow birth parents into their own homes and to supervise the visits. I know other states do this;…

  • albish
    Foster Parents Needed

    My name is Alyssa Bish and I am a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia pursuing my Masters Degree in Communication. I have been working with foster children closely…

  • toinfinityandbiond
    Bio-Momma Drama

    Okay, that title may be a little over the top but it rhymes wink

    We have had our 7 1/2 year old foster…

  • rn4kidz
    respite issue

    I was asked to provide respite for a 6 yr old, told she had add. Was asked to do it for two weekends, i said i’d let them know about…

  • MsPennyLane
    Feeling a Little Frustrated

    I’m looking for a little insight, no judgement please.

    Currently we have two foster babies. One 9 month old who is a legal risk placement and a 5 month…

  • AshleyLM
    Sibling Drama

    Last Thursday I got a call from the woman who has been raising my son’s older sister, who has come to stay with us on a few occasions. It was a long, difficult conversation. The impetus for her call was mostly because she believed the sister was spreading misleading and damaging rumors about her and she wanted to be sure I heard her side. She started off the conversation by telling me she didn’t want my son to hear what we were saying. He never left my side the entire time we were talking, except to keep the baby quiet. In the hour plus that we spoke, this woman, who considers herself their aunt, did not say one nice thing about the sister. She called her a money grubbing, gold digging, lying, manipulative, slut. This woman lied to make herself out to be a victim. I asked her how I could help and she asked me to see if there are any services that she could use for the sister. I spoke with two case workers about her situation and one said it sounded like the girl was being verbally abused. She is 18 but still needs to complete her final year of high school and I don’t think she is emotionally ready to be living on her own. The case worker suggested she could sign herself into foster care, thus removing herself from her current home. My son wants her to move in with us and given how insane things seem to be for her, I consented stating we would worry about the legalities after the fact ” sort of like asking for forgiveness rather than permission. My heart breaks for this girl and she sent my son a picture of her arm full of hundreds of nasty red slashes because she had repeatedly sliced herself with something. Her phone had been taken from her, so we were unable to hear her side of the story. When she was finally able to call, she sounded so broken it took everything I had not to pile the kids in the van and go get her away from the mess. This is hard because I want to help and I care about this girl simply because she is family through my son. But, I also don’t want to start a war with the “aunt” (she is a friend of their mom’s whom they all once lived with so they call her their aunt) and I don’t want to over-step my boundaries, which I may have already done. Things are going well for us right now and I don’t want to upset the balance by inviting in this drama, but I feel like we’re in it anyway. Has anyone else had to deal with drama from members of your child’s biological family? How do you manage to care but not get involved? Or do you just dive in and figure it out?

  • rn4kidz
    lying social workers

    Is it common for social workers to lie to get you to accept a placement? Ive taken several respite cases now, and each time critical information has been missing. At…

  • AshleyLM
    Testifying in Court

    Had anyone had to testify in court regarding their foster children? I have two little ones and the county was trying to suspend their visits with their mother but things…

  • rn4kidz
    calling parents

    When they dropped off my emergency placement child they gave me her parents phone number and asked me to update them if I felt comfortable. Is this standard? I really…

  • rn4kidz
    freaking out

    I am trying to adopt, but am licensed to foster. This evening i got a phone call for an emergency temporary placement (until tuesday) of an 11 year old girl…

  • Kristyq
    Choosing between agencies in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Hi all,

    My husband and I are trying to choose between Foster Care agencies. We went to an orientation given by Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, and we really…

  • toinfinityandbiond
    Splitting up sibilngs...

    So, here it goes… We got a call (less than 24 hours after our license was approved!) back in November for a sibling group of three. (boy: 6; girl 7,…

  • AshleyLM
    Baby Unhappy During Visits

    I am struggling with a situation right now. I have a foster son who just turned 7 months old. He has lived with me since he was 4 days old.…

  • Bless2014
    Finally Approved & License!!!!!!!

    Just found out this past tuesday that we are finally officially approved!!! Now the wait ;-/ Hope it’s not to long. So excited and nervous at the same time

  • sacohe
    The Conflicted Heart of a Foster Parent

    I am a former foster parent and this article really spoke to me.  We had two placements, both three day old babies, placed with us at different times.  We desperately…

  • hdctx
    Catholic Charities is seeking foster families

    According to this article, Catholic Charities under contract with the Federal Government is seeking foster families to care for immigrant children AND young adults up to age 23. The reimbursement…

  • quirkyleprechaun
    Region 3 Agency

    My husband and I are currently foster-adopt parents with Angelheart Kids, but as our first placement is coming to an end we’re considering changing our agency. We really enjoyed our…

  • zuzu
    NYC foster/adopt agencies?

    Any opinions on the following agencies?
    -Catholic Guardian Society.  -Children’s Aid Society.  -Episcopal Social Services.  -Cardinal McClosky Services. 
    We have an approved homestudy with COAC to adopt…

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