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Foster Care: The First 30 Days

Disclaimer: The following information is based on Indiana DCS policy and my personal experiences…but don’t let that stop you.  Read on, because if you have even a twinge of curiosity, this may answer a lot of questions. So, you are...

You Should Just Stop Fostering

Many years ago I sat on the deck of a beach house with my step-brother.  We were enjoying an adult beverage, watching the sunset and catching up.  This brother is the quiet one, so having a deep conversation was never really our norm...

Those Poor Foster Kids

Don’t pity my foster children.  They don’t need it.  Oh, yes, there was a time when I pitied them, but that was short lived.  I realized in a quick hurry that there is no time for pity here. Dive into the life of a quality foster...

I Foster For the Money

If you want to evoke the passion of a quality foster parent, please spew the phrase, “Foster parents are only in it for the money.” This short phrase will no doubt be reciprocated with a smile, a deep breath and silence as they work to...

Foster Fears: What About My Own Children?

Making the choice to foster comes with many fears.  Fostering isn’t decided upon lightly. Fear is natural when considering fostering. By far, the most significant fear my hubs and I faced was how fostering would impact our daughter. Are we...

Foster Parents Can Be Crappy Too

In a previous article, THOSE CRAPPY DCS CASE WORKERS, I shared some insights into the job of a case worker. I am not naïve to think that though their jobs are tough and come with a price emotionally, physically and mentally, that there are not...

Those Crappy Case Workers

Being a foster parent for a number of years now, I have run into the good, the bad and the ugly regarding DCS Case Workers. My complaints have been many and my crap list is long. If you are a foster parent, you know exactly what I am talking about...

I Could Never Be a Foster Parent

I hear it time and time again. “I really admire you.” “I could never be a foster parent.” “I don’t know how you do it.” “I wouldn’t be able to give them back.” Well, yes, you could. You wouldn’t have a choice. What this statement really means is...