When I was in the process of becoming a licensed foster parent back in 2013, I had a hard time finding practical information on what to expect and how to best prepare for this new adventure. Much of what I found made foster parents sound either like monsters or like angels. Most of what comes out in the news about foster care focuses on the brokenness of the system: kids who fall through the cracks, foster parents who are abusive, etc. But what about the day-to-day ins & outs of the life of a foster family?
Once we started our first placement, we began our crash course in all things “foster care.” After six months with our children, I felt compelled to begin sharing from my limited experience, in hopes that I could offer others like myself some practical insight in order to help them feel more equipped/informed. So I started making videos, and for six years, my YouTube channel served as a resource for foster parents and agencies in the US and beyond. After finalizing our fifth adoption and moving to Virginia, I decided to shut down my YouTube channel and step back from being a public foster parent figure, mainly out of respect for my kids’ privacy, but also because I did not have the bandwidth to be devoted to their needs and continue managing a YouTube channel. Meanwhile, I hosted The Flourishing Foster Parent from 2019-2020, amassing a library of audio recordings of live “Coaching Calls,” providing members insight and information from experienced foster parents and professionals in fields related to foster care.
The library of resources I created is available here for individual or group use. A Fostered Life podcast is available here, and there are many articles on my blog as well.
I hope that these resources will continue to be helpful to new and prospective foster parents. I have said many times that foster parenting is the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done. I still say that. I just hope that my resources can help it be a little less hard for those who step up to the plate on behalf of the thousands of children in out-of-home care who need not only a safe and stable home environment, but a caregiver who understands the toll trauma takes on a child’s emotional, mental, and even physical well-being.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I will do my best to respond with videos addressing each of these excellent questions very soon!
We were licensed directly through DSHS. A great place to start is this web site: http://fosteringtogether.org/ Click your region then scroll down to “Become A Foster Parent,” and you will find links to DSHS as well as private agencies. Good luck!
Hi Robyn! Thank you for writing. You are welcome to use my videos on your site. Good luck with your training. I’m sure you will be a blessing to many!
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