Really Helpful Information for Foster Parents

  • Foster mother hugging a foster child by a road Making a Difference: Your Path to Foster Parenting in Virginia
    Are you considering foster parenting in Virginia? With approximately 20,000 children aging out of the foster care system in the US without finding permanent homes, the…
  • FosterUSKids logo Expanding Our Reach: Supporting Foster Kids Across the U.S.
    We help foster children, but how much we can help depends on finding, training, and certifying foster parents. Facing nearly 400,000 children in the United States foster care…
  • American flag with a judges gavel in front of it Guide to Child Protective Services (CPS) in VA: How CPS Supports Families & Children
    In Virginia, the role of Child Protective Services (CPS) goes beyond mere supervision; it's a lifeline for those in need. As of 2023, there were over 5,000 children in foster…
  • foster parents teaching a child to cook in Kitchen Understanding the Emotional Impact of Foster Parenting:
    There are indeed unique challenges that foster families face. Most children in the foster care system have experienced some trauma. As such, the best parenting approach may differ…
  • Foster parent looking a Child holding up a drawing The Role of Education in Foster Care and Adoption
    Children in the foster care system may suffer even more from academic setbacks. Disruptions in their home environment due to new placements and starting over in a different school…
  • Two cocktails on a red table cloth Supporting Foster Youth During the Holidays
    Try to understand that not all foster youth feel comfortable celebrating the holidays. It might bring up traumatic memories for them. Remain empathetic, and never push them to do…
  • Two children standing in a park The Importance of Cultural Competence in Foster Care
    There are many definitions of cultural competence. It refers to behaviors and attitudes that let individuals work in cross-cultural situations. It's aware of your values and…
  • Foster mom and child on a dock 10 Common Myths About Foster Care and Adoption: Debunked
    Believing in common misconceptions about foster care has the most significant impact on kids in the system. Many of us believe what we hear rather than spend time looking up the…
  • Foster parents watching a child draw Navigating the Legal System as a Foster or Adoptive Parent
    First, you should understand that the foster care system's primary goal is to reunite foster children with their biological parents or families. When reunification is not possible…
  • foster parents hands holding a little red heart How to Prepare for First Placement: Tips for Foster Parents
    Here are some tips for Virginia foster parents. Build Your Support Network As you begin prepping for your fostering journey, you'll want a group of people you can go to for help.…
  • foster father holding a young child in his arms in a field Foster Care 101: Birth Parents and Foster Parents
    As a foster parent, you may want to consider co-parenting. Co-parenting is when foster parents share the responsibilities of caring for a foster child with the birth parents…
  • foster parents supporting a child on a bike How Long Does It Take To Adopt a Foster Child?
    The timeline before receiving your first foster care placement varies depending on the selected age range, how many children you're willing to foster, and other considerations.…
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