Foster Parenting 101
How to become a foster parent? Should you foster to adopt? What do you need to be a good foster parent? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. John DeGarmo, a leading expert in foster care and parenting.
- Applying to become a foster parent. How to apply? Where to apply? What type of training is required?
- Where is the greatest need for foster parents?
- How to apply to be a respite provider, and how does that differ from being a regular foster parent?
- Should you be a foster parent if your main goal is to adopt?
- How does the foster to adopt process work?
- What is his response when people say “adopt from foster care… it’s free”?
- Tips for welcoming a new child into your home.
- Working with birth parents. What is the ultimate goal of foster care?
- Tips for working with birth parents.
- Working with the system. Working with caseworkers. What are the most common frustrations for foster families working with social services?
- Importance of respite care.
- Saying good-bye to a foster child. Preparing your family and the child.
- How do adopted children within the foster family handle new foster kids coming into the home and then being reunified with their birth families? Does it make the adopted kids feel less permanence in the home? Do they question why some get reunified and others don’t?
- Is it possible to travel with a foster child? Within the state? Outside the state? Outside the country?
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