Self-Care for Foster Parents
Parenting children from the foster care system who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect is hard and lonely work. Foster parents must take care of themselves to avoid burning out. Most foster parents, by their nature, are caregivers. Self-care does not come easily for those used to caring for vulnerable kids.
Creating a Family has resources and ideas, supported by research and experienced therapists, to help foster/resource parents and kinship caregivers prioritize their self-care. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:
- What Is Respite Care and How Do I Access It? (article)
- Self-Care for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Parents (article)
- Foster Parents Practice Radical Hospitality (guest article)
- Jessica Grose: Screaming on the Inside (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
- The Connected Parent (1 hr. podcast w/ experts)
- Taking Care of Yourself When Parenting Harder to Parent Kids (1 hr. podcast w/ expert)
Scroll to the very bottom of this page to see the many other resources we have on self-care for foster parents in the form of blogs, articles, radio shows/podcasts, tip sheets, fact sheets, and expert Q & A’s.