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Goals for 2012- 2014:

1. Foster Parent Recruitment Tool. Done! visit Foster Care Maps
2. Resource Guide For Emancipating Foster Youth.
3. Business mentoring for Foster Youth.Done! visit Suitcases To Briefcases

Member Blog Posts

2nd Placement

Posted by tamika kennedy on July 26, 2012 at 10:25am 0 Comments

So its been a while since I have posted but now I have another placement & there's so much to discuss. She's 11yr old ADHD & other mental issues. She comes from a large family & the father is extremely controlling & never engages me unless its beneficial to him. I have my concerns she ran away after her 1st wk when she threatened another placement in my hm, but soon after told her parents she wants to stay there and not be sent anywhere else. There's aggression, impulsiveness…

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Stay-At-Home-Mom

Posted by Kristen McGraw on May 21, 2012 at 11:14am 0 Comments

I have a mental image of myself as a stay-at-home mom.  It is a false impression of myself because I have not been a mom with no job outside of the home for many years. However, I cannot shake the inner conviction that this is what I am.  The problem started when I became a crossing guard for the elementary school close to my home.  My kids would walk down to the corner with me and play awhile and then continue onto school when it was time.  When the foster kids came, the same thing…

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Mom, Aunt, Mrs....What is My Name?

Posted by Kristen McGraw on May 8, 2012 at 10:33am 0 Comments

When you meet your foster child for the first time and exchange of names is at the top of the priority list.  It is important to call the child the name they are comfortable with.  The child might not tell you right away how to address them because it is so personal.  A name is a tricky thing for a foster child.  They might love their name or hate it.  Either way is was given to them by the birth parents and it might be the only thing they will ever get from the birth parents.  A new foster…

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I Am A Foster Parent!

Posted by Kristen McGraw on May 8, 2012 at 10:31am 0 Comments

I have been a foster parent, an adoptive parent and a biological parent.  My house and my heart are very full places.  Currently, I have 6 children living in my home ages 19, 17, 17, 15, 6 and 5.  Three I gave birth to, two I adopted and the last one just moved in.  I have experienced the joy and the heartbreak of fostering children and I would like to share that journey with  you.  I should clarify the fact that I am not currently licensed as a foster parent, but I believe that I will…

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Rights have been terminated.....

Posted by tamika kennedy on January 4, 2012 at 10:54am 0 Comments

So my fd mother's rights have finally been temrinated and yes I am happy. Not because of my selfishness but due to the on again off again nature of her mothers affections towards the child. Mom just cant seem to stop drug abuse and finally just disappeared. (For the 2nd time in 1yr)! She has other family members who didnt step up until she came to my home (naturally) and it has been drama ever since. Mom's rights were just terminated last month and my agency has put in a petition for my…

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Through Hell and out the other side

Book by 18 year therapeutic foster parent to over 55 placements.
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What Members Are Saying About Foster Care Central

"The "Facebook" and "MySpace" of foster carers...This is just what we needed to connect with others going through the foster care journey including foster parents, social workers, CASA, volunteers!"

"This is a unique idea in the social services world that has a lot
of potential to do good things."


"Great site! I just spent the last two hours reading just about everything on it and posted six times."

"I can only say that this site has some of the best potential I've seen in a long time. Bravo! You've got an incredible network here."

The Foster Parent Recruitment Tool- "brought to you by Foster Care Central"

The foster parent recruitment tool where foster agencies and potential foster/ adoptive parents can easily connect with one another. This is the best place for potential foster/ adoptive parent to start their fostering journey www.FosterCareMaps.org

Potential Foster Parents- Use the map to locate a foster agency in your area that will meet your needs. Search the Map.
Foster Agencies- Become a member and have your full agency description listed for potential foster parents to view and connect with you. Join now.
County Agencies- Become a member and have your counties high need Zip Code areas displayed on the top of the Map to recruit foster parents. Join now.

Forums

The difference between Treatment Foster Care and Traditional Foster Care

Started by Shandira in Prospective Foster Parents Jan 25, 2013. 0 Replies

 It is important to explore the different options when addressing the needs of vulnerable youth. Treatment Foster Care and traditional foster care are two distinct program models intended to serve…Continue

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Dissertation Research Data Collection

Started by Pamela Parker in News Jan 21, 2013. 0 Replies

Hello.  My name is Pamela Parker and I am a graduate/doctoral candidate in general psychology (educational psychology track) at Walden University seeking participants for my dissertation research…Continue

Babysitters

Started by tamika kennedy in General Questions & Suggestions Jul 26, 2012. 0 Replies

I am a foster parent soon to adopt but now the agency has placed another child with me who has visits and I now work full-time so I can't do visits.Every week I am scrambling to find a family member…Continue

Persistence

Started by KevinMcHugh in Success Stories May 14, 2012. 0 Replies

Don't ever give up  on the things that weigh on your heart and mind. Being a foster parent is difficult due to the profiling of a typical foster homes by the very agencies that were intende to…Continue

Baby behavior issues??

Started by Michelle in Behavior Issues May 5, 2012. 0 Replies

Ok, so I have an 11 mo. old I have had since he was 4 mos. He screams and rages, arching, if he doesn't get his way, or doesn't get picked up quick enough, or gets put down when he doesn't want to.…Continue

Tpr process and when to get adoption attorney

Started by monique millard in Adoption and Guardianship Options. Last reply by Sylvia Roland Apr 16, 2012. 3 Replies

Hello everyone I'm currently a FP to two beautiful girls that are sisters I have had them for a year the TPR was filed jan 9,2012 I was wondering how long will this process take and when should I get…Continue

Pediatric Dentist to recommend!!

Started by Karen F Griner in General Questions & Suggestions Feb 9, 2012. 0 Replies

Thought I'd share a resource in the community that ALL of our kiddos need. :) We began using Dr. Han yesterday and really like him. Great w/ kids! And he takes MC!!!Pediatric Dental CareJohn Han…Continue

Lies with a diabetic child...

Started by Lori Van Roo in Behavior Issues. Last reply by M M Feb 22, 2012. 6 Replies

Hello, My husband and I just finalized the adoption of our two boys in December of 2011. The have been in and out of the foster system for the five years. For the most part both of the boys are well…Continue

Name Change?

Started by SW in Adoption and Guardianship Options. Last reply by M M Feb 22, 2012. 9 Replies

I just got word that the rights of my foster son's parents are going to be terminated and he will be free for adoption. That is great news for us, but both parents are pretty upset about it, creating…Continue

Direct License v/s Certifying with FFA

Started by Wesley Smith in Prospective Foster Parents Dec 13, 2011. 0 Replies

I hope this is a reasonable place to put this.My wife and I have been Fostering for about 3 years / 12 Kids. We have been with Foster Family Agencies (FFA's) so far. However they keep closing out…Continue

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Organization of the Month- "AdoptUSKids":

Congratulations to Foster Care Central's "Organization Of The Month" - AdoptUSKids. Their Mission is to: Raise public awareness about need for foster, adoptive families for children in public child welfare system; assist U.S. States, Territories, Tribes to recruit, retain foster, adoptive families, connect them with U.S. children. Children of color, sibling groups, children with physical or mental disabilities, and older children (ages 9 and up) and teens are even more in need of adoptive homes. 

To get more information about AdoptUSKids and see how they can help you with your adoption journey, call toll-free at 1-888-200-4005 or visit, http://www.adoptuskids.org/

 

Foster Care Central Honor Roll

The following have been honored by their peers for their work improving the lives of children in the nation's foster care system (to nominate an honoree send an email to info@fostercarecentral.org):

  • Former Harlem Wizard's player, and foster child: Courtney L. Castro of Brooklyn, New York. "He is a true mentor for our youth"- Cassandra Humphrey.
  • OFA honors Stewart Gordon, founder and President of Foster Care Central.  "Stewart’s tireless commitment and desire for positive change and better outcomes for children in foster care is to be applauded.  Thank you for the service you are providing. Your efforts are making a difference for foster youth.Thanks!"- Lynn Davis, Director, Community Partnerships Orphan Foundation of America.
  • Kerri Hankin MSW Executive Director of WhimSpire CPA-a fearless leader and absolutely the best-enough said!- Christina Kindell
  • Krystal McManis,MSW,Front Range Coordinator for WhimSpire CPA-always understanding and supportive.- Christina Kindell
  • Candy Cernigliaro, Circle of Care organization provides a great peer support base as well as support with supplies and material to share along the way. Candy was a major rock during our kinship foster experience through Oklahoma DHS and kept my wife from going insane during some very trying times. Her tireless effort for the Circle of Care families has been a major inspiration for me and I cannot say enough about her and the organization she works for.- Dennis Watson.

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Friends of Foster Care Central

David Gerrold- Award Winning Author, The Martian Child.
"To my mind, being an adoptive parent is one of the greatest adventures any human being can take on. It's also one of the most inspiring and rewarding. I can't imagine my life without my son. It's as if I spent every day of my life preparing for this joy."

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - Legendary Rapper and Grammy Winner.
"To all my peeps at Foster Care Central, I thank God for you, because you are allowing these children to fulfill their purpose and destiny!

Television's Judge Karen - Foster Parent and Foster Advocate.
"Your work yesterday and today is paving the way for the changes the system needs. Don't give up hope. Our children need you and need others like you."

Sen. Darrell Steinberg- CA. State Senator and Foster Advocate.
"To all the members of Foster Care Central who are dedicated to improving the lives of foster children...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU."

Amos Zereoue- former NFL Running Back.
"You are the people who never get the recognition that is deserved, and I'd like to commend you and thank you for all your hard work."

Alonzo Mourning- NBA Great
"Just remember, there is no easy way to success.

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