Of Interest to Foster Parents

Autism: The changing face of “nerds” (and autism) in popular culture

An illuminating essay by the parent of an autistic child.

The changing face of “nerds” (and autism) in popular culture


Of Interest to Foster Parents

Bedtime Pass Helps Parents And Kids Skip The Sleep Struggles

From National Public Radio:

The Bedtime Pass Helps Parents And Kids Skip The Sleep Struggles

Children often don’t want to go to sleep, and parents don’t like to put them to bed. A simple card makes it much less of a struggle, researchers say, giving everyone in the family some control.

Read this story


Of Interest to Foster Parents

Recommended Reading: Child Watch® Column: “Hanging on to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive”

The Child Watch Column is written by Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund.

This week’s Child Watch Column – “Hanging on to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive” – is particularly informative and inspirational.  I highly recommend reading it in light of recent events.  Click Here to read.

In this week’s column, Mrs. Edelman’s talks about Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy.

“South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban “death sentences” — capital punishment and life imprisonment without parole for offenses committed by juveniles.”

Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Mrs. Edelman’s Child Watch Column also appears each week on The Huffington Post and on the Children’s Defense Fund web site.

Sign-up to receive CDF President Marian Wright Edelman’s weekly Child Watch Column.

* * *

Of Interest to Foster Parents

2014 KIDS COUNT: Nevada Comes In 7th out of 50! (From the Bottom!)

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

An annual report on how children are faring in the United States

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Project

How how well does your state treat kids?

If you’re not satisfied with the results for your state, GET INVOLVED!  ADVOCATE for your kids at the Local, State, and National Level!

* * *

Of Interest to Foster Parents

Free Foster Parent Training Community!

Join Our Free Foster Parent Training Community!
Click Here
Mutual Help, Training & Info for All Foster Parents

At times, a foster parent can feel alone. No one understands the challenges, stress and frustration of being a foster parent.

Whether you’re a newly licensed foster parent, or have been fostering for years, group home or private, toddlers or teens, therapeutic, medically fragile, or regular, youth parole or independent living, this community is for you.

Here, you can share ideas, experience, ask questions and provide answers to other foster parents, caseworkers, and professionals involved in foster care. This is a “Private” community for a purpose.: To allow honest, respectful discussion about issues related to foster care.

* * *

Of Interest to Foster Parents

She raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

From the Christian Science Monitor People Making a Difference Series.

Vicki Houska raised 12 foster kids. Now she helps other families do it.

She lined her St. Louis-area basement with freezers and shelves and began distributing food, diapers, and toiletries free to local foster families.

Click on the Title Above to Read the Story Here.

Of Interest to Foster Parents

Who’s a Mandated Child Abuse Reporter? You are!

Approximately 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report suspected child maltreatment.

Included are foster parents.

Often, abused children in foster care know other children who have been or are being abused.  It is our responsibility as foster parents to report.  No proof of abuse or neglect is needed, only “reasonable suspicion” that child abuse or neglect may have occurred.

The primary intent of the reporting law is to protect the child from abuse and neglect. However, a report of suspected child abuse or neglect may also present an opportunity to provide help for the family.

We now offer access to 6 Hours of Certified Mandated Reporter Training.

For more information about the training, click on either TRAINING LOGIN or Training Topics Offered in the Menu.

An excellent, detailed FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about Mandated Reporting of suspected child abuse can found here.

* * *

Of Interest to Foster Parents


A common topic for discussion among foster care providers is the lack of government funding and the low rates paid foster parents.

Too often, we just complain and that’s it.

Most of us probably have little interest in politics. But if you want change to happen for the better, you have to advocate for improvements with your legislative representatives.

Effective advocacy takes work but the payoff can be great.

In the near future, we will be offering an Effective Advocacy for Foster Care Training Topic as well as access to a professional advocate consultant.

In the meantime, take any opportunity you have to “button hole” your legislative representatives at all levels to advocate for more support for foster parents and the children in their care.

Here are a few points to advocate for:

  • Increased reimbursement to foster parents
  • More caseworkers
  • Medicaid coverage for foster children’s dental care
  • Better access to psychiatric & psychological services, particularly in rural areas
  • Recognition of foster parents as professionals for the 24-7 work we do

Effective advocacy begins with you and all foster parents making our voices heard.  The more of us who speak out, the more likely improvements will happen.

What would you like to advocate for regarding foster care?  Use our contact link in our site menu to tell us.

Of Interest to Foster Parents Training


Occasionally, a link to an off-site Training Topic may not work.  Because much of our training is based on other sites, we rely on our members to notify us when a Training Topic is no longer accessible.  We apologize for any inconvenience these broken links may cause and appreciate your cooperation in letting us know.

In some cases, the Training Topic may have a new link, in which case we make the correction so you can connect with it.  Other times, a particular Training Topic has been removed and we delete it from our list of Training Topics.

Of Interest to Foster Parents

Autistic Teen Befriends Apple’s Siri

[NOTE:  To activate the links in this posting, click on the title above.]

A heartwarming story of love, patience, and technology.

Are you a foster parent of an autistic child?  This story from National Public Radio may be of interest.  It’s just under 4 minutes.  Click Here to listen.  Or to read the story as published in the New York Times, Click Here.


Forgot Password?

Join Us