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Social Work Today
E-Newsletter    December 2022
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Editor's E-Note

Everyone involved in foster care requires support in order to ensure a good experience for families. Kristie Abbs, DSW, MSW, MED, looks at the needs of the parents and children and discusses the type of assistance that can bring about positive change.

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Supporting Foster Parents and Children

By Kristie Abbs, DSW, MSW, MED

Foster care has been in place since the 1800s with a focus on helping families. When looking at foster care, an identified need is to support foster parents and children placed in these care homes. Foster parents have essential roles in caring for children whose family members have encountered difficulties in their lives inhibiting them from caring for their children. These parents rely on foster parents to care for their children in hopes of reuniting with them. Foster parents allow parents to take care of themselves, learn, and grow to become better parents for their children. The grace given to these parents enables them to gain support from the foster parents, community, and society.

Foster Care Experiences

Foster parents have a unique opportunity to care for children in need. Children come into these homes for different lengths of time. Whether children stay with foster parents for a couple of days, weeks, or one year, support assists everyone involved. These children have typically experienced increased stress due to family situations. While parents are working to resolve issues, the impact of removal from the home can increase stress for the children and parents, placing more strain on the family. Foster parents also have changes within their own homes when children stay with them. In addition, foster parents often have their children or other family members living with them. When bringing in additional children, the family dynamics change. Another essential factor that stresses the foster parents is the uncertainty of when the foster children will leave their homes.

While it is the expectation for the program to reunite the children with their parents, it is often difficult to cope with leaving the foster home for the foster children, foster parents, and their families. Everyone, along with the children’s parents, must readjust to these changes. Offering support is a great way to increase coping skills and foster resiliency for the foster parents and children. Help in various forms significantly influences the experience and encourages foster parents to take in more children when needed.

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