How can foster parents “listen” to their new arrival? One good way is to work with the child to prepare a story of the child's past. Called a Life Book...
Advocating for Your Foster Child
Working to provide a stable home from which a child can grow is the best thing foster parents can do.
All children have the right to a permanent home within child time. Federal law has set appropriate deadlines for permanence. Yet the average time spent in foster care is approximately two years.
The U.S. foster care system is said to be improving, but has anyone asked their customers? The facts on the ground are not what they seem on paper. As Truman responded to a question about political realities: “I never did give them Hell, I just told them the truth and they thought it was Hell!”
Disputed adoptions may be decided on the issue of bonding vs. biological kinship.
Advocating for the foster child is one of the duties of a foster parent. Common sense dictates that they should have certain rights in order to fulfill this duty.
Foster parents are the only players who have 24/7 day-after-day knowledge of the children in their home. They know and they care and they must have input.