Library of Articles: Becoming a Foster Parent

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Library of articles and features for those considering becoming foster parents of a child in the U.S. foster care system

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Adoptive & Foster Family Education - Conspicuously Online
Conspicuous Families: Race, Culture & Adoption" is just one of a growing number of quality online education resources for adopting, adoptive, and foster parents. Learn more about these learning opportunities and where to find online classes.

All About LifeBooks
One of the best communication tools for parents and children, lifebooks are also important for those waiting to adopt and foster parents. Learn about them, how to get started, and how to use them.

Becoming A Foster Parent
For some it's a first step toward adoption. For all it's a proactive statement of nurturing, advocacy, and love.

Bookmaking... For Life
Creating a lifebook for an adopted or foster child is a way to focus on the personal history of one individual. An online tutorial and a new book tell all about them, how to make them, and how they can be used to promote attachment and a positive grasp of identity.

From Fostering to Adopting
Making the move to permanence is a joyful family experience, but are you ready? Take the self-assessment and see.

Legal Options for Caregivers
When substitute care for children is needed, options include adoption, guardianship, legal custody, and others. Learn what each involves and state restrictions.

Looking for Mr./Ms. Goodworker
Is there such a thing as the ideal social worker for your family's needs? Maybe not, but an experienced foster care and adoption professional thinks there's hope. Guest author: Emil Baldwin, Jr., LSW

The Forgotten Children
The Children with AIDS Project offers hope of permanent and foster families to HIV/AIDS-affected infants and children.

Treatment Foster Care - One Parent's Story
Treatment/Therapeutic Foster Parenting provides a crucial service to children dealing with extreme challenges. One parent tells us how this differs from traditional foster care, and details about training, services and therapy programs.

Waiting Child Photolistings
A quick reference to finding and using online photolistings of waiting children in the US, Canada, and around the world.

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