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Created by James Sayre, M.D.
#8668. In this video, experienced foster parents discuss why they decided to foster children, how they handle the challenges they face, and the rewards of helping children in crisis. Provides a good introduction to world of foster parents, including:
- why they decided to become foster parents
- what foster children need
- how they deal with special problems a child might have
- being the child’s advocate
- finding support from caseworkers, family, friends, and other foster parents
- their relationship with the child’s biological parents
- coping when a foster child returns to his family
- Nicole and Steve, who have adopted three of their former foster children and currently foster two. They discuss how they deal with the anger often expressed by foster children. They also talk about the importance of being a strong advocate for their children.
- William and Xanthe, who have six biological children and have fostered more than 20 over the years. They discuss building a positive relationship with the biological mother by reassuring her that her child is healthy and safe.
- Melanie, the single mother of three biological children and four adopted former foster children. Melanie admits that not every foster relationship works out, and discusses calling the caseworker for help with a teen.
Comes with discussion guidelines. Viewing time: 24 minutes. This video is available in two versions: English or Spanish.
This item is part of the Families Talk About…Series.
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