By Carol Jones There are three phases of foster care placement: PRE-PLACEMENT, PLACEMENT AND POST-PLACEMENT. Pre-placement: Your family structure will change with the addition of a foster child.  Make sure

Share

By Carol Jones Foster families understand, after training and after talking to other foster families, that fostering can be challenging.  Most families don’t fully understand how stressful welcoming a foster

Share

By Carol Jones One issue you may not have thought much about is the fact that foster children are deeply affected by special occasions.  Birthdays can be a time for

Share

By Carol Jones Sources of strength and support can come from many different places.  Relationships can be a source of strength.  Ask who the child loves and who the child

Share

By Carol Jones A lot of families think about fostering.  The need for foster homes is great here in Arkansas and around the country.  It is important that prospective families

Share

By Carol Jones ICM does two things to facilitate foster care for the children served.  First the staff recruits prospective foster parents for children that may be referred to the

Share

By Carol Jones The entire family can be excited about a new foster child becoming part of the family.  In time the foster child will be glad to know your

Share

By Carol Jones Prepare your children for the first meeting. Make sure they are prepared to welcome the child into their home. Make sure they are clear which of their

Share

By Carol Jones Moving to a new home has got to be the hardest thing a child in foster care does. Every new move has many possibilities, some good and

Share

By Carol Jones We want to share our home with our foster child, but the child may not understand what that means.  Many kids have shared spaces with lots of

Share