Blogging: Interested in Blogging? We're currently looking for volunteer bloggers for the following categories: Foster Adoption and Foster Care. This may be the perfect time to voice your adoption experiences and share with our community.
Photolisting: Now is the perfect time to raise foster and adoption awareness. If you have your own blog or website, perhaps you would like to add our Photo Listing Widget to help raise awareness of foster children nationwide.
Would you like to help more children from your agency get adopted faster? Click here for a form to add children to our photolisting. This service is FREE to all states and includes a team of technical support and customer service staff to maintain the Photolisting.
Don't see any children from your state? Please contact your local officials to let them know you would like to see children from your state.
Everyone needs someone to look up to in all stages of life. The same applies to your foster children. It's true that they have you as a mentor, but it doesn't hurt to have a few more. The more support your foster children have, the better it will be. However, the trick is finding the right mentors for your foster children.
Here are three ideas on who would make positive foster mentors:
Former/Current Foster Care Children
This is probably the most obvious choice. These current and former foster care children know what it's like to be in foster care. They can relate on a deeper level than someone who has worked on the other side of the foster care system. Perhaps there is an older foster child in your home that could help mentor another child, or maybe someone who once was in your home but has since aged out of the system.
If you don't know anyone personally who was in foster care and would be the perfect positive mentor for your foster children, don't fret. You still have options. First, you could reach out to your children's social or case workers to see if they have any connections. Or, you could reach out to local foster care support groups. If your foster children prefer not to attend a support group, you could attend for them and possibly make a connection yourself. Chances are you'll be able to find someone who is willing to help because they know what it's like to be a ward of the state.
Favorite School Teachers
It doesn't matter whether your foster children enjoy school or dislike it. You might be able to find at least one teacher to whom your foster children feel connected. It's generally OK to approach the teachers and talk to them about your foster children and their need for a positive mentor and person of influence. Speaking with the teachers will ensure that you're on the same page. The teachers don't have to do anything out of the ordinary. Just encourage them to keep doing the great things they're doing. It's simply good for the teachers to know of their students' needs, and that can help build an even deeper connection or level of mutual respect and trust.
One of the many good things about great teachers is that their influences are felt for years to come. Some teachers even retain mentor-like relationships with their former students post-graduation.
Younger Foster Children
This may be a bit unexpected to see on this list. Connecting your foster children with younger, newer foster children can be a way for them to have a chance mentoring others. Sometimes helping others is a way to help ourselves, too, especially when it comes to emotional healing. Your foster children may find that it helps their emotional states to focus on helping someone else overcome their own problems. You can connect them with other foster children in your own home or branch out and team up with other foster parents in your area.
Your foster children should feel safe, secure, and loved. Allowing them to mentor and finding mentors for them is a great way to do that.
Hoping to Adopt? Create Your Profile Today and get 30 Days FREE!
Sign up with Parent Profiles to create your adoption profile today and start connecting with expectant and placing parents. Your profile will be featured on many of the best known adoption websites. Mention you saw this ad or when completing your paperwork use code PPCN and we will give you 30 days free*.
*Contact ParentProfiles.com for details.
The information and links displayed above relate to profile posting services provided on the ParentProfiles.com web site, which is a service of Adoption Profiles, L.L.C., who sponsors this section and is solely responsible for its content.
Recently Dear Hubby and I were discussing with some friends our decision to adopt our younger sibling group of three. We recalled that what worried us at the time — finances... more
Tinkerbell is finally 5 years old. Waiting for her birthday was torture since The Captain had his in March and The Blitz celebrated in early April. That seven weeks... more
Encourage your foster child's natural personality through after-school activities, sports, crafts, or the books he or she reads.
Have a question? Comment? In Your Words is your way to reach out to the adoption community and get tips from others and share important information.
Have something to share in the next issue of the emag? Please use the form below to tell us about your thoughts, comments, experiences, feedback, etc. Your submission may appear in an upcoming issue of the emag.
To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):
Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of Adoption.com.