Success as A Foster Parent [NOOK Book]

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Change a child's life!



Reap the rewards of becoming a foster parent. Over 600,000 American children are in the foster care system each year, and the number is growing. So is the number of good-hearted people willing to become foster parents. But what does it take to become a foster parent? How does one begin? What about your own family? What does it cost? Success as a Foster Parent has the answers to these basic questions and much more. Written by Rachel Greene Baldino, MSW, ...

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Success as A Foster Parent

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Overview

Change a child's life!



Reap the rewards of becoming a foster parent. Over 600,000 American children are in the foster care system each year, and the number is growing. So is the number of good-hearted people willing to become foster parents. But what does it take to become a foster parent? How does one begin? What about your own family? What does it cost? Success as a Foster Parent has the answers to these basic questions and much more. Written by Rachel Greene Baldino, MSW, in association with the National Foster Parent Association, it is the first and only commercially available book to clearly explain the process of becoming a foster parent. Readers will learn:



- The questions to ask before making the decision to be a foster caregiver



- How to research local state and private agencies



- The financial cost and the compensation



- The challenges involved in caring for children from infants to teens, including physically and psychologically challenged kids



- Issues relating to schools, birth parents, supervisory visits, vacations, and dozens of other factors



- All about adoption In addition to concrete information, there are dozens of moving stories drawn from interviews with veteran foster parents and tips about caregiving.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101024652
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 661,544
  • File size: 311 KB

Meet the Author

National Foster Parent Association is a nonprofit volunteer organization established to meet the needs of foster families in the United States. Today, NFPA has grown from an original group of 926 foster parents, 210 social workers, and 59 other professionals to an organization that represents thousands of foster families nationwide.

Rachel Greene Baldino, MSW, LCSW, writes a relationship column for a health and wellness website. She is the author of the e-book Loving Simply: Eliminating Drama from Your Intimate Relationships and coauthor of The Complete Idiot's GuideĀ® to Enhancing Sexual Desire.
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Table of Contents

1 Foster Caring 1

2 Is Becoming a Foster Parent Right for Me? 9

3 Where Do I Start? 21

4 Training and Ongoing Support for Foster Parents 39

5 The Financials of Fostering 55

6 Your First Placement 63

7 Fostering Infants and Toddlers, 0-3 77

8 Fostering School-Age Children, 4-12 95

9 Fostering Teenagers 113

10 Fostering Sibling Groups 131

11 Fostering Children with Special Needs 139

12 Collaborating with Birth Parents 161

13 Foster Care and Your Existing Family 173

14 When a Foster Child Leaves Your Care 187

15 Adopting Children and Adolescents from Foster Care 205

16 The Extended Foster Care Family 221

Appendixes

A Recommended Reading 227

B Key Organizations 233

Index 237

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Good book, but...

    I was hoping that it would be different. I should have read into it a little bit more before I picked it up and actually bought it.

    We are looking into becoming foster parents and I was hoping that it would be more for that 'sector' of people, but it's more for people that have already parented their own children and are now going to become foster parents either concurrently or after their children have grown.

    Other than that it has interesting anecdotes and good information. They make reference to other publications that I am going to pick up and see if they are written more for the situation that we are in.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Surface info.

    Good basic info, but if this is not the first piece of info you have read on foster care you probably won't learn much you don't already know.

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