“We still, in this month of May, still have many challenges,”
One important area of focus is recruiting and maintaining quality foster families, who have a direct and immediate impact on the more than 400,000 children in foster care.
“We want to promote quality foster families,” Landrieu said.
Part of the effort to find and retain quality foster and resource families remains in providing superior training to those families. The people who care for those children are often the unsung heroes of the foster care system. Welcoming new charges into their homes at all hours of the night, foster parents wipe the tears, bandage the wounds and heal the hearts of children. Now, there’s a new training resource available for foster parents.
“Being a part of this book is giving back, in my own small way,” said Denise Kendrick, current foster parent and contributor to The Foster Parenting Toolbox. “I hope it will help other parents care for the precious children we are entrusted with, if even for a short time. There is no other resource for foster parents to help guide them like this book. It is such an important contribution to the fostering community.”
Released in March, The Foster Parenting Toolbox offers resource and foster parents a useful tool and guide in their journey as professional foster parent. A compilation of stories from foster parents, social workers, biological parents, former foster youth and child welfare advocates, The Foster Parenting Toolbox provides a wide range of viewpoints on various topics.
From a step-by-step guide to becoming a foster parent and tips for protecting yourself against false allegations to helpful ways to transition kids and ways to work with birth parents, The Foster Parenting Toolbox is an all-inclusive guide to foster parenting. And woven between the nuts and bolts articles about foster parenting are stories from those who have lived the experience – foster parents who have had to say goodbye to children they loved, former foster youth who offer words of wisdom to foster parents, and caseworkers and support people who have learned from the daily interactions with caring, humble people who raise tough and traumatized children.
“This book is the culmination of more than 10 years of work as editor of Fostering Families Today magazine,” said Kim Phagan-Hansel, book editor. “I’m pleased to provide foster parents throughout the country with a resource they can use day or night, through hard times and joyous celebrations. My hope is that everyone who reads this book will come away with valuable insight into how to improve the lives of children who have the unfortunate experience of living in foster care.”
The Foster Parenting Toolbox is available online at http://amzn.to/