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Old 08-12-2002, 08:28 PM
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Question No Foster Parenting Forum?

Hi everyone!
My husband and I are considering foster parenting and want to share ideas and/or experiences with others who already do this. I found no forum on this particular thing though, so I just came to the adoption forum.
We recently heard of a sibling group who are grandkids of a very close friend of DH's sister. (Got that??) Well, anyway. The parents are drug users (crack and other stuff) and the 10 yr old is fed up and is tired of being a father to his brothers and sister. He said he wants to call police so they can be taken in by foster parents. He told his Grandma he wants to leave home. This story broke our hearts and we so much want to help them. I called the agency in my state to receive an info packet. If any of you have tips and other information (what to expect, how to cope, what to have ready for inspection, etc.) it will be a great help to me. Thank you all so much for being the helpful people you are.
Oh, also interested if there is a limit to how many kids you can have. (We have 4 of our own). And will they allow us to homeschool foster kids as we do our own or will they have to go to public school. Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2002, 03:58 AM
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Question Fostering DH's sister's grandkids?

Did I get that right? Oh well.

First you will need to be willing to accept the fact that they are not your children and may go back to their parents. I'm fostering a three month old puppy and getting her ready for adoption. That is hard enough. It hasn't even been a week and we are seriously attached to each other. It's going to be very hard to give her up to a good home.

Second, it probably varies from state to state on the number of children in a home and educational options. You might want to try a search on foster care with your state.

Here are some links with information on foster parenting:

http://www.adoption.com
http://fostercare.org/FPHP/
http://www.fostercare.net/
National Foster Parent Assoc: http://www.nfpainc.org/
Foster Parenting site with tons of info: www.fosterparenting.com/

Hope that helps you.

Just another quick note:

Thank you for being who you are and wanting to help these children. I'm a recovering alcoholic and addict. I am SO glad that I did not become pregnant while using. It would have been aweful for any child I'd have brought into this world with enough problems already. I don't know what we are thinking when we are using ... ok, we aren't thinking. That's the problem. And the poor children are the ones who suffer.

Good Luck! Let us know what happens.
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Foster parenting

Thanks for your input Kristin. No, these kids are the grandkids of a very close friend of DH's sister (my SIL). She (my SIL) told us that her friend (Gramma to these kids) was over there visiting kids and the oldest boy (10yo) sat her down and said he was really sick of the whole mess and just wanted to leave w/ all his brothers and sister. I know that for every kid we hear about like this, there are a thousand others we don't hear about, living with irresponsible, abusive, no-good parents. It makes my blood boil that these people are so selfish and stupid that they can't see the harm and pain they are causing these precious gifts from God. :mad:
All children deserve a caring, loving home and its just not fair that they can't all have that.
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Old 08-15-2002, 10:32 AM
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Totally Agree!

I completely agree with you. They are the most precious gift from God and are totally dependent on us to teach them to live right and raise them with love and happiness. Yes, there are times it's not all roses in life. But it's up to us to do the best we can, parent or not.

We happen to be fostering a three month old puppy right now. But I think she's staying. Her owner tried to strangle her with her leash. I just can't understand how someone can do such horrible things to such poor defenseless children and animals. I mean ... what kind of feeling do they get from that? It can't be good. They don't accomplish anything. I just don't get it. Our permanent dog was the same age when we got her and she had been beaten and abandoned. She truly shows the signs of abuse while this foster puppy is doing pretty well considering.

I love them dearly. I just can't imagine how much it would hurt to be where you are with these children. It's just so heartbreaking.

Ok, enough venting for now. I need to go play with these two rambunctious girls. They are waiting for me to go play with them in the yard.

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Old 08-24-2002, 09:01 AM
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Hi. I am a birthmom, too. So this question is kind of weird. I feel like I ought to know but I haven't a clue. My brother and his wife want to adopt. The big question is where do you start. What are the biggest pitfalls and what is the best way to avoid them?Thanks for any and all help you can give.
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Hello everyone. Im in Arizona and we want to adopt badly. I have an 8 year old son from a previous marriage, but my soon to be husband (april 3, 2004) had cancer-radiation at 13 years old and cant have kids. We'd like to adopt two older children (ages 2-6) from the state.

Can anyone tell me... where do I start? We've serached the net to no avail.

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Old 07-18-2003, 06:49 PM
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Hi ladies. Here are several links to adoption sites that will help you and your families get started in the right direction with adoption. You also want to look for adoption services in the phone book for your area. Lutheran, Catholic, and Social Services are the ones I would recommend. But here is where you can start to learn about the process ...

National Adoption Center:
http://www.adopt.org/

Adoption Services Worldwide:
http://www.babyasw.com/

Special Needs Adoption Network (Milwaukee, WI):
http://www.wiadopt.org/

US Department of Health and Social Services;
Administration for Children & Families;
The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse:
http://www.calib.com/naic/

Adoption.com:
http://www.adoption.com/

Okay. That's enough to start you all out with. God bless and good luck!

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Thank you so much for this information!
This is great!
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Hi,
I have a niece who just found out that she is pregnant. She wants to put the baby up for adoption.
And I have a friend who wants to adopt a baby.
Does any one have any idea how they go about what to do? My niece said she would be okay with my friend adopting her baby but has no clue who she should talk to.
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I see your post was 2002, hope all has gone well. I am mother of 4 thru adoption 9, 7, 5, 7 weeks. Adoption has been a blessing for me My 2 older daughter 9&7 were born in Romania, my son 5 and youngest daughter were born in the United States. I wish you the best of luck. The children are our future and they all deserve safe, happy homes where they can be loved. Suzanne
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