Vol. 3, No. 1 Fall 1998
Kinship Foster Families Face Major Changes
Foster care can be a world of transitions. Foster kids face many changes, including coming into DSS custody for the first time, getting a new social worker or GAL, and moving from one foster home or group home to another. With every move, kids must face being away from family, friends, pets, and other things they've learned to depend on. They must also adjust to their new environment.
Although they don't move around so much, foster parents face a lot of transitions, too. A sampling of common changes include: helping your family adjust when a new child moves into your home, coping with the logistics and powerful emotions provoked by the beginning and ending of placements, and getting a new social worker.
In this issue of Fostering Perspectives you will find articles that talk about some of these changes and present strategies for making the most out of foster care transitions.
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