The internet can sometimes come with its horrors but one benefit is that we can easily connect with the voices of former foster kids. They can tell us what helped them and what didn't. Of course, not every tip or story from former foster youth is exactly applicable to our situation, but we still can and should listen.
Reddit is a great source of some of these stories. A former foster youth posted her 6 tips for foster parents last year that seemed to resonate with many.
The post includes several tips I've heard echoed by other former foster youth. Her tips are: (1) Provide free and open access to food. (2) Don't put down bio family members. (3) Don't use physical violence (hopefully this is a no-brainer). (4) Don't give bio kids preferential treatment (also, hopefully a no-brainer). (5) Don't push your religion on your foster kids. (6) Recognize each kid is different.
These are great reminders for all foster parents! Read through the full post below for some really helpful intel.
Thanks to this Reddit poster for this advice.
I'm a foster mom, bio mom, working mom, special needs mom, busy mom. I'm also married to my high school sweetheart, I'm a proud 23-year childhood cancer survivor, and I'm passionate about serving my community.
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