"You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent" a Message from AdoptUSKids

August 14, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in blog promotion, foster care

0 Comments

 

Any parent will tell you that they aren't perfect. Whether you have your own biological children or decide to foster or adopt, you will experience the many challenges of parenting and quickly realize there is no such thing as perfect. We all try to keep learning, and grow into the best parents that we can be, but none of us get it right 100% of the time.

For those considering fostering or adopting a child, there are a lot of questions and many concerns. Many people may not think they qualify to foster or adopt and don't feel ready. There are a surprising amount of misconceptions about what is required to be approved for foster care. You don't have to be rich, you don't have to be married, you don't have to own a home, you don't have to be "perfect" to help give a child a good home.

Read More

Finding Foster Parents: Tales from a Resource Family Recruiter

July 25, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

0 Comments

An important part of being an outstanding foster agency is finding the right resource families to connect these amazing kids with. The need for foster parents always outweighs the availability, so it’s a constant search to reach out to new people, educate them and prepare them for the role of foster parent. Evelyn Alarcon is our Resource Family Recruiter and she is always out in the community, networking and meeting people at events to tell them about what we do and why they should consider fostering through Victor.

Evelyn meets people with a variety of ideas about foster care. Some already know a little about fostering or have even considered it, while others may have never even though of it as an option. There are a lot of misconceptions about fostering and Evelyn tries to give people a more informed view of what fostering is all about. We asked Evelyn about her experience talking to potential foster parents, below are some key takeaways.

Read More

Adopting from Foster Care

July 18, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

0 Comments

When most people think of adoption, they think of the adoption of a newborn baby. While that represents some portion of the adoption spectrum, the reality is that there are more opportunities to adopt or foster older children. Many potential adoptive parents start off with an adoption only mindset, but there are other ways to go about adopting that you may not know about. We are going to focus on the Foster-to-Adopt option and some of the benefits of that method.

Read More

Chafee Foster Care Independence Act - 20 Years Later

June 19, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in News, foster care

0 Comments

20 years ago, Senators John H. Chafee and Jay Rockefeller put partisan politics aside to introduce legislation that expanded support for youth who were aging out of foster care. This included resources for independent living as well as transition services. They worked to give a voice to older youth in foster care, which helped shed light on the issue and put a human face on the legislation which helped get it passed. 

There are a unique set of challenges in foster care for older youth. As they approach legal adulthood the options for support and services often diminish. However, as many of you know, our children need support well into adulthood. It doesn't happen overnight and no 18 year old becomes a self sufficient adult without some guidance.

Last week, the Senate reviewed the 20 year history of the Chafee Act and it's effect on better outcomes for youth in foster care. They also discussed further support to make it better.

Read More

Sesame Street Introduces a Character in Foster Care

May 23, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in News, foster care

0 Comments

Since it's beginning in 1969, Sesame Street has taken on complex and emotional social issues and explained them in a simple way that children can relate to. With the introduction of a character in foster care named Karli, they explain the basic idea of foster care and address how those children may be feeling. The timing seems appropriate being that May is National Foster Care Month, a great time to spread awareness and understanding about what foster care is and the vital role it plays in the lives of so many young people.

Many young children do not understand what foster care is. What does it mean? Why would a child be in this situation? Where are their parents? Sesame Street introduces the concept and explains it in a simple, relatable way for kids, using the term "for now parents" as a synonym for foster parents.

 

Read More

May is National Foster Care Month!

May 10, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in News, foster care

0 Comments

The Children's Bureau, within the US Department of Health and Human Services sponsors National Foster Care Month every year. This year their theme focuses on the role of foster care as a support service to families in overcoming obstacles with the goal of reunification. When possible, successful reunification can be the best outcome for children in foster care, in terms of their long-term well-being. 

The Children's Bureau has pulled together a selection of real-life foster care success stories as well as resources and information on their National Foster Care Month web page. We encourage you to take a look and share these resources. There are ways to get involved in supporting children and youth in foster care, even if you're not ready to be a foster parent. 

Read More

Why Foster Families Choose Victor [video]

April 17, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

0 Comments

Some of our amazing Victor Resource Families recently sat down with us to talk about their experience. These foster parents share some of the joys and challenges of fostering. At Victor, we do our best to educate and prepare resource families for the fostering and adoption processes. There are a lot of great reasons to get involved with fostering, if you're interested in becoming what we call a "Resource Family" click here to find out more.

"Follow your heart, but be prepared to do the hardest thing you've ever done, but the most rewarding"

Read More

Challenges in Foster Care for Older Youth

March 22, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

0 Comments

For youth 14 and older in foster care the risks for struggling in school, entering the criminal justice system and potential homelessness later in life increase. So what are the factors in this increased risk and where are the opportunities to help older youth be successful in foster care and into adulthood?

Maine Public Radio recently hosted a panel interview where this was the subject and offered great insight into this issue. They dig into the challenges of older youth in foster care and also discuss how to improve outcomes.

Read More

Opioid Crisis is Fueling the Growing Need for Foster Families

March 21, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in family services

0 Comments

The number of children in foster care has been steadily growing for that past 5 years. In the 2 years from FY 2015 to FY 2017 there was an increase of 15,595 children. The Department of Health and Human Services won't likely have the FY 2018 numbers for some time, but if the trend continues we could have close to 450,000 children in need of foster care. This challenge coupled with the fact that the opioid epidemic continues to grow, means we need qualified and loving Resource Parents more than ever.

Read More

Foster Families Often Become Adoptive Families

March 05, 2019 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

0 Comments

Some people consider foster parents and adoptive parents to be two entirely different groups, but what we see quite often is foster parents becoming adoptive parents, whether that was the original intention or not. 

Becoming a foster parent is big decision. Opening up your home to a child in need is a great gift, but it's also a significant responsibility. You have to have the space in your home and in your heart to help care for and guide a child. Those who make the decision to become foster parents can make some of the most amazing adoptive parents when the time is right.

The Reyelts family of South Dakota was recently highlighted in an article by the Daily Republic. They exemplify the situation of foster parents that end up adopting, even though that wasn't necessarily the plan...

Read More