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6 Ways Being a Foster Parent Affects Your Taxes

March 31, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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Being a foster parent is a selfless act that can have a profound impact on the life of a child in need. However, it's important to understand the tax implications of being a foster parent, as it can have an impact on your finances.

We’ve created an overview of how being a foster parent can affect your taxes. For example, you may be eligible for tax credits and deductions. These can help offset some of the expenses you incur while caring for a foster child.

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How Social Workers in Foster Care Break Barriers

March 13, 2023 / by Victor Staff

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March is Social Worker Appreciation Month, a time we honor and recognize the important role that social workers play in our society, and specifically, the Foster Care System. Social workers are crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of children in need. For some children in foster care, their social worker is the most consistent presence they’ll have throughout their adolescence. It’s a great privilege and responsibility that social workers feel called to.

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How We Can Improve Racial Disparities in California Foster Care

February 22, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in community outreach, foster care

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February is a time to celebrate Black History by highlighting black pioneers, the beauty of Black Culture, and take note of the progress forward in equality and civil rights. It’s also a time to reflect on our country. While we can acknowledge what we have to be thankful for, we can also look to where we can continue to improve in terms of racial and systemic issues. For us, that’s looking at how we can improve in Foster Care.

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Top Reasons to Become a Foster Parent

January 25, 2023 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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Becoming a foster parent is a big decision, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. As a foster parent, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child's life, and in turn, your own. Discover the top reasons for becoming a foster parent – we hope they inspire you to consider helping a foster child.

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How to Make the Holidays Special for Foster Children

December 20, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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For those involved in foster care, the holiday season is a little complicated, but also full of hope. Foster families have children to take care of, which includes seasonal activities, shopping, and prepping for baking and meals. Nonprofits and other organizations support foster children during this time through charitable donations. Foster agencies operate no matter the holiday since the need for services doesn’t stop for Christmas.

For foster children, it’s hard to predict what this time of year will bring them. 

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National Adoption Month: Small Steps Open Doors

November 23, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and this year's focus is on increasing awareness for teens in foster care and their need for permanency. We can take small steps in the right direction to create opportunities for teens to be adopted and connected to a stable support system. This increases their chances of improved overall health, well-being, and self-sufficiency.

When we engage with our foster teens, we learn more about who they are and how we can help them grow and thrive. The path to supporting them starts with trust. Building those relationships happens one conversation at a time.

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Q&A: How Much Does it Cost to Become a Foster Parent?

November 21, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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We complete our two-part exploration into money and foster care by covering the costs of becoming and being a foster parent, also known as a resource parent. If you want to know how much money foster parents receive, be sure to check out our last blog Q&A: How Much Do Foster Parents Get Paid?

Once again, we sat down with one of our most experienced social workers and asked questions about the cost of being a foster parent.

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Q&A: How Much Do Foster Parents Get Paid?

October 11, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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The number one online search regarding foster parenting is “How much do foster parents make?”

While we may think that should be the last priority when deciding to become a foster parent, we also understand that people have questions and want to make informed decisions about becoming a resource parent and if it will be a good fit for them. This includes considering the financial aspects.

To answer this popular question, we asked one of our most experienced social workers to break down how much foster parents make in California and the stipend rate structure.

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How to Support your Foster Child in School

August 16, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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School has started again in California and you’re a foster parent who wants the best for your child! You’ve probably budgeted for new school supplies, got a cool lunch pail, and for your foster teens, maybe a school shopping trip for some new clothes. You’re also aware that school for your foster child may look different than their peers and want to know how you can support them.

There are a few different aspects to the educational experience for foster children. The nuances vary depending on needs in academics vs behavior and age. You should also be aware of what your rights are when it comes to decision making. There are a couple policies like IDEA and ESSA that dictate your rights and what services may be available to your foster student. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to your social worker with at your foster agency.

What happens day to day in the classroom is also important. Certain assignments, language, and dynamics can all uniquely affect your child due to their foster status. We’ll go over all these aspects so you can have an overview of how to best support your foster child in their education!

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How Long Does It Take to Become a Foster Parent?

August 03, 2022 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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We are so excited you’re thinking of becoming a resource parent, also known as a foster parent, for a child in need! It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do with your time, home, and love. But we also understand it’s a process to become one and you have questions about how long it takes to become a foster parent.

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