5 ways teachers can help students in foster care

One of the reasons that children in foster care can struggle is because they feel different and alone. They are living in a different home with a different family, a different bedroom, and different rules. If they have to change schools, especially in the middle of the school year, they have to get used to…


Foster Care is Love

Foster care can be a scary idea for people and families who are considering becoming foster parents. But it’s even scarier for the kids who make up the foster care system. 450,000+ kids (Over 4200 in South Carolina) that have been abused, neglected, experienced the death of a parent, or something equally horrible. Kids in…


Moon Sand and Foster Care

To you, this might just look like a mess. To me, it tells a story of some of the many things foster care is. All the white powdery stuff is moon sand. A simple combination of corn starch and baby oil that becomes a sand-like substance that keeps kids busy for hours and creates an…


Who are foster kids?

I don’t like to use the term “foster kid.” I try to say “kids in foster care” as much as I can. These children have many labels put on them which often can help them access the resources they need, but “foster kid” isn’t always a helpful label. These are normal kids who have experienced…


Foster Parents are Superheroes

Foster parents are superheroes. They are more like Batman or Ironman and less like Superman or Spiderman. Foster parents don’t have superpowers – They don’t have anything that makes them fundamentally different from anybody else. What they do have is training, support, access to resources, and a knowledge that there is something that needs to…


Being a Foster Parent is Frustrating and So Much More

Google tells me that frustrating means causing someone to feel upset or annoyed, typically as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. Sounds like foster care! From the application process to the actual foster parenting, there are many points at which you feel might upset or annoyed that you can’t change or…


What is Respite Care?

Respite foster care is defined as temporary planned alternative childcare that lasts longer than 72 hours but less than two weeks. A family who does respite foster care is willing and able to care for a child in foster care for a short period of time. One example is emergency respite, where you care for…


Coffee shop owner’s cup runneth over

Michael Bacaro opened a coffee bar and bake shop in downtown Simpsonville, SC for the same reason he chooses to be a foster parent: He saw a need for it. Bacaro and his wife, Roxanne, worked as house parents at a residential care facility for children after graduating from college. Several years later, after leaving…


Being a Foster Father

In The Heroic Path: The Search of the Masculine Heart, John Sowers talks about the moment he became a father for the first time to twin girls. He says, “As I watched the girls that first night, I had two distinct emotions. One: profound joy and Two: buck naked fear.” My wife and I were…


What Foster Care Is and What Foster Care Is Not

Foster care is lots of different things to lots of different people. Depending on your experience or history with foster care, you might think some different things are true or false about the foster care system. Here are some things that I believe foster care is and some things I believe that foster care is…