Teens. It’s often one of the big scary words in the foster care world, so the fact that you’re here reading this means a lot! It means you’re open and willing to learning more. Whether you’re ready right now to jump in, you want to support someone who is, or you’re just interested in better understanding the needs of teens in foster care, we’re thankful you are here.
The truth is, we need more people like you. We need more people to bring awareness of teens in foster care. We need people like you who are willing to commit to parenting teens, temporarily or forever. We need people to walk alongside foster parents who have welcomed in teens as they navigate this really hard journey.
So no matter why you’re here, in this place, checking out these resources, we want to help equip you. Know that your choice to be here matters, and you are needed in this space!
Opening your home to teenagers in foster care can feel scary. Not knowing what they’ve been through or how they will impact your family can stop you from stepping forward. Today’s guest, Colleen Smith, shares her passion for teens and helps us think practically about how to show them they are loved. If you have a teenager in your life or are considering welcoming one in, this is a must!
Let’s talk about the teen years. Our little people grow into young adults, and with that comes new challenges and joys. We each have our thoughts about teens in general. Add in foster care to the mix, and the thought of fostering teens can bring out our deepest fears. Why? Maybe it’s because we don’t have all the facts, or perhaps what we thought were facts are wrong. We’re tackling the misconceptions today.
As a teen in foster care, Bri struggles with going from a caregiver to being a child in care. This is often the case with teens in care—all they’ve known is responsibility for themselves, their siblings, and sometimes even their parent. They find different ways of survival—but certainly not what a typical fourteen-year-old would be thinking about.
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