Kimberly, an adoptive foster mom

“Kimberly” is a middle-aged foster parent with ten years of experience. She has had five (non-kin) foster children. She worked as a nurse while fostering, and her husband worked as a police officer. She self-described as middle class, and at the time, she and her...

Maria, a foster mom

“Maria” is a foster parent in her forties. She and her husband have one biological child, and kinship cared for their nephew for the past 11 years. With their combined income, they have a very comfortable family income. They began fostering him when a family crisis...

Elise, a foster mom

“Elise” is a 40-something, middle upper-class, foster mom. She has been non-kin fostering for 3 years and has cared for 5 different foster children so far and has two children of her own. She and her husband decided to foster because they felt “very...