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...

Fran, a foster mom

“Fran” is a 30-something foster mom who has been a non-kin foster parent for a year and a half at the time she shared her experiences. She has fostered four children, and has one biological child. She and her spouse both work full-time in addition to...

Tina, a foster mom

“Tina” wrote with concerns about how to protect children, from the perspective of a foster parent.  She and her partner sought to be adoptive parents ultimately and were only supposed to receive foster placements that were “high prospect” for adoption, meaning there...