Amanda, a natal mom

“Amanda” lost four of her five children to foster care when she was in her late twenties. They experienced kinship, adoption, and institutional placements. Her parental rights were terminated after 20 months. At the time she shared her story, she was a student; but at...

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...

Betty, a natal mom

“Betty” shares her story from an unusual perspective compared to many of the parents whose children are placed in foster care. Although her family tried to make ends meet on a very low budget (less than $30k/year), which she characterized as working class, Betty is...

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...