If I am a Foster Parent, What Can I do to Help the Child in My Care?

It is very important to remember that children are resilient and can flourish in a sensitive, stimulating environment. There are a lot of things that you can do to help the child in your life.

1. Follow-up on the child's medical and educational needs by: 2. Provide a safe and secure emotional environment by: 3. Get to know the child in your care and help identify his/her strengths and areas of need with regard to development and behavior. This information will be extremely important to the other professionals in the child's life and will allow them to make the best possible decisions about how to care for the child. For more information on child development and developmental delay, see How children develop.

4. Help the child in your care access services provided by local agencies and programs. Children with developmental and/or behavioral difficulties benefit from participating in early intervention programs or activities that focus on learning. For example, early intervention programs work with the child to address his/her developmental strengths and areas of need. Also, many preschools or Head Start programs offer activities that focus on helping children learn new developmental skills in preparation for kindergarten. Playing and learning in this environment can provide children with an extra boost to help them learn new skills. See Resources for more information.

5. Take care of yourself. Being a foster parent can be very rewarding and tiring at the same time. As a result, it is important for foster parents take care of themselves by:

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