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We make foster care fascinating by telling the stories of excellent local foster parents, and the village supporting the kids they love.

Real Foster Parents of Colorado Hope Forti

    • Kinder und Familie

We make foster care fascinating by telling the stories of excellent local foster parents, and the village supporting the kids they love.

    Lose the Panic, Keep the Urgency (call for volunteers)

    Lose the Panic, Keep the Urgency (call for volunteers)

    What if you could volunteer two hours a month to support children in a healthy, vibrant foster home?



    Homes for Hope—a new project in Adams County—is teaming up with Foster Together to find and train eight volunteers to bring monthly meals to foster families in the Northglenn/Thornton area, north of Denver, Colorado. (If you want to apply, click here!)



    If you want to bring Foster Neighbors to your area (inside or outside of Colorado), see details and request a proposal here.

    In today’s episode we discuss:


    How emergency foster homes (also known as receiving homes) can help children find an appropriate longterm home.
    The claim that an emergency home model will necessitate additional disruptions for children.
    The importance of keeping brothers and sisters together (in the words of Katie, who is fostering, and likely adopting, four siblings)
    Why and how these foster homes need support from Foster Neighbors.



    From our special project page (click to volunteer):

    These homes provide intensive care as they organize family, medical, and therapeutic appointments, and comfort children through early days of fear and uncertainty. And YOU can support this crucial work, in under two hours a month.



    Where foster families often feel isolated and overwhelmed, YOU can offer a little more mental space and household peace. YOU can be part of the community that says, “It’s worth all the effort to help kids feel safe & loved.”

    Click here to volunteer.

    • 35 Min.
    Sixteen Things a Teenager Wants in a Foster Family

    Sixteen Things a Teenager Wants in a Foster Family

    A boy (I should start saying "young man") we fostered last year just came over for backyard archery and a campfire. As we made lunch, I asked him what he'd want every foster family to know. What makes a great foster home? He gave me a 16-point list, which is a telling view of his life in and out of foster homes.

    If you want to hear more stories like this in 2019, check out our end of year plan and sign up as a monthly donor: fostertogether.co/2018

    • 15 Min.
    What did we do in one year? (and a big thanks-giving on Black Friday)

    What did we do in one year? (and a big thanks-giving on Black Friday)

    Hope explains the success stories of 2018, the plan for 2019, and gives thanks for just a few of the dozens of people who gave (financially and of their energy) to make this year excellent.

    To view testimonials and stats in more detail, go to fostertogether.co/2018.

    If you'd like to consider a year-end gift or join "The Neighborhood" at $600 this year, please email Hope to request a copy of our detailed budget for each 2019 project.

    • 23 Min.
    "Make it Easy for Me to Say Yes": How Foster Parents Set Rules

    "Make it Easy for Me to Say Yes": How Foster Parents Set Rules

    In this second part of my talk with David and Lynn, they tell us how they set clear, kind expectations with each new kid in their home.

    • 26 Min.
    Finding Your Groove as a Foster Parent

    Finding Your Groove as a Foster Parent

    How do you find your niche, your “thing,” your groove, your expertise, as a
    foster parent? David and Lynn spent the past 15 years figuring that out.

    • 32 Min.
    In Memory of Adam

    In Memory of Adam

    I ask them what it's like to go from dog-parents to parents of a teenager overnight. They outline the differences between fostering younger kids and fostering teens, how it works as young professionals with lots of business travel, and (my favorite part), share their only two house rules.

    • 25 Min.

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