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Transition by John E. Stack

If you have read very many of my blogs, you would know that my wife and I are foster parents.  We work with medical critical babies. We care for them, help them feel safe, and try to help them get … Continue reading →...
by Second Wind Publishing on Dec 14, 2016

The Waiting Game by John E. Stack

Back in January, I posted a writing about having to say goodbye to “Bill,” the baby boy who is now a toddler that we have in foster care.  Bill came into our lives when he was two months of age.  … Continue reading →...
by Second Wind Publishing on Jun 14, 2016

Let’s Make It About the Children by John E. Stack

Mary likes to party. Mary likes to smoke. Mary likes alcohol and consumes several drinks a day. Mary likes anything for a buzz. She will take illegal drugs. She will take prescription drugs. It doesn’t matter the combination, as long … Contin...
by Second Wind Publishing on Sep 14, 2015

Our Annual ADHD and RAD Kid Summer Planner:

Welcome to Our Annual ADHD and RAD Kid Summer Planner, otherwise known as: "Why I Didn't Lose My Mind While My Kid's were on Summer Vacation" by Foster Parent RescueBy John and Diane(First appeared on our blog 5/8/12) We are only a few short weeks aw...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 22, 2015

Bittersweet 2

Back in January I published a blog post called “Bittersweet”, about foster care and the pains of separation. This is a continuation of that story. Mary’s new mom and dad were selected officially in January and it wasn’t long before … Co...
by Second Wind Publishing on Apr 14, 2015

Bittersweet by John E. Stack

Have you ever had someone move away, a child grow-up and go away to college or lost a loved one? I have and it is tough. No matter the circumstances, you go through a grieving process which ultimately tells you … Continue reading →...
by Second Wind Publishing on Jan 14, 2015

Blending Your Foster Kids and Your Bio Kids: Part 3 When Jealousy Rears Its Ugly Head…

By John and Diane When I first started doing foster care I knew it would be a growing and learning experience for my whole family. If you read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, you can see that the growing has been painful at times, but there have been c...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Nov 17, 2014

Into the Fold: Blending Your Bio Kids with Your Foster Kids - Part 2: Rooms to Grow…

by John and DianeI asked my daughter to write down her thoughts on growing up in a home with foster children and I thought that her advice and insights would be very valuable to new (and experienced) foster parents out there. I feel that foster pare...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Nov 10, 2014

Into the Fold: The Effect on Your Bio Kids When Foster Kids Come Home: Part 1.

 by John and DianeBecoming a foster parent when you already have children of your own is a big decision, and one that is sometimes made with well-intentioned naïveté. At least, it was in my case.Ten years ago, I led my family, (2 daughters an...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Nov 3, 2014

Ever Considered Fostering?

    In today’s society, it’s easy for people to be absorbed in their own busy lives and forget or disregard the looming social issues that continue to grow every day. The figures speak for themselves: as of March 2013, there were 50,900...
by Larger Family Life on Jan 21, 2014

How to Determine if Fostering is for You

    Fostering may be a temporary arrangement, but the experience will have a permanent effect on the child involved in such care, so they need the best, most dedicated and unconditional care and support available. It’s a huge decision and...
by Larger Family Life on Sep 3, 2013

Taking Control of Tantrums: Tips for Working with ADD, RAD and "Average" Kids

Tantrums are something all parents have to deal with, whether they are your own bio. kids, or foster or adopted children. Kids with behavioral or psychological issues of course add an additional complexity to dealing with anger issues, and require so...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 17, 2013

Respite Care for Foster Kids: Preparing to Do It or Receive It (Yes, Even for RAD kids!)

by John Recently we got heard from a friend of ours who was going to be doing some respite care for a foster child who had a RAD diagnosis.  This was the first time she and her husband were going to be doing respite, and she had some questions...
by Foster Parent Rescue on May 3, 2013

Putting Together Your Support Team: Picking A Good Counselor

 by John Those of us who work with troubled kids, either within the foster care system, or privately, know just how important it is to have a good support team.  Finding a therapist or counselor is vital and, just like finding the right...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Apr 29, 2013

Easter with My Foster Peeps: War, Peace, Enlightenment and Traditions

Hi friends, We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter, and share a post from last year for those of you who are new to our blog. We hope it brings a smile to your face...  by John Easter started with a bang. The boys were fighting. One o...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Mar 26, 2013

Advocating for your Kids: Part 1. With Doctors and Counselors

By John. We often get emails here from parents who have trouble communicating the needs of their children or foster kids to doctors, counselors or teachers.  Let’s face it, no one knows your kids better than you do, so you have to be clear...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Mar 4, 2013

Dealing with Sexualized Behavior in Foster Kids Part 1.

by John and Diane.  As a foster dad, I have dealt with a lot of sexual behaviors with children.  It is a confusing and frightening development for some foster families…one they are often not totally prepared to deal with, so I often...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Jan 14, 2013

FPR Q&A Holiday Edition: How Do I Talk to My RAD Kids About Santa?

--> By John and Diane. Talking to your kids about Santa is tricky but how do you deal with it when you already are dealing with children with trust disorders and to whom lying is a real setback?  Kids with attachment disorde...
by Foster Parent Rescue on Dec 21, 2012

Is Your Foster Child SAD?: Identifying Seasonal Affect Disorder

By John and Diane. It might be hard to tell with your foster kids, but at this time of the year if they are especially anxious, grumpy, sleepy and have difficulty concentrating they might be suffering from symptoms of SAD: seasonal affect disorder.
by Foster Parent Rescue on Nov 12, 2012

Can Certain Foods Be Mood Enhancers?

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by Foster Parent Rescue on Oct 29, 2012


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