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Dr. Holly Maes
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Foster Care (Overview)

Foster care is a temporary home for children who are no longer in their parents custody.


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How can foster care affect personality?

How can foster care affect personality?

Foster care/personal: Kids in foster care often feel unwanted and unloved even though many are in fantastic families who care deeply for them. That rejection and/or abandonment feeling from parental separation is difficult to overcome. On the other hand, some kids in foster care thrive if out of abusive situations where they can finally see and experience love and caring from adults in their lives. ...Read more

Dr. Holly Maes
9 doctors shared insights

Foster Care (Overview)

Foster care is a temporary home for children who are no longer in their parents custody.


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What do you think about foster care in general?

What do you think about foster care in general?

EVERY HOME VARIES: Like in a "natural home", foster homes vary greatly. Most of the people involved in foster care do it for the benefit of the kids, but occassionally you run across a home where there are other motives for having foster kids. Just like bio parents can vary in their love and skill at being a parent, so can foster parents. The big key to a great foster home is open communication - talk things out! ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
once
Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
once
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Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Are kids better off with grandparents than in foster care?

Depends: If the grand parents are capable of providing care, and are willing to do so, then placing a child with relatives is always the legal systems first priority. ...Read more

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How long for the people from foster care to check after a report?

How long for the people from foster care to check after a report?

Varies: That answer varies state to state, even city to city. It depends on who the reporter is (doctors, hospitals etc.. Get priority if they report something), depends on the severity of the incident, depends on the vulnerability of the person involved. If you are ever concerned someone is in imminent danger, it is actually advised to call police as well because they can go immediately and check. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
daily
Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
daily
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Do kids in foster care finish school?

SUre they can!: Kids in foster care can do anything they want to do. It may take a bit more planning and they need to be moe aware of all the help available to them through their school district and the community. I've cared for foster kids who have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, teachers. It may be a little bit more challenging, but ask the help of school guidance counselor to help you through! ...Read more

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What happends if you run away from foster care?

Why r u running?: If you are running to get away from a dangerous situation or person, you should go to the police or your case worker. If you are running away to get into trouble, drugs, gangs etc, you can get put into a group home or juvenile detention. Please let someone know if you need help in foster home - you may not be the only one in danger and could help save another kid. Call police, tell trusted adult. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is adult foster care the same as a group home?

Hello docs, is adult foster care the same as a group home?

No: Adult foster care means the adult is being cared for in the home of a family trained to meet his or her needs. A group home is a semi independent living situation in which a number of people live together with caregivers facilitating the tasks they cannot manage themselves and providing coaching for life skills while encouraging as much independence as each person can handle. Kind of like roommates with a safety net ...Read more

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Why do teachers treat you differently if you live in foster care?

FOSTER CARE: Kids raised in foster care are disciplined by mentors. Sometimes they are misbehaved due to lack of parental guidance. So they are treated differently. ...Read more