Welcome to Plummer’s blog. It’s about our work with children, and will focus especially on our foster care program, which finds safe and caring homes for kids who need them. Right now in Massachusetts, there’s a critical shortage of foster families. This blog aims to help people understand more about foster care: how it works, how you can become a foster parent, and what the experience is like from the perspective of both adults and children. It will try to dispel some myths about being a foster parent and offer parenting tips for foster parents or anyone caring for a child. We’ll also interview foster parents and kids in foster care, as well as professionals in the field – caring people who want to help kids get through a tough time in their lives.
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Posted on July 8, 2020 by
I have learned to be much more aware that my beautiful, intelligent son faces challenges every day that have not been part of my life. I hope that awareness will make me more sensitive to his experiences as a young man and to be better at helping him navigate his world. He’ll need more than my unconditional love in order to do that.
Posted on June 24, 2020 by
Yes, we black foster youth know the police very well. Some of us know them more than we’d like to.
But I reckon that a new day is upon us. There is a growing understanding by child welfare leaders that systemic racism has plagued the black community and led to disparities in black children in foster care for decades.
Posted on May 26, 2020 by
You had some questions about foster parenting and we agreed to talk over a cup of coffee soon. Well, the pandemic has put that plan on hold for a while. So, I thought I’d drop you a note.
Posted on May 11, 2020 by
The reality of coronavirus has made things even more difficult for older youth in foster care, as well as those who have recently aged out.
Posted on April 27, 2020 by
Child welfare professionals are asking, “How should we actively pursue reunification goals and help to assure families are safe and stable during this public health emergency?”
Posted on April 9, 2020 by
Everyone’s life has been changed by the coronavirus. Families are spending more time together under difficult circumstances. Our routines have been disrupted. Foster families must cope with all of these challenges while meeting the needs of their foster children during a crisis.
Posted on March 12, 2020 by
“If you’re in the middle of the road and your car breaks down, do you have someone who can come help you? That’s what I think about.”
Posted on March 10, 2020 by
It’s one of the most important things I can do to help my foster child to move safely out of the child welfare system and into a permanent family.
Posted on February 11, 2020 by
It’s the love - for the kids, for the parents, for my peers - that keeps me going.
Posted on January 17, 2020 by
"There are so many ways you can help. Even if you don’t have money to donate or give, you have time.”