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.
Posted on April 16, 2019 by
More children need available foster parents to help them through a traumatic period than ever before. Foster parents take in children who suffer from emotional scars, physical disabilities, and past trauma. They help children heal.
Posted on March 19, 2019 by
Like many teenagers, I’d like some good stuff for my birthday. Things like a new video game console or clothes. If you ask me, these are the things I’ll say I want. But there are other things I want and need.
Posted on February 25, 2019 by
6:30 AM: I’m up before my foster son, Darren. I like to have my first cup of coffee before starting the day’s adventures with my thirteen-year-old. I’ll need the caffeine to keep up with him.
Posted on January 30, 2019 by
Helping a foster youth stay connected to important people can be complicated, but it’s almost always worth the effort.
Posted on January 23, 2019 by
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? You’re not alone. Many of us contemplate this life-changing question because we care about kids and want what’s best for them.
Posted on December 11, 2018 by
Being a foster parent is a tough job, even in the good times. Hanging in there with a foster child who keeps pushing you away is difficult. How do you keep going?
Posted on December 4, 2018 by
Foster parents have two main goals: reuniting the child with the birth family whenever possible and minimizing trauma that could result from instability.
Posted on November 28, 2018 by
The routine you provide is incredibly important to me. I may never have had the chance to be a regular kid in a family. Before I came to live with you I may have lived in some chaotic places.
Posted on November 21, 2018 by
Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to the many types of children who need foster care. Thank you for respecting your foster children’s ties to their birth parents and for working with birth parents to help their children.
Posted on November 14, 2018 by
Remember that the holidays stir up a lot of emotion for almost everyone. Your foster child may struggle with feelings of guilt and sadness.