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 September 19, 2019 by
Every child in foster care has a trauma history. As a result of trauma, especially when it occurs over time, children develop coping mechanisms. When a foster child joins your family, they may bring these survival behaviors with them even though your home is safe. As a parent, you have the opportunity to provide a safe environment in which your child can heal.
Posted on September 3, 2019 by
As the new school year progresses there may be some bumps in the road for your foster child. Here are some tips to help them get back on track.
Posted on August 14, 2019 by
Please remember everything is new to me here. I may not want to keep asking you questions. So, try to remember to show me how things work in your family.
Posted on August 3, 2019 by
Understanding why older youth in care are so insistent about their need to be independent is important. It helps us see things from their perspective.
Posted on July 15, 2019 by
Your foster child may sometimes say things that confuse you. But, as you get to know them, some of the things they say will make more sense to you.
Posted on May 30, 2019 by
Everything is new to me. When I first join your family, I need to learn so many new things. Make a point of letting me know how things work in your house.
Posted on May 23, 2019 by
There is no simple answer to this question. Every family’s situation is unique. But there are some things to consider as you move toward making a decision.
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.