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Happy(ish) Thankgiving as Foster Parents

Jake's Kids Happy(ish) Thanksgiving as Foster Parents

Happy(ish) Thankgiving as Foster Parents

By Sometimes MomFollow her on Instagram @sometimes_mom Thinking back to Thanksgiving Eve 2021, I’m traveling with my husband and current foster son (out-of-state-travel letter in tow) to visit my in-laws in New York. I have mixed feelings about Thanksgiving, it has never been my favorite holiday. The traditional meal relies far too heavily on vegetables for my liking. Plus, I’ve spent my entire adult life working in the retail industry, effectively killing my holiday spirit. But Thanksgiving, specifically, holds a bittersweet place in my heart. Two years ago, on this day, we said goodbye to our first long term foster placement....

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Birthdays & Milestones with our Foster Children

Sometimes Mom Birthdays & Milestones with our Foster Children

Birthdays & Milestones with our Foster Children

By Sometimes MomFollow her on Instagram @sometimes_mom I turned 30 this month, a milestone birthday that I was lucky enough to celebrate with family and friends as well as our foster son. The little guy that’s with us now, marks the tenth foster child I have parented by age 30.  Of those ten foster children, we have been able to celebrate birthdays with 5 of them. And because we never know how long a child will be with us, and because frankly, they deserve it, we always try to make their birthdays extra special. We throw a party for each foster...

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Respite and Relaxation as a Foster Parent

Sometimes Mom Respite and Relaxation as a Foster Parent

Respite and Relaxation as a Foster Parent

By Sometimes MomFollow her on Instagram @sometimes_mom As summer comes to an end, I hope everyone was able to enjoy some R&R. Traditionally, R&R stands for rest and relaxation (or recreation) but for foster parents, the key word is respite. Since finding childcare for a foster child isn’t as easy as just hiring a babysitter, often, other foster parents are called on to provide respite care. Foster parents (at least in Massachusetts) are offered a certain number of hours of respite. Respite might be needed if a foster parent is traveling and can’t take the child with them, they become ill...

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Expanding Your Village as a Foster Parent

Sometimes Mom

Expanding Your Village as a Foster Parent

By Sometimes MomFollow her on Instagram @sometimes_mom Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child. It’s a cliche as old as time and while often used figuratively, it comes from a time when we literally raised our children in villages. The fragmented and often isolating way we raise children today is a far cry from the villages of our ancestors. But there’s one thing our ancestors didn’t have, the internet. More specifically, Instagram.When I started my @sometimes_mom Instagram account, I thought I had a unique story to tell. As I began following tons of other foster moms (and some foster...

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The Foster Parent Paradox

Sometimes Mom The Foster Parent Paradox

The Foster Parent Paradox

By Sometimes Mom@sometimes_mom Recently, I went to the mall in search of a very specific peach-colored romper but as I passed through Target, I was suddenly overcome with the fear that I would run into my former foster children. While many foster parents probably have this fear and some have even experienced it, I still have not figured out how to handle this hypothetical. Though we parted on good terms, their mom did not wish to continue contact with us after reunification. This was a decision that still stings but one which I had to accept. I have not seen...

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