What impact does bringing a new child into your home have on the kids already there? What can parents do to make that transition smoother, both for the foster children and for their permanent children? In this course, we talk with Dr. Mandy Howard, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University and affiliate of the TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and Dr. Eshele Williams, a psychotherapist and a licensed marriage, family and child therapist who is also on the Board of Directors of the National Foster Parent Association, about how to create successful blended families.

This course covers the following topics:

  • What are some positive impacts on children in the family when their parents are foster parents?
  • What are some of the potential negative issues that children in the home face when their parents foster?
  • How can parents best handle the issue of inequality in expectations and discipline between foster children and children already in the family?
  • Do children already in the family pick up bad habits from foster children?
  • What are some issues to consider when disrupting birth order through fostering?
  • How does the number of children in one placement impact the adjustment?
  • How much time should be between placements?
  • How can parents integrate foster children into the family as painlessly as possible to form a supportive and cohesive family for all the children in their home?
  • How can parents  prepare the children in the family for the realities of fostering?
  • What should parents do if a child in the family does not want to foster?


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