Working with Birth Parents: The Impact of Faith, Prayer and Forgiveness.
Published: July-August 2016
Fostering Families Today
Vol. 16, No. 3 , p. 44-45
Fostering Media Connections
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This article explains praying for the birth parents of a foster child is one important area of foster care that foster parents need to do on a regular basis. It discusses the strength of forgiveness and other ways to help birth parents, including inviting them to worship, allowing phone calls between the foster child and the birth parents, using Skype to allow face to face communication, inviting birth parents to school events and extracurricular activities, sending school progress reports, asking birth parents to help with birthday plans for the child, and supporting reunification.
foster children; foster parents; birth parents; religion; parent engagement; parent child relationships; communication; family reunification