Co-Parenting or Shared Parenting.
Stevens, Phyllis J.
Published: Winter 2018
, No. 2 , p. 14-15
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
This article discusses shared parenting, a practice in which foster parents cultivate positive, supportive relationships with birth parents. The advantages of shared parenting are described, as well as potential challenges introduced by shared parenting. Tips for avoiding the challenges are provided and include keeping journals on the activities of children and sharing them with the birth family, facilitating phone calls between the child and the birth family, providing transportation for visits, and allowing family interactions to take place in the resource family home.
shared family care; birth parents; foster children; foster parents; family reunification; barriers