Birth sisters reflect on their life as siblings to foster children

Sisters Nora*, 18, and Sammie*, 16, speak candidly with Foster Calgary about their experiences as biological children in a foster family. FC: Your family has been fostering for seven years now. Tell us about your experiences growing up as foster siblings: what were the challenges you faced and what has been an obstacle to overcome? Nora: One of the biggest challenges was the change in the amount of time Mom and Dad could spend with us. Our first placements were twin babies and they needed a lot ...
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What I Wish I Had Known before Fostering

The name of the foster parent has been changed to respect privacy and confidentiality. Becoming a foster parent is intimidating. You may feel like you aren't prepared to take on a new family member or that you won't be a capable foster parent. Almost all foster parents feel this way at the beginning. We sat down with Natalie to learn about her fostering journey, including why she persevered in the times she felt ill-equipped and what she has learned along the way. 1. You Will Feel Nervous to Fos...
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5 Ways to Prepare your Bio-Kids for Foster Siblings

The name of the foster parent has been changed to respect privacy and confidentiality. Becoming a foster parent is an incredible journey – not just for yourself but your entire family, especially your "bio children". Thinking about how to transition a new person into everyday life at your home can feel exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. While every family is unique, staff and foster parent members of the Calgary and District Foster Parent Association (CFPA) are a huge support in pre...
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