Author Archives: Melissa Dombrowski-Boling, Regional Director-Treatment Foster Care

Why Divorce Is Essential For Foster Parents

Original post from ryanabilello.com My wife, Andrea, and I were together for almost four years before we got married. It took me about three years to realize I wanted to marry her. Andrea only needed about three months. She’s a pretty patient woman. The biggest hurdle for me was believing I was ready to commit to a life long journey … Continue

Need for Foster Parents Is Staggering

May is recognized as national Foster Care Month. The need for individuals and couples to become foster parents is truly staggering. Miriam Webster defines the word “foster” as “affording, receiving, or sharing nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties.” Foster care is intended to provide a temporary living arrangement for children who have been removed … Continue

Safe Sleeping Advice from an EMT, Foster Parent

My name is Melanie Paolo. I have been a foster parent for three years, have adopted three beautiful children and am working on adopting our fourth. Being a foster/adoptive parent has given me a whole different appreciation for being a mom. I’ve felt pain I’ve never felt before. I’ve had many sleepless nights full of fear and uncertainty. I have … Continue

As Foster Parents, it’s Important to Maintain Biological Family Ties

Connecting with parents and families of the children in your care can be challenging at times but we all know how important it is for the children. My partner and I have actually had a wonderful experience and have built a strong relationship with one parent and grandparent, despite being warned that boundaries had not been respected in the past. … Continue

So … I’ve Been Thinking … About Foster Care and Adoption

I had the opportunity to attend a foster/adoptive parent orientation and informational session recently. It was truly inspirational on so many levels. I met a room full of people who took time out of their busy schedules to come and learn more about foster care, the licensing process and have their many questions answered. I also had the opportunity to … Continue

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