Self Care for Foster Parents Being a Foster Parent can be a very rewarding- and very difficult- experience. It is essential, for the sake of your family, and your own sanity, to practice options for self care.
Here are some suggestions:
- Set realistic expectations on yourself and others. - Look to other foster parents, friends and family who can offer emotional support when you need it (and you will!). - Take a break. Ask for and receive assistance from approved respite caregivers or licensed drop-in day care centers. - Enjoy "me time" without kids. Take a walk, meet with friends, get a manicure, read a book, or just do nothing for a change. - Eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of rest.
If you are a foster parent, or are considering becoming one, please contact for more information on counseling services that may assist your family.
If you are a CSD case worker in need of a therapist who is experienced with therapeutic services to the foster care community, bio-family counseling (formerly therapeutic visitation), reunification, permanency planning, disclosure / CFT meetings and court (progress / Katie-A) reports, please contact for help with your caseload.
Melinda Haynes, MA, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist California lic. no. 102308 Serving Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley The persons depicted on this site are models. Photos do not represent or guarantee results.