Foster Parent Support

Research has shown that when foster children live in nurturing homes and receive the services they need, there is a much better chance of them succeeding in life. Through Bloom’s Foster Parenting program, we provide a balance of service and support, while advocating for foster children and families using a family-centric approach.

QUARTERLY SOCIAL EVENTS:

Bloom hosts quarterly date nights and social events such as pancake breakfasts and pizza parties. Events are either family-friendly, or childcare is provided.

FOSTER FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY:

Each year, Bloom hosts a Christmas celebration for the foster families and children in our program. In addition to providing a direct, tangible way for Bloom to bring joy and excitement to children living in foster care, the party sets the stage for special memories to be made and family bonds to be strengthened. At the party, Bloom foster children feel accepted and loved as they celebrate the holidays surrounded by the people who care about them.

ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNIC:

In conjunction with National Foster Care month, Bloom hosts an annual Foster Family Appreciation Picnic for the foster families and children in our program. At Bloom, foster parents are our heroes. The annual appreciation picnic provides a way for the community to appreciate and celebrate Bloom’s fabulous foster families and the children in their care.

ON-SITE RESOURCE LIBRARY:

The Bloom Foster Parent Resource Library contains an assortment of books and DVD’s available for Bloom Foster Parents to check out.

 

Example topics and areas of interest:

  • Troublesome areas such as tantrums, bed-wetting, picky eating, sibling rivalry, ADHD, trauma and loss, infant sleep.
  • Books and DVD’s to help you be the best Foster Parent possible including topics like: self-care, effective parenting strategies, fun and brain-boosting activities to do with children, and understanding the teenage brain.
  • Children’s books for all ages available on topics such as: bullying, making friends, grief and loss, changing families, stress and anxiety, and many more.

THE BLOOM CLOSET:

At The Bloom Closet, we provide FREE essentials to foster children in a fun, boutique-like setting. Foster children receive free clothing, shoes, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, diapers, baby gear, and seasonal items. All shopping is done by appointment. To learn more about The Bloom Closet, please click here.

WELCOME BASKETS & NEW PLACEMENT DINNERS:

A welcome basket is given to each Bloom foster family upon approval, and “Welcome Home” dinner is provided when a foster family receives their first placement.

MONTHLY FOOD BASKETS:

In partnership with the Midwest Food Bank, Bloom provides food baskets to our foster families each month. The baskets contain a mixture of non-perishable items such as canned goods, snacks, and drinks.

For questions regarding any of our current Bloom Foster Parent support programs, please contact Hannah Bruce, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, at 770-460-6652 ext. 314.