Foster care should be a support for families, not a substitute for parents. Shared parenting can help us make this vision of foster care a reality. In shared parenting, resource parents cultivate positive, supportive relationships with birth parents, giving them more opportunities to strengthen their ability to care safely for their children, reducing the trauma of separation, and increasing the likelihood of reunification. This issue of Fostering Perspectives explores, celebrates, and promotes shared parenting with articles such as:

This issue also features essays from youth in care, news from FFA-NC (our statewide foster parent association), and profiles of children and youth seeking permanence through adoption. To read this issue, go to

Fostering Perspectives is sponsored by the NC Division of Social Services and produced by the Family and Children’s Resource Program, part of the UNC School of Social Work.

SOURCE: The Family and Children’s Resource Program, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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