Friday May 19, 2023

Dr. John DeGarmo: Fostering Challenges and Maintaining a Healthy Family Function | All Together #24

Delving into the world of fostering, it is crucial to discuss about what it means to be a foster family, the responsibilities involved, and the impact on family functioning. This includes exploring the challenges that families may encounter when deciding to become foster parents and addressing strategies to manage relationship strain caused by fostering.

In this episode of All Together, host Dina Sargeant was joined by Dr. John DeGarmo, a leading foster care expert and Director of The Foster Care Institute. He is an international parenting and foster care expert who has been working as international consultant to legal firms and foster care agencies. He and his wife have been foster-parents to over 60 children, who have come through their home.

This episode is started by defining fostering and exploring the role of foster families in providing temporary care and support for children in need. They highlighted the importance of open communication within the family unit and discuss the topics to consider before becoming foster parents. Not least, Dr. John also provided strategies and practical tips for managing relationship strain within the family unit caused by fostering, and to cultivate a functional foster family environment.

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