Setting Healthy Boundaries Between Birth and Foster Families


Boundaries are essential in any kind of relationship—between parents and children, friends, employers and employees, and certainly between foster families and birth families. Simply stated, a boundary is anything that separates two things. For the purposes of communication and relationships, setting healthy boundaries means talking about what is and is not okay. Taking the time to put reasonable and healthy boundaries in place can mean more open communications between foster and birth families—as well as clearer expectations for everyone.


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Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Additional Author: Foster Care & Adoption Resource Center
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