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Foster Care and Parenting Specialist

Dr. John DeGarmo is considered a leading expert in Foster Care and Parenting.  Dr. John and his wife have been parents to over 50 children, including adopting three children from the foster care system. He is the host of the weekly radio program Parent Factors with Dr. John. Find out more HERE.

cyberbullying kids
Mariah was a 14 year old foster child who had been in foster care for roughly six months, when she was targeted by a cyberbully at her school.  Mariah suffered from a speech problem, due to the fact that she had not only been abused by her birth family, but severely neglected, as well.   Mariah’s self esteem was very fragile, and she had a difficult time making friends at her new school.  More than anything, the young child in foster care wanted to be liked by her peers at school, and to be loved by her parents.  Her foster parents spent hours after school, laboring in an effort at raising
My wife is a coffee drinker. For years, now, I have been making her a cup of coffee each morning, before she heads out to work.  Many times in the evening, she caps her long, exhausting day with another cup of coffee.  While my wife is Australian, she is like many Americans; she loves a good cup, she often tells me.
The look of online gaming has changed the past several years, and is becoming more and more popular each year.  Indeed, studies indicate that 97 percent of teens in the United States play online games, with 99 percent of boys vs. 94 percent of girls.  To be sure, more and more children are turning to online games for their entertainment.
One of the gifts of having an international marriage is the shared love of travel.  My wife and I met years ago, while traveling the world in the international super group Up With People, and we crossed the globe, performing to audiences in several countries, while at the same time learning about their different customs and beliefs.  Years later, I moved to Australia, where my wife was from, and spend several years there.  Since then, our family has grown with six children, and we have tried to introduce the love of travel to them, as well.
  Music was a very big part of my life growing up as a child.  In fact, I met my wife traveling the world in a song and dance performance group.  Whether it was singing, playing the piano, or studying music later on in college, music helped shape me.  Indeed, it has been something that I can take with me wherever I go, and with what ever I do.
There’s a shortage of good father figures in America, right now.
effects of cyberbullying
Effects of cyberbullying   Because of the breadth of the internet and technology today, bullying has taken on a completely new form, especially for children and young adults. Cyberbullies use technology as a medium to deliver harmful and hurtful words to a target. As adults and parents, it is important to be aware of your child's activity on the internet. This article not only covers information about cyberbullying, but also how to protect children who need it. 
Not everyone can be a foster parent.  I understand that.  It has been the hardest thing I have ever done, while at the same time, the most important and rewarding thing I have done, as well. Yet, everyone can help in some way, and there are ways you can help a child in need.  With roughly 450,000 children in foster care today, there are children who are in need of a helping hand right now.  There is a child, right now, who needs your help.  Let’s look at 10 ways you can help a child in foster care without being a foster parent.
My biological children are a very important part of my foster parenting.  Without them, my wife and I would not have been able to foster the forty plus children that have come through our home.   At one point, we had 11 children living in our home.  As you can imagine, the house can become quite dirty quite quickly!  The amount of laundry, dishes, and general cleaning can be overwhelming in a hurry.  Along with that is the homework, soccer games, marching band practices, piano lessons, and other activities that children are involved with after school.   Furthermore, there are doctor’s appoi
I looked at the clock and groaned a little to myself when I saw that it was 3:30 AM.  I had just arrived back home an hour and a half ago,  2 AM, from a foster parent training seminar I had conducted in bright, sunny California.  The travel back to Georgia, where I live, had been a long one, and I was a little tired.   Yet, our newest foster child, a tiny baby, was crying in the next room, and needed feeding.  He was only four pounds when he came to us, up two pounds from when he was born, ten weeks premature.  When he first arrived at our house late one night in early May, the tiny infant


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