Video: Foster Mom Talks About Working With Birth Parents in Reunifying Families

Annette explains the importance of supporting and encouraging birth parents as they work to bring their children home.

Denalee Chapman May 01, 2016

“Never judge,” says Annette, a foster mom. “Our job is to reunify and build strong families.”  Annette and her family welcome in foster children whose parents are working hard to correct past mistakes and be reunified. As a foster mother, Annette works hand-in-hand with the biological mother to help the kids transition back and forth seamlessly. This includes keeping the family’s regular rules and chores, inviting the biological mother into the foster home for natural visits with her children, and regular communication with the biological mother. Annette hopes that more foster parents will realize that working together with the birth family to provide stability and working towards reunification will bring the ultimate comfort and good to their foster children.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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