Six Things Foster Care Has Helped Me Learn About Teaching

Some experiences in life teach us more than a lifetime of other experiences. We may thing we have seen it all and are prepared for anything, but then a new experience gives us a new set of eyes and education. This teacher learned a lot more about teaching when she became a foster parent.

Six Things Foster Care Has Helped Me Learn About Teaching

I’ve been a teacher for a long time.  I’ve been a foster parent for a shorter time (though on many days it’s hard for me to remember my life before foster care).  While professional development certainly has its place, some of my biggest lessons as a teacher come from living with my eyes open.  And if there’s one thing that foster care does, it’s open eyes.  Here are a few ways I’ve grown as a teacher because of my experience as a foster mom.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on

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