When a foster family accepts the placement of a child or children, they are accepting a new member into their family, be it for a day, a week, a month or even a year or longer and during the first week or so it is pretty chaotic. There are pediatrician appointments to attend, court hearings, often times there are changes to schools and daycare facilities, visitations to take the child to, therapies to attend with the child and that's all in addition to your normal every day life. Then there is the relationship building, which is not unlike any other relationship that you take part in. There is usually a "honeymoon" period for a few days or weeks, but then everyone begins to feel more comfortable and the walls start to come down. This is the point at which you often get to truly know who the child really is and what they need from you to feel safe, secure and loved. Unity Foster Ministries tries to attack the chaos for the families by partnering them with one of our many church support teams or team members within our organization to help lift some of the daily burdens so that the families can focus on building these relationships with their new family members. We don't just stop after he first week or two though, we structure services throughout a family's placement period with supports from our partner churches, other partner organizations and from within UFM.