Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, The Forgotten PodcastJan. 28, 2019

My Parents are Foster Parents: Honest Reflections from Teens in a Fostering Family

Teenagers, Brayden and Bristol, along with their mom, Selena Whitley, speak honestly to the joys and struggles of being raised in a family who does foster care. The journey of fostering has allowed Bristol and Brayden to mature as they learn to lean on God.

MEET OUR GUESTS

Brayden (15) and Bristol (13) Whitley were only 5 and 7 when their parents, Selena and Tony became foster parents. Foster care has impacted their family significantly and these two teenagers would have it no other way!  

Connect with the Whitleys: Email

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S SHOW

1. Friendships can last beyond the “Goodbye.”

It is a common fear “What will the goodbye’s do to my forever children?” While goodbyes are some of the most difficult aspects of foster care, it is important to note that these very goodbyes can often be more of a “See ya later” as friendships among siblings (foster and forever) often develop and can be lifelong!

2. Intentionality is essential when times are difficult.

Difficult placements bring challenges to our families, that is for sure. It is important to be intentional with our forever kids and check in often to understand how they are feeling. Sometimes, it is necessary to spend more one-on-one time than usual and ask direct and pointed questions to truly understand the emotional impact the difficult placement is making.

3. Becoming foster parents may be the greatest gift you can give your kids.

Bristol and Brayden said it best!

“While there are hard things that have changed me drastically, the pros outweigh the cons any day.”

Bristol Whitley

“I have no idea where I would be if it weren’t for foster care because of what I’ve learned.” 

Brayden Whitley 

“I’ve made friends, I’ve learned things. I’ve grown. I would very much encourage families to start [fostering] for their kids.”

Bristol Whitley

MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU

LEAVE A REVIEW 

If this podcast has been helpful for you, will you tell others by giving us a rating or leaving us a review?

ASK US A QUESTION OR SHARE AN IDEA

Have you found encouragement from The Forgotten Podcast? Do you have ideas for guests or topics you want to be covered? We love hearing from you! Contact Us.

A WORD FROM YOUR HOST, JAMI KAEB

“My hope is that The Forgotten Podcast will give you empathy and understanding for others and help you feel deeply understood in your joys and in your sorrows because we get you. We are in this with you and we will continue to point you back to Jesus – the ONE who never forgets.

Thank you for being on this journey with us and for sharing this podcast!”

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PODCAST 

iTunes

TRAINING HOURS

Foster Parents, check with your agency to see if listening to this podcast will count toward your foster care training hours!

Podcast editing services by Resonate Recordings

 

Comments (0) Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment

Site Search

Connect with your Area!

Featured Links

Gobena Coffee Lifesong for Orphans Podcast