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Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysApr. 18, 2014

Forgotten Friday: A Story of an Aged-Out Youth

In Demetria’s sparsely-furnished apartment, the Tulsan settled into a chair to tell the story of what her life was like before and after she transitioned out of foster care at age 18. “This is the first time I’ve spoken about any of this,” she said. “I thought no one would believe me.” Demetria is 25 now, but she was 7 years old when she entered OKDHS ncustody. At the time, she had to escape a life where her mother’s abusive boyfriend allegedly raped Demetria’s younger sister and beat Demetria with electrical cords. Later, Demetria’s mother unsuccessfully tried to obtain full custody […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster CareApr. 16, 2014

Advocate Wednesday Repost: There’s a Reason

As our family has been reflecting on Christ’s death and resurrection this week, I’ve been wrestling with the knowledge that the crucifixion was no accident.  We could never have been saved without God’s perfect plan to redeem us through His son’s suffering. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 Its difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that God has a reason for the children in foster care to be there.  He has them there as part […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsApr. 7, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: Six Things Foster Care Has Taught Me

In my city alone there were 9,116 confirmed cases of child abuse last year. That averages out to ONE CHILD EVERY HOUR helplessly victimized by those ultimately responsible for providing the care and nurturing they really needed. That doesn’t even include the number of unconfirmed cases of abuse or situations involving neglect or abandonment. That’s an even more devastating number. And that’s just one city. There’s thousands of others. While there is much discussion right now regarding how the Church can most appropriately and effectively engage the realm of foster care, there is no question that something must be done […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, MentoringMar. 26, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: Mentoring – Making Disciples

MENTORING… Stepping into the lives of children or vulnerable adults affected by foster care through relationship building, tutoring, or job/life skill training. God has opened doors for us to start up a mentor program for foster children in our Elgin, IL area. As believers, we strive to be like Jesus. Was Jesus a mentor? What did Jesus do the night before He chose His twelve disciples? Luke 6:12-13, “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 24, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: The Sovereignty of God in Foster Care

Last night as I rocked our baby girl to sleep, the reality of our future with her hit me. The fact that she may not live with us forever has always been true, but as I looked around her room last night – her crib, her dresser, her folded pile of pj’s and blankets on the nightstand – it became all the more real that this might not be her room for very much longer. One day she might have a very different room. We are fostering to adopt her. This means we are licensed by the state and assigned […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysFeb. 21, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: Quotes from Kids in Foster Care

“They were like, ‘You’re 16. You’re going to go off to college in a couple of years, why do you want a family?’ It’s about my entire life, it’s not just about my childhood. I want to know that I’m going to have a place to come home to during Christmas breaks. I want to know that I’m going to have a dad to walk me down the aisle. That I’m going to have grandparent for my children.” MARY, Former foster youth, Tennessee “I don’t think they (people) understand how it feels not being able to say mom and dad. […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingFeb. 14, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: A Foster Teen’s Story

See the difference committed foster parents made in this young man’s life! By age ten, Jon had already learned that grown-ups aren’t to be trusted. First, his mother abandoned him, then, he was adopted by a couple who believed strict discipline was what active boys need most. By the seventh grade, Jon was chaffing under his parents’ rules and began fighting at school. One day, Jon’s anger and frustration boiled over and he injured a classmate. A juvenile judge sent him to a detention program for a year. When he completed the program, he learned his parents had terminated the […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 10, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: The Faces to Our Story

Before there was this: There was this: This picture makes me smile and brings me back to a time when these three little faces (and about 15 more) were my world. I am thankful to be an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a biological parent, but that wasn’t always my identity. Before anyone called me “mom” I was a hosueparent for an amazing group of young men who called me “Miss Maralee”. The three boys in the picture above are now three handsome young men who make me proud. They have persevered in the face of big adversity. They have […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Workers, Journey Bags, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 6, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: A Journey Bag Story

Five days before Christmas Katie, who is 12 years old, was taken into protective custody due to her parents having many domestic violence incidents and the presence of drugs in the home. Katie reported these issues to DCFS. When taken into protective custody, Katie did not cry, but appeared very nervous, as her father had previously told her not to tell DCFS anything. Katie was quite nervous about her parents getting in trouble, but hoped to remain in her family instead of going into foster care. Katie understood that most of her family was not appropriate for her to stay […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingDec. 20, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Love is not Wasted

I remember the decision making process we began after the adoption of our first child. We wanted to expand our family and give our son a sibling. For us it was a complicated process of examining our options (fertility treatments or future adoption plans) with the full knowledge that either option could take months or years to bear fruit. There was anxiety in that decision making process as we tried to pick the right road, but also an anxiety about our ability to love another child. When we adopted Josh, we felt incredibly blessed. Our love for him was instant […]

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