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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingNov. 7, 2014

Forgotten Friday: Love

I’ve been perplexed lately, confused as to why people are so afraid to LOVE. It all started with simple questions from so many people telling us that they could never do what we are doing and wondering how we could possibly enter foster care after the death of our third son. I’m sure people feel as if we were setting ourselves up for heartache again. Honestly though, what we are doing certainly doesn’t seem courageous to me. To me, what we are doing is what we should all do for each other. Love each other. Love each other when we fail, […]

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Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysOct. 31, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: From the Children // Repost

Quotes from children who have experienced life in foster care… It is very hard in the foster care system. While living in these different places I had to transform myself and pretend to be someone I wasn’t in fear that I would be moved again and unloved. I felt like I was constantly moving, and never had a place to call home. I was always wondering when someone was going to give me a chance and not give up on me as everyone has. I felt voiceless because everyone made decisions for my life without asking what I wanted, and […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 13, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: An Open Letter to My Foster Child

Dear A, Someday, when you’re old and grown, I hope that I am still in your life. I want to sit down with you over coffee and hear how you’re doing, about the college classes you’re taking, about whether or not you finally like math. I’ll look at the suit and tie you’re wearing, perhaps, and I’ll remind you of all the grass stains I oxy-cleaned from your jeans on a daily basis. But more than anything, I will need to explain how much you changed me. Right now, you’re not ready, but you should know. Someday. The other day, […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, Foster ParentingOct. 8, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: My Eyes Were Opened

I am still fairly new to the TFI family.  I actually never expected to be in this place.  My family and I were quite content with our life.  My husband is a pastor of a church and with three biological children, I was comfortable. That is until God kept drawing my heart to “these children.”  I didn’t even know what children I found myself constantly thinking about.  Where did they live?  What color were there eyes? Hair?  Girl or boys?  Then it happened. God gave me the question “what about the children in our own back yard?”  That is what […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 6, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: Are They Orphans?

It was a date. Big Sis and I talked as the lady filed her nails and covered them with a glossy pink. So, you’re not her real mama? I swallowed because I was not in a mood to defend. But Sis was quick to answer, I have two mamas. Both love me. The lady turned to me, Are you going to adopt her? Again, quicker than a whip, Sis jumped in, I don’t need to be adopted. I have a mama who loves me and is working really hard to get me back. The nail gal didn’t ask another question. […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingOct. 3, 2014

Forgotten Friday: Worship

There’s a calm that covers me When I kneel down at your feet It’s a place of healing It’s a place where I find freedom I sang this song as I rocked her. She’s been in our home five weeks, and this is the first time she has ever let me rock her to sleep. During the day, she laughs, babbles, hugs, smiles, and kisses. But there are evenings and bedtimes when she thrashes about, bites, kicks, pinches, and scratches. The only way to get her down for the night is to lay her down alone in her crib in […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 29, 2014

Make a Difference Monday: Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

You never know what you’re going to get, when DHS calls for a “temporary” placement right before your new friends show up for dinner.  You never know….literally.  It’s hard to be sure if you will totally freak your new friends out as you introduce the investigator in your county to them almost immediately after they arrive.  And when that investigator is accompanied by the sweetest little 6 year old girl, who doesn’t say much but is quickly playing with the others as you continue preparing dinner.  What a crazy life we live!  “Hey Rusty, so nice to meet you.  This […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysSep. 26, 2014

Forgotten Friday: ReMoved

“Momma, you said you’d never leave me.  You said you’d never hurt me….”  I am sure many of you have heard of and watched the short film, ReMoved.  This is an excellent depiction of a child’s life in foster care and the brokenness of the system. The filmmakers of ReMoved received such positive feedback, they are making ReMoved Part 2.  In order for the second film to be created it must be FULLY FUNDED in 20 days! “Removed Part Two will explore the stories we don’t often hear. The relationshionship between birth parents and foster parents, social workers and the […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Vulnerable ParentsSep. 19, 2014

Forgotten Friday: A Call To His People

Droplets splatter from a space that’s deep Rising and falling chest, purple cheek Voices rise louder, they huddle down Into a blanket, hoping they’re not found Broken bottles and trash litter the floor Noises all night, creaking screen door Safe in their spot until day dawns The big one peeks out and gives a yawn Makes a bottle, changes a diaper He’s the oldest, more like a father In a position he should never hold Protecting the others, not very old A burden he carries, a place he fills Mama and daddy can’t pay the bills Alone all day, fighting […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, Foster ParentingSep. 17, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: What is a Daddy?

What is a Daddy? So much has been written about this that I know I can’t say it any better. But I can tell you what I’ve seen in just a week’s time. I know my boys respond in a special way to Dad because he’s the Dad. But they’ve always had him. They’ve always had the security of a Daddy there to protect them. These two little ones are enamored by the stubble on Daddy’s face at the end of the work day, they just can’t stop touching it. They seem to understand what to expect from the mommy, […]

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