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Category: Children in Foster Care

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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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingNov. 1, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Foster Parenting – it’s a journey of faith

As a foster parent, one of the most common responses I received was, Oh I’ve thought about that but I could never give them back — especially if the child went back to a bad situation. While I understand this sentiment, the reality is this, foster parenting is not about us and we don’t know the big picture. Foster parenting is a picture of the gospel. It is dying to self and giving to another with no guarantee that we will receive anything back. It is a journey that draws you closer to the heart of God if you let […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysSep. 27, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: From the Children

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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Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysSep. 20, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: My Story… as a Child in Foster Care

I went into foster care when I was nine.  I had been abused and neglected and was scared, but what scared me more was what would happen if I didn’t leave. I ran away, to my dad first and later to the police. I was desperate. I didn’t know what the future held, all I knew was that I had to get out. We struggled financially to the point of eating out of garbage cans, we didn’t have socks or underwear, we were physically, sexually and psychologically abused.  My mom was unpredictable, an alcoholic who brought home men from the […]

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Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 13, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: My Story as a foster parent

I am an adoptive parent, a biological parent, step parent, foster parent, and grandparent.  I am a mom. I am not a perfect parent, a saint, or a hero. I have 2 biological children, 3 adopted children, 5 step children and have parented over 25 foster children back in the 90’s.  Thankfully all but 2 of these children are adults.  My husband and I recently got licensed to be foster parents with Youthville and are hoping to adopt a 15 year old girl, who we met for the first time Memorial Day weekend.  We have been told she has significant […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysSep. 12, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: My Story… as a child in foster care

My experience in foster care originally was terrifying and unknown to me.  My life was put in fast forward in a matter of hours. Hours that seemed like I had no control at all of my life nor my brother’s or mother’s.  My mom was a single mother who worked two jobs at any given time to pay the bills and put food on our plates. As I as only 13 or 14 years old at the time. I was becoming a new person and life decided to take a turn for the worst.  In the winter of 2001 my […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysSep. 6, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: The Children

Traveling back to the very first Forgotten Friday Post… Hey, it’s Jami and I am happy to welcome you to the very first edition of Forgotten Fridays!  The purpose of Fridays here is to give you a look from behind the eyes of those in the foster care community.  Our desire is to help you see from their perspectives and so it seems rather appropriate to start off with this video. I encourage you to watch – especially the first minute of this video and as you do, know that this happens over and over across our nation.  When I saw this video back in November […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysAug. 30, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Heartbreaking Quotes from Children in Foster Care

“If the government or those who are in power want to make the foster care system better, what they should do is just ask a foster kid. Talk to one of them. They can tell you exactly what they need. What they need is what most children and even teens need…Someone who cares about them, someone who will listen to them and hold them when they are scared. What they need is what any child needs…a family who loves them.” – Luis  “It’s about my entire life, it’s not just about my childhood. I want to know that I’m going […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster CareAug. 21, 2013

Advocate Wednesdays: Human Trafficking and Foster Care

This is a heavy post. I apologize, but it is things we need to know to protect our children. The back story: My husband I first heard about human trafficking while watching a video by Sara Groves in which she introduced us to Gary Haugen…CEO and President of International Justice Mission. This led us to the book, Terrify No More by Gary Haugen. And our worlds were rocked. This was back in 2008 and we could not believe that these things were happening in such immense ways and huge numbers. We could not understand why this was not on the […]

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