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Category: Children in Foster Care

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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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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