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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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Children in Foster Care, Journey Bags, Make a Difference MondaysJul. 15, 2013

Make a Difference Monday: A Journey Bag Story!

Originally Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 From a foster parent in Augusta County, Virginia: “I just wanted to let you know that we received a new foster care placement yesterday – a 2 1/2 yr old girl. She came to us with a small bag of summer clothes and a journey bag. She didn’t say much all day and looked pretty scared/withdrawn whenever we tried to talk with her. At one point we decided to check out the journey bag and see what was in it. Well, the pink and purple bracelets and sock monkey overwhelmed her! She smiled […]

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Children in Foster CareJun. 25, 2013

"I don’t remember…"

Originally posted on 6.22.12 Last night while putting the girls to bed, “Lu” became rather anxious about “scary people coming into our house.”  I wasn’t sure if this was a “common childhood fear” moment or if this indeed had been part of her past. You know it’s heartbreaking that it could have been.  It breaks my heart that I don’t even know.  She is now becoming my daughter and I know only little of her first 3 years.  This is the stuff that hurts, because she has gone through such pain.  Some of it I was able to be there for her.  When we told her […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysApr. 19, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Kids like David

4 year old David had known true neglect in his young life.  One evening shortly after transitioning into a new but very loving foster home, his foster mama shared with him that she was going out with some friends but “Daddy Jon would be with him and she would be back soon.” With fear in his eyes, David looked up and asked “but will Daddy Jon forget to feed me?” My friends, this absolutely breaks my heart.  Kids like David have faced rejection, neglect, abuse, and so much more over the course of their lives.   Kids like David need you and […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, MentoringApr. 3, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: Desperation

I took a 12 year old girl to school one morning. She was staying at a foster home temporarily while a more permanent home was located. On the way to school she asked me some pretty tough questions that left me with a sense of desperation. “Where am I going to go next?” Gulp. My response: “I don’t know, they are trying to find a foster home for you.” “Am I going to be adopted or am I going to be able to go home?” Gulp. My response: “I don’t know.” Her father left, her mother met a new boyfriend. They abandoned […]

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