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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 She didn’t say much all day and looked pretty scared/withdrawn whenever we tried to talk with her.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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Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster CareMar. 27, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: 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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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, MentoringMar. 15, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: It’s not about me

I’m sick to my stomach. The 12 year old boy that I used to tutor, I now mentor.  Me, a 23 year old girl, mentoring a 12 year old boy.  I’ve had reservations about this to say the least.  Tutoring was fine, easy, just focus on school work, but mentoring, and doing things with Timothy that I’m not a fan of OR even good at.  But I figured if it worked out to mentor him, I would.  God has a purpose.  I had already built a relationship with him while tutoring and he began to trust me more and more […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMay. 14, 2012

Make a Difference Mondays: In Augusta County, VA!

Greetings from Charisa in Augusta County, Virginia! We’re off to an awesome start with our TFI community here in Augusta County. We were blessed to have 37 people come out to our first meeting to hear from our local foster care moms and dads and from an adult who grew up in foster care. Their stories touched our hearts. Immensely. Here’s one from our friend who grew up in foster care. “You are not only changing that life [the foster child’s], you are changing generations. My children’s lives today are different because of my foster mom. This is something that we lose […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten FridaysMay. 11, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: the children

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 of 2009, my eyes were opened for the first time to […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingApr. 11, 2012

Foster parenting: the realities

She misses her Daddy Our little “L” has always been a daddy’s girl. Due to reasons I won’t go into here, she hasn’t seen her daddy for several weeks. Normally, she visits her parents once a week right after nap time. Lately, while putting her to nap or bed, she’s been asking “See Daddy?” I always have had to respond the same. “No honey, you’re not going to see your daddy today.” I’ve shared with her that Daddy is having some troubles, and we should pray for him. We have discussed this more than a few times. The other night […]

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