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Category: Children in Foster Care

Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 17, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | We Have Room

Why did we choose foster care? Another simple answer… We. Have. Room. When we moved to Louisiana seven years ago I accepted a job at a state funded group home. I worked there for nine months… Those nine months were absolutely life changing. They were my first real exposure to the world of foster care and the children in the system. We cared for children from about eleven to seventeen. Traumatized, hurt, angry, damaged by the things they had experienced in their lives so far. Longing for love, but understandably guarded. When they allowed me to love them, that was […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, UncategorizedSep. 26, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | A Letter to Our Borrowed Baby

Dear Baby Girl, Welcome to our family! Sometimes I don’t know what I’m missing until I find it, and that has certainly been true with you. We didn’t know this family was missing a tiny bundle of pink cries and coos until you arrived. Now it feels like you always belonged. When we got the phone call that you needed a place to be, I said yes. I said yes before I even checked with Brian because I knew he’d say yes, too. In very general terms we had been talking about your arrival for some time and when we […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 23, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Can I Ask You Something?

Our first day at the park together People have lots of questions about my little guy, so here’s the answer to a few of the most common: How long will you have him? I don’t know. Will you be able to adopt him? I don’t know. When will you know? I don’t know. There are a lot of unknowns in the world of foster care, and it’s tough on this planner! I mean, I’m ready to buy us tickets to Disney World for Christmas next year because I know he would love it, but I honestly don’t know what next […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Uncategorized, Vulnerable ParentsSep. 16, 2016

Forgotten Friday | The Cause of Foster Children

I worked a booth for recruiting foster families at a local convention this weekend. To be honest, while the time I was there, I can count on one hand the number of folks who actually engaged me in conversation about the need for foster homes in our communities. I get it. Foster parenting is certainly not for the faint of heart, but I found myself considering why it is important for Christians to step into the world of abuse and neglect. The thought, “If Christians do not take up the cause of foster children and pray for them, then who […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 12, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | To Grieve a Little

I’ve heard it twice now. But it was the second time that got me. Something along the lines of, “You knew what you were signing up for” after I disclosed the fear and pain of potentially seeing this little one leave. Why, yes. Yes I did. We walked into this with eyes wide open. We accepted the likelihood of sending children back after loving them. We knew the danger for heartache and pain. We considered the negatives. We weighed all the risks. But in the end, we found them worth it. This sweet baby who’s tethered to my heart, he’s […]

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Children in Foster Care, The Forgotten PodcastSep. 11, 2016

Season 1, Episode 10: Nicole Argo (Part 1)

In this episode, Jami chats with Nicole Argo, a pastor’s wife and mom of two who grew up in foster care. Her firsthand account of the emotions and struggles that face children in foster care on a regular basis will help you understand how critical every effort to help those in the foster care community is and how showing and sharing the love of Jesus will make a difference in every life. In this episode, you’ll discover… The emotions a child often feels when their life is disrupted. The harsh realities that some children in foster care must go through on […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 9, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Remembering the Kids Who Have Moved On

In the days before our first foster daughter—the one who made me a mom—left to be reunited with an extended family member, I had my husband help me paint her hand pink and press it onto white card stock. I didn’t have a plan for that handprint yet but I knew I needed something more than the 1000s of photos I took to remember her—something I could trace my fingertips across when I was aching from missing her and wondering how she was doing. I also saved the top of the artificial hot pink daisy she had been playing with […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 2, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Surprise! The Cause of Your Child’s Misbehavior Might Not Be What You Think

Our son just turned four-years-old. He is bright, funny, adventuresome, lovable, good-looking, a good story-teller. I could go on and on. I tell people that I can brag on him because he doesn’t have our genes! Lately though his bad behavior has concerned Danielle and I. Sure some of his behavior is typical four-year-old behavior. But this is more intense, frequent, and long-lasting. Photo Credit: Chance Agrella via Compfight cc When our son yells at me, struggles in social settings or with sleep, refuses to listen or respond when I am talking to him…I admit my first thought and reaction […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Uncategorized, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 29, 2016

Make a Difference Monday: Why Did You Choose Foster Care? Because He Said Yes

Foster care… Why did we say yes to foster care? Here’s the simple answer to a not so simple question: We said “Yes!” because He said “YES!” I mentioned in the previous post the condition of my heart being revealed hard and fast… it’s ugly. As filthy and murky as can be. So, question… have you ever found yourself thinking you’ve learned it all, not much growing left to do, conquered your toughest sins…? I’ve heard others say it and I’ve felt it myself, even when I didn’t realize it… the belief that we’ve overcome our greatest sins and the […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Ways to ServeAug. 5, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Why Churches Need to Step Up: Increasing Foster Homes in Our Nation

Recently, I have been overwhelmed with some disturbing facts related to our nations foster care system. Not facts related to the process, but facts related to foster homes. Or, should I say, the lack of foster homes across the nation. Let’s focus on Arizona first. During a 6 month period over 25,000 calls were received by the Child Abuse Hotline that met criteria for a DCS report, increasing the number of children placed in out-of-home care over 1000 for a total of nearly 17,000 children (CASA of Arizona). It is hard to even fathom these numbers. Where do these 17,000 […]

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