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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Ways to ServeFeb. 24, 2017

Forgotten Friday | Stop Confusing Your Calling with His Commands

As I grew into adulthood, I often wondered, prayed about, wrestled with and sought counsel over my calling. I looked to the lives of so many valiant souls that crossed my unsettled path for direction and motivation. What was I going to do with my life? What was my calling? My calling? My calling? That word was so weighted and I felt trapped. I thought there was a right or wrong decision. The process of discerning my next steps–all of my steps–felt final. Then the what ifs followed. What if I chose the wrong calling? What if I wasn’t hearing […]

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Encouragement, Family Support, Make a Difference Mondays, Ways to ServeFeb. 13, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | 7 Things Foster Parents Need You to Know

When you become a foster family, it is fantastic to have a community that supports you. I’ve written posts before on the physical ways you can support a foster family, but there’s another aspect of all this I want to address. When you have a foster family in your church, extended family, neighborhood, etc. there is a little bit of education that may be helpful. You may not have time to make a meal or the money to run out and buy diapers as a welcome gift for this new child, but if you’ve got a few minutes I’m going […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, ReunificationFeb. 10, 2017

Forgotten Friday | Praying for the Case Plan: Reunification Is the Primary Goal

Family and friends– I get it. We prayerfully make the decision to bring another child into our home and by doing so we unintentionally indirectly ask more from you in our relationship. Without warning we ask you love and accept a child we do not tell you much about. We assume you are willing to do this just because you share life with us. We indirectly ask you to celebrate with our home when things are good. We ask you to support us when things are rough. And, we sometimes put you in a situation to grieve the loss of […]

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Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 6, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Help! I’m Fostering A Teenager Who Pushes Me to the Edge

One of the most difficult aspects of foster parenting is caring for teenagers who have come from difficult places. The many issues that come with this territory can be too much to handle at times. But, there are a few key ways to parent with success. I could feel hear heartache through the words in her email. With each line I read, my heart sank a little deeper for her. A single mother in her 60s. Forty years deep into the journey of foster care. More than 200 children through her home in that time. If anything I should have […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingDec. 9, 2016

Forgotten Friday | I am not cut out for this

Some days I’m jealous. Our foster son has been in our home and our hearts for 365 days. He was 17 days old when we picked him up, and I would be lying if I said these past 17 days haven’t been sopping in jealousy. Reflecting on the days of his life before I knew him has been uniquely joyful and grievous. I wish I could have been there on his birthday; I wish I could have held him close in his first moments and watched him take his first breath. I wish I could have gotten to know him […]

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Advocacy, Education, Family Support, Uncategorized, Ways to ServeNov. 29, 2016

Redefining #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Often the focus of #GivingTuesday financial donations, but this year we want to switch things up.  Will you redefine #GivingTuesday with us and give the gift of your time to the foster care community? Below are some simple ways of giving and SHOWING JESUS to the foster care community in your area! Give of your time to a foster family–they will be blessed and you will, too! Ideas include: Drop off a freezer meal or restaurant gift cards Write a note of encouragement Offer to pick up and […]

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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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Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 5, 2016

Make A Difference Monday | Say This, NOT That to Foster Parents

I was born without a filter. That’s not true. I used to have one, but somewhere around college, I found my voice and it has been hard to silence ever since. I call my craft wit. Others call it inappropriate. I never intend to be offensive…but sometimes my best intentions fall short and sarcasm settles on sensitive souls. So I understand the struggle from the mind to the mouth. And I get the well-meaning wisdom of strangers that stumble into conversation with me at the park and sneak a peak into my frenetic flight of foster motherhood. But sometimes, casual […]

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Education, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingAug. 26, 2016

Forgotten Friday | 5 Ways Foster Care Can Destroy A Healthy Marriage (and how to prevent it from happening to you)

If there’s one thing that pays the price the most in foster care (or adoption), it’s the health of your marriage. How do you maintain the most important relationship you have and care for the children who have been placed in your home? We stood on opposite ends of our kitchen staring at one another, tired, defeated, and barely awake. The sad part? It was 8pm on a Saturday. We weren’t this tired because we were well into our 30’s. We could have made a great case for ourselves if so. No, this was the work of parenting. But not […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Education, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 1, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | That Time I Hated Being a Foster Parent… and Why It’s Worth It Anyway

“I hate being a foster parent. I hate it!” I sobbed to my 11-year-old daughter on our front porch a few weeks ago. I’m aware of how wrong this is on multiple levels. The thing is, nothing terrible had happened that day. It wasn’t a day of several kids vomiting. No one had soiled himself. There were no out-of-the-usual squabbles. It had actually been a good day, and one worth celebrating. We had our annual awards ceremony for the AWANA program – a ceremony I both anticipated and dreaded, as this was each child’s last year in their clubs. I […]

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