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Adoption, Advocacy, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJun. 29, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Gift Ideas for Foster Care & Adoption

Do you know someone who has recently became a foster parent, or is going through the adoption process?  Do you need some ideas for gifts to give?  Here are a few ideas to get you started: – Gift cards to a variety of retail stores (Foster families often take children in a “moment’s notice”, and may need to run out and grab a car seat, clothing, and other essentials for taking care of children.) – Gender neutral items (Even though a family has a preference for gender, sometimes they are selected or called about a child of the opposite gender.) […]

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Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 12, 2015

Forgotten Friday: 10 Things You are Not Supposed to Say to a Foster Parent

Sometimes in life we simply don’t know what to say—when someone loses a loved one, when they divorce, when they lose a job. But I would have never guessed that people would not know what to say to a foster parent. It is possible that I might offend some who have made one of these comments to me or to another foster parent, but that is not my intent.  My intent is to remind that we are all called to care for orphans. Foster care is a hard job. Foster parents need your encouragement. I asked a few of my […]

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Advocacy, Family SupportMay. 6, 2015

Advocate Wednesday: Families Serving Families

We didn’t believe we had anything to offer, but we decided to step out of our comfort zone in faith.  In doing so, God not only blessed others through us, but incredibly blessed us as well! In June 2013, I attended a TFI presentation on supporting the foster community. My plan was to learn more about mentoring a foster child.  A desire to get involved with foster children has always tugged at my heart, but due to circumstances it wasn’t the right fit for our family. I have so much admiration for families who care for, love and nurture foster children […]

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Advocacy, Advocate Wednesdays, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster ParentingApr. 8, 2015

Advocate Wednesday: I am…2nd

I am beaten, broken, scared. I have wounds that may never heal. I am terrified of tomorrow and yet, rejoice in today. I am a mother, an adoptive mother, a foster mother. I am real, though appear fake.  The war I fight is not seen by many and my battle wounds are mostly invisible. I fight for my children, literally fight for their lives, on a daily basis. I am tired. I am writing from one of the darkest places I have yet had to visit inside myself. If I did not have the light of Jesus, I would not […]

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Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMar. 23, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Ten Simple Ways Your Church Can Serve Foster Families

Foster care is a Church problem, not a state child welfare problem. It is a Gospel issue first, not a government issue. The Church has both the duty and privilege to speak on behalf of and stand for the sake of those who cannot speak and stand for themselves because that is exactly what God has done for us through Jesus. That’s the Gospel. Kids in foster care are not the government’s kids, they are God’s kids and therefore the Church’s responsibility. In response, many families choose to submit to the laborious and often painstaking process of becoming licensed foster […]

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Advocacy, Family Support, Foster ParentingMar. 12, 2015

Advocate Wednesday: Feelings of Inadequacy

We all struggle with feelings of inadequacy. We all struggle with pride. They’re in all of us and they are a hindrance to the work the Lord wants to do through us. On the one hand, focusing on our weaknesses and inadequacies can stop us from taking on a ministry – it can keep us from being bold for the Lord – it can make us think we can never do anything great for His kingdom. On the other hand, pride can make us self-reliant – thinking it’s our abilities that got us where we are – forgetting that any […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Family Support, Vulnerable ParentsMar. 4, 2015

Advocate Wednesday: Foster Care – My Experience as a Biological Mom

It is true that life as a foster parent can be hard, but the life of the biological parent is excruciatingly hard.  Here is a biological mom’s story and the beauty of the impact of The Forgotten Initiative’s work in her life. When I was asked to do this blog from the perspective of a biological parent who had her children taken into foster care, I jumped at the chance.  Here is my story. In 2012 four of my children were taken from me and placed into foster care, separated into three different homes. This is my side of the […]

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