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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingFeb. 14, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: A Foster Teen’s Story

See the difference committed foster parents made in this young man’s life! By age ten, Jon had already learned that grown-ups aren’t to be trusted. First, his mother abandoned him, then, he was adopted by a couple who believed strict discipline was what active boys need most. By the seventh grade, Jon was chaffing under his parents’ rules and began fighting at school. One day, Jon’s anger and frustration boiled over and he injured a classmate. A juvenile judge sent him to a detention program for a year. When he completed the program, he learned his parents had terminated the […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Vulnerable ParentsFeb. 7, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: The Other Side of Foster Care

We met her for the first time in a downtown courtroom – the same place we would see her for the last time nearly one year later. Although we most likely will never know her beyond that, a piece of her will always be a part of us – literally. It was the first court hearing since her baby girl had been removed from her custody by Child Protective Services and placed in our care a few weeks earlier. Given the particular circumstances of the case, the judge would soon inform her she was on track to losing her parental […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, UncategorizedJan. 31, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: The End of Me

At first, I wanted to build a wall around my heart. I wanted to take this baby girl into my home and from the beginning remember and live like it was temporary. I didn’t want to get too attached. I wanted to love her well. I certainly wanted to take care of her by meeting her needs. But I wanted to protect my heart, because she is only mine for a short season. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found my walls have crumbled away. When I see sweet girl’s smile or marvel at the beauty of her hazel eyes […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care WorkersJan. 10, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: From the Perspective of a Caseworker

A caseworker’s job is heartbreaking, challenging, and can be extremely overwhelming. We encourage you to read today’s post by Jenna – a worker in the trenches – as she shares her heart with us! To those of you who serve children and their families in this way, we honor and appreciate you! ~ TFI Last week, I got a call from my supervisor saying I was receiving a new case. There is always an anxiety that overwhelmes me the minute I am assigned a new case. It means there is a child in my community that has been neglected or […]

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Advocacy, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care WorkersJan. 3, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: From the Heart of a Caseworker

Imagine being the only person to wish a struggling teenager happy birthday. Imagine feeing the weight of making sure each child you work with has at least one Christmas present. Imagine encouraging, praying and working alongside a young mother working to be reunified with her children all just to have to testify against her months later. Imagine being the one that has to remove three young children from the only person they know just to then explain that they will be going to three different homes. Imagine that you are the only person in the delivery room of a young […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingDec. 20, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Love is not Wasted

I remember the decision making process we began after the adoption of our first child. We wanted to expand our family and give our son a sibling. For us it was a complicated process of examining our options (fertility treatments or future adoption plans) with the full knowledge that either option could take months or years to bear fruit. There was anxiety in that decision making process as we tried to pick the right road, but also an anxiety about our ability to love another child. When we adopted Josh, we felt incredibly blessed. Our love for him was instant […]

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Forgotten FridaysDec. 6, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Loving what you cannot keep

I could never be a foster parent. It’s great that you can do it, but I could never love a child and then give them up. This is truly the most common phrase any foster parent will hear (well, either that or “Hey, we need to change the visitation schedule for next week”). Through the years I have had varying responses to this phrase. Yeah, it’s tough. But it’s worth it. Foster parenting isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. You know, it’s not like they just show up and you have to hand back the child. You do have some […]

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Forgotten FridaysNov. 29, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Painful words from youth in foster care

It seemed that every time I turned around I was being moved from home to home. For a while I didn’t even know if I would be staying the night at some places. After a while I had this dream in my head that I was on a highway and it seems as if the road never ends and my bags are packed in the car. I have no idea where I’m going and it seems like I’ll never stop moving. – Dominique, Illinois   For me a typical birthday in foster care depended on what foster home I was […]

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Forgotten FridaysNov. 15, 2013

Forgotten Friday: Foster and Homeless College Students

Please pray and help support Jessica (and other foster & homeless students) in her petition to change colleges’ regulations to keep foster & homeless students from staying in their on-campus student housing during breaks (with nowhere else to go) throughout the school year. Jessica is focusing on her own college, but this issue is happening throughout the nation. Do any of the colleges in your state have the same regulations? SIGN JESSICA’S PETITION Aquinas College: Provide safe housing for foster and homeless students during break periods, especially during the cold winter months As an unaccompanied homeless youth, there were many […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingNov. 8, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Let’s Be Clear

Many people say to me: “I could never do what you do.” They mean they couldn’t foster or adopt or, more recently, move in a seventeen-year-old who is expecting in 5 days (GULP!) I understand that. This life we have been called to is not for everyone. These last four years have been crazy, exhausting, and emotional. But, you. You have lifted us and held us. Steadied us and carried us. You have done room makeovers for our foster kids when we were drowning. When we were so underwater with being new parents and learning the system, you swooped in […]

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