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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 23, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: Foster parenting

As I’m writing, I’m looking out over a crystal clear pool of water with palm trees swaying in the distance. Vacations are a wonderful gift from God — a time to slow down, refocus, and refresh. This time away from our kids has also made me very contemplative. We have six children at home, three of whom we are fostering. I live with the reality that three of “my” children I have to hold more loosely than the others. With three of them, I have to be more cautious with my words. I cannot tell them, “I am your mommy […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 22, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: the final goodbye

Lisa stayed home with Thomas, who suffered from a stomach ailment this morning. I took the others to church. Mary and I headed to the sanctuary, while Luke walked the foster daughters to their class. A few minutes later, Luke stood beside our aisle with the youngest of them, Jennifer. “She wanted to come sit with you,” he said. This seemed especially odd to me since she loved her class and had never missed it to sit through a sermon-a fiercely independent child, who at least to this point, maintained a much greater affinity with the wife I left behind. […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJun. 15, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: From a Foster Mama’s Heart

It’s the birthday of their arrival, and the anniversary of a journey for me. One year ago today the girls moved in. One year ago, we were entrusted with two souls to be the incarnation of Christ to. It was five minutes before the first lie was told. Ten minutes before the first tantrum thrown, but I made it a full hour before the first doubt of, What have we done? crept into my limited mind. Little has changed on the girls’ surface. The lies abound more than the truths, and I’m told I’m hated because I’m not mother. But […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care WorkersJun. 1, 2012

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 abused, […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 25, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: from the perspective of a foster Dad

Two Worlds Collide The boys were playing with the little girls on the swing set as I finally arrived home from work. It was my first full day back since surgery five weeks earlier. Immediately Luke came in and wanted to throw the baseball, while Thomas asked for a quick ride to the bookstore. I told the elder to grab my glove and hobbled to the backyard. As I walked out, I assured Thomas we would make time for books later. I noticed the girls clamoring for attention, but hardly spoke as I brushed past them. We threw for a […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingMay. 18, 2012

Forgotten Fridays: From the Perspective of a Foster Mama

Mother’s Day is a day that brings a lot of mixed emotions for me. If it weren’t for the work of 3 other women, I wouldn’t be celebrating. In fact, I would probably be very depressed. I love celebrating with my kiddos and I love seeing them grow and change just like any other mother. However, as a foster/adoptive mom, there are 3 other women who had that role before me. Sometimes I like to use my imagination and pretend like I have had each one since the beginning so that I could shield them(and myself) from any hurt or […]

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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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Forgotten FridaysMay. 11, 2012

forgotten friday: bio parent’s perspective

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingApr. 28, 2012

How foster parenting affects your ‘bio’ children

The other day I sat my girls down to ask them a few questions about foster care to see how much they understand about what we’re doing and to get more of a idea about how they feel about it. I loved hearing what they had to say and I typed furiously while they were talking in hopes to catch every word. Here are our firstborn, Paige’s thoughts on the subject. Paige: age 7 1/2 What is foster care? “Foster care is when mom and dads cannot take care of their children because they are not taking care of them […]

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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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