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Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, The Forgotten PodcastJan. 28, 2019

My Parents are Foster Parents: Honest Reflections from Teens in a Fostering Family

Teenagers, Brayden and Bristol, along with their mom, Selena Whitley, speak honestly to the joys and struggles of being raised in a family who does foster care. The journey of fostering has allowed Bristol and Brayden to mature as they learn to lean on God. MEET OUR GUESTS Brayden (15) and Bristol (13) Whitley were only 5 and 7 when their parents, Selena and Tony became foster parents. Foster care has impacted their family significantly and these two teenagers would have it no other way!   Connect with the Whitleys: Email   TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S SHOW 1. Friendships can last beyond the “Goodbye.” It is a common […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, The Forgotten PodcastJan. 14, 2019

Lessons Learned from Growing Up in a Fostering Family

Can you imagine being the oldest of 5 biological children and having over 50 therapeutic foster siblings throughout your childhood? Rophe Mason tells her story of growing up in a fostering family; listen in as she vulnerably shares how they navigated these waters, established boundaries and shared God’s love with children who needed it the most. MEET OUR GUEST Rophe Mason is a resident of Hanover, MA. Originally from Alabama, she and her family relocated to the area 3 years ago. During the day Rophe works in elementary school fundraising all over the New England area. Her role allows her […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster ParentingDec. 7, 2018

Forgotten Friday | Foster HOPE

“Why did you decide to do foster care?” the case worker asked me on the Monday after our first weekend with a child in our home. “Well, we have room in our home and love in our hearts” is the answer that I gave that day, and it’s the answer that I give today if most people ask. It’s easy, and it’s fairly honest. But about a million times a day, I have to keep coming back to the rest of the story, the other unspoken reasons for why we are foster parents. Because about a million times a day, […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 26, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Foster Siblings: How Little Hearts Hurt

I call you the crazy one. The wild child. The spark plug. Elie bug. Lucy (We still don’t know why I call you that…just roll with it). You’re always full of sass. We jokingly say that when you are old enough, we’re shipping you off to Uganda to live on the red dirt roads. That mostly stems from the long season you had with your affection for being naked. ALL. THE. TIME. You sure have enough energy to live life with that kind of reckless abandon. You have a Jekyll and Hyde thing going on. You are tender one moment […]

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Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Make a Difference MondaysJun. 12, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | How To Help Typically Developing Children Cope With Raising a Non-Typical Child

One of the biggest issues adoptive parents face, is helping typically-developing children cope with the struggles and behaviors of non-typically developing children. But there is a way to find balance. When our first daughter was born, everything was just as it should be. She was full-term. Her birth-mom did not drink or smoke or use drugs. She took her pre-natal vitamins and ate a healthy diet. Our daughter was placed in our arms just minutes after birth. From the moment she entered the world, all was right. She developed appropriately. She walked and talked on time. She ate all the […]

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Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMay. 22, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | “You’re a Good Mom” {Perception & Misconception}

“You’re a good mom.” I hear those words very often, and nearly everywhere I go–Costco, Target, church, the grocery store, the doctor’s office…you get the idea. And I suppose the strangers’ words come out naturally when they see a gal with a 16-month-old on one hip, a 21-month-old on the other, a three-year-old tagging alongside. But while I hear the words, they aren’t being said to me. The words are being said to my 16-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. Kaitlin, my oldest child who–along with younger siblings Connor and Kylie–has spent six years sharing her home and life with foster siblings. She was 10 when […]

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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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Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 19, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Is Foster Care Worth the Stress It Puts on Your Family?

One of our greatest struggles as a foster and adoptive family has been the fear that the revolving door of foster care will leave our permanent children feeling unsure of who they are and their importance to us. As adoptive parents we want our children to know that we are constant, secure, forever loving and unchanging. As Foster parents, we want our foster children to know that we will fill in the gap for as long as it’s needed. We are willing to hang on if necessary and willing to let go when the time comes. We are trying to […]

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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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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJun. 6, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Supporting Foster Families: 7 Ways You Can Pray

If you’ve ever walked a difficult road (who hasn’t?) then you know what it means to hear that others have your back in this powerful way. I believe that interceding on behalf of others is especially tender to the heart of God. When we come before His throne, selflessly pleading for Him to act on behalf of another, I just wonder at what kind of pleasure it must bring Him. Maybe you know a family who fosters, but aren’t sure how to pray. Here are 7 ways you can pray for foster families: 1) Pray that foster moms and dads […]

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