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Advocacy, Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingNov. 6, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: Come to the Broken Wall

I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap… Ezekiel 22:30 I am not an expert on foster care, social work or orphan advocacy, but what I know is that there are broken places, gaps to be addressed, in my community – where children need loving homes, with either a “middle” mama and daddy or a forever one, where struggling parents have lost their children temporarily or for always, who need life change, prayers and support, and where wearied families and social workers are thirsty for encouragement in the work […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingNov. 1, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Foster Parenting – it’s a journey of faith

As a foster parent, one of the most common responses I received was, Oh I’ve thought about that but I could never give them back — especially if the child went back to a bad situation. While I understand this sentiment, the reality is this, foster parenting is not about us and we don’t know the big picture. Foster parenting is a picture of the gospel. It is dying to self and giving to another with no guarantee that we will receive anything back. It is a journey that draws you closer to the heart of God if you let […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingOct. 25, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Surprise, It’s a Boy!

Ooohhhh my goodness, when was the last time you held a newborn? I mean, like a 3 days old newborn?? I love babies – they just remind me of all the good there is in the world. Babies are a new start, sort of like New Year’s Day or the first day of school. Now, I understand that some folks don’t like the screaming or the night feedings or the poopy diapers. In my opinion, the fresh start and yummy baby smell completely triumph over all the possible negatives! As I picked him up from the hospital, the nurse and […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingOct. 10, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: Be Part of a Miracle

Sixteen years ago we adopted our first two children from DSS. Eight years ago, we adopted the third through international adoption. So much of my adult life I have had some interest in adoption, orphans, etc. Once in a while I will sign up for an email newsletter or Facebook group for waiting children. Sometimes I am only thinking that I need to pray for each child but other times. . .hum. I dream of what it would be like to give another child a home. Since we are down to one child at home, it didn’t surprise me too […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingOct. 2, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: Foster Parenting

We are new on this foster care journey…. We have had our first placement, a precious 3 year old girl for 6 months. Recently her case plan was changed from reunification with her father to severance and adoption. Extended family came out of the woodwork. Home studies were ordered on each of them. One has been approved and visits have started. Last week, she had 2 visits, and both of those nights she had nightmares and bed-wetting….again. I had the privilege of sitting with a seasoned foster mom last week, and she was describing the difference between the physical pain […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingSep. 25, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: I Want to Be Ready

Our family has a unique opportunity. We have two weeks to prepare our home and ourselves for a foster child.  Often, there is barely any notice or information, and maybe a few hours to wrap your head and heart around the situation before a foster child joins your family.   I’m thankful for this gift of unusual advance notice. In high school, I loved playing basketball and I can (vaguely) remember the mental preparation that I would go through to psych myself up before each game.  Focus, thinking through different defensive and offensive scenarios, fueling my body for the game (with […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 16, 2013

Make a Difference Monday: Baby Joy

Five days ago my husband answered his cell phone, “we have a newborn baby girl at the hospital in need of a foster home, are you interested?” “Ummmm, yes,Yes, YES! YES! YES! When can we see her?” The very next day we were sitting in a hospital room holding our foster daughter for the first time. Is there a word for joyful heart-hurt? There should be. It’s the way you feel when your seven year-old is holding your hand and it’s so precious you want to stop the clock and live in that moment forever. It’s touched with sorrow because […]

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Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 13, 2013

Forgotten Fridays: My Story as a foster parent

I am an adoptive parent, a biological parent, step parent, foster parent, and grandparent.  I am a mom. I am not a perfect parent, a saint, or a hero. I have 2 biological children, 3 adopted children, 5 step children and have parented over 25 foster children back in the 90’s.  Thankfully all but 2 of these children are adults.  My husband and I recently got licensed to be foster parents with Youthville and are hoping to adopt a 15 year old girl, who we met for the first time Memorial Day weekend.  We have been told she has significant […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysSep. 2, 2013

Make a Difference Monday: 8 Ways to Prepare Your Children to Welcome Kids in Foster Care

Are you considering becoming a foster parent? If you have children, you may wonder how you can best prepare them for the arrival of foster kids in their home.  //As posted on New Rythm Project// Discuss your intent to foster and your reasons for opening your home to children in need. When a mother is expecting another baby, both parents begin talking to their older child(ren) months before the due date, to prepare them for a sibling. Kids also deserve to know about children coming to your family through foster care, as far in advance as possible. And as you talk about […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 14, 2013

Advocate Wednesday: A Clear Concept

When I stop and think about my day, my schedule, my kids, duties, responsibilities, appointments, my teaching and correcting; it really isn’t all that clear. I mean, I know what I need to do or what I should do, but it doesn’t always happen. As my day goes, things get pushed aside or completely knocked off with higher priority things. One thing that is always clear is my relationship with my Creator! No matter what time of day it is or what is going on, I know that where I am at, is where He needs me to be! He […]

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