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Advocacy, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsMay. 2, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | The Other Mother

Since day one, many have asked about The New Chick’s biological mom. And for all seven of the months he’s lived in my house, I’ve put off writing about her. But, there is a season for everything, and a time for every purpose under heaven. The first time I saw her it was in the Chambers County Courthouse. I looked up from admiring the five day old baby who was snug against my chest, and saw her walking toward us. I knew her by the tears pouring unchecked down her face. She humbly asked me if she could hold him, and I […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Care Workers, Vulnerable ParentsMar. 11, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Birth Mom’s Day: Through My Foster Mom Eyes

I saw you in the distance as I walked through the security gate of the courthouse. You were standing in the middle of the foyer, looking both prepared and lost. I make it a point to arrive early every time, yet you always arrive first. Gone are your parents who sat beside you for the first court hearing. Gone is your baby’s father, who you thought truly loved you until he left home to run errands and never returned. You stand alone. I smile, and I see your body relax. I move towards the chairs and so do you. We […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Vulnerable ParentsJan. 8, 2016

Forgotten Friday | Our Brokenness

I am going to lay it out there and be real by telling a little about our personal story at the end of this post. But, first I want to talk about this article on foster care and my own recent experience inside the walls of Family Court. On a cold day this October, I tossed my purse into a bucket and watched it ride on an automatic belt through a metal detector. I emptied my pockets. Walking through the detectors, my husband repeatedly set off the alarm and had to remove his belt. We laughed nervously. Coming up the […]

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Advocacy, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsNov. 13, 2015

Forgotten Friday: The Ache in My Soul…

The ache in my soul tonight just won’t go away.  Today, in court, our precious baby’s biological dad, relinquished his rights.  It was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever witnessed, and I was stunned!  It took me by complete surprise!  I knew that the birthmother was not going to show today, due to her attorney’s absence.  I questioned whether or not I should even show, knowing that there would probably just be a continuance.  Something inside me told me I should go.  It was a divine appointment!! As I entered the courtroom, I saw him sitting over in […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsOct. 9, 2015

Forgotten Friday: What is Foster Care?

As a foster parent there are constantly questions and comments coming at us from all directions. A lot of times I’ll smile and nod maybe give a quick generic answer, especially if I have my children with me. While I wish I could answer every question everyone has about us, our family, our kids’ stories and foster care—it just can’t happen. I try to give quick answers for two reasons; Number one, my children’s privacy is worth more than answering every question, and number two, answering even basic questions about foster care in front of my kids brings up more hard questions than they are ready […]

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Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsOct. 2, 2015

Forgotten Friday: Dear Bio Mom…

“Mama, we see my mom today?” he asked as he climbed the stairs to my waiting vehicle. Making efforts to keep my voice cheerful, though inwardly I was cringing, I answered, “No, honey. Not today. Two more days.” “Awwww.” My heart fell even as his face did. You see? He misses you. Even at his tender age of just a few years, he knows that it’s not supposed to be this way. God didn’t mean for it to be this way for him, you know? I suspect you do. I’m pretty sure it’s something you tell yourself often. But here’s […]

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Family Support, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsAug. 17, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Oh Church, Rise Up!

“MOM!!!”  “MOM!!!”  “MOM??”  This is what I’ve heard, followed by the pitter patter of little feet, for the last eleven days.  She was supposed to stay “just through the weekend”.  Every time I turned around to reassure her, there were tears in her eyes.  She knows the pain of separation already, and it’s way too soon.  Today, she knew the pain again.  There are not enough foster homes.  The system is broken, but this is not the system’s problem.  The government stepped up to fix the broken family, but the government will never “fix” the issues unless the body of […]

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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsJul. 10, 2015

Forgotten Friday: From ‘Foster Kid’ to ‘Pastor’s Kid’ {And the Change in Me}

It was a beautiful fall day….nice and sunny, and warm enough to still have all the windows in the house open. The three big kids were at school, Mike was at work, and I was enjoying a peaceful day at home–just me and the 16 month old. A quiet day of sorting, washing, and folding laundry. I brought up a basket of warm, clean clothes from the laundry room and dumped it onto the floor.  Charlie squealed and ran over to the pile and plopped right on top. He giggled, threw socks up in the air, and giggled some more. […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsJun. 26, 2015

Forgotten Friday: To the Mama Working Hard to Take This Child From Me…

Dear Mama, Yesterday you told me that you love us… and there are a few things I need to ask you. Do you know how much I love your son? No. You couldn’t possibly. Do you know that I relish in his sweet baby scent? Do you know I look forward to our 3am snuggles, even more so as they’re happening less and less? Do you know how deeply the sound of his sweet cries and coos have filled my heart? It’s overflowing! Do you know that I celebrate his milestones like he’s winning gold medals? Do you know that […]

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Advocacy, Vulnerable ParentsJun. 17, 2015

To the man who is called ‘Bio Dad’…

To the man who is called ‘Bio Dad’… You’re life has been hard, difficult and heartbreaking.  You have had many people against you, giving you the impression that you cannot do this, that you are not worthy of being called ‘dad.’  You put up a tough front, isn’t that what men are supposed to do – act like they don’t care, like they are not affected by the pain and hurt that has happened in their life?  You wonder if you can do this or if you should just bow out now and relinquish your partental rights. I want to […]

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