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Make a Difference MondaysMay. 21, 2012

Make a Difference Monday: in Columbia, SC

Happy Monday!  It’s Anna from Columbia, SC. We’re still getting our feet up under us in South Carolina, but it is so apparent that God is moving in our area.   We’ve recently been able to deliver a batch of Journey Bags to our local foster care agency and the reaction from both the workers and the foster parents has been astounding!  God has provided a connection to a local Gideon camp in our area which donated hundreds of bibles for us to place in Journey Bags before we deliver them to the children.  The foster parents who have taken in […]

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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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Advocate WednesdaysMay. 16, 2012

Advocate Wednesdays: Jen Young, Champaign County, IL

Hi! It’s Jen – Champaign County Advocate. My TFI journey began two years ago when God stirred my heart at a conference Jami was speaking at (this was before TFI had a name and officially launched). I heard the words ‘forgotten’ and ‘foster care’ connected for the first time and God touched my heart. What would it look like if Christians surrounded foster parents with support and encouragement? How could we come alongside agencies and  caseworkers and offer to lighten their load? I remember thinking, If the needs are communicated, we would jump in and help! The church can love […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMay. 14, 2012

Make a Difference Mondays: In Augusta County, VA!

Greetings from Charisa in Augusta County, Virginia! We’re off to an awesome start with our TFI community here in Augusta County. We were blessed to have 37 people come out to our first meeting to hear from our local foster care moms and dads and from an adult who grew up in foster care. Their stories touched our hearts. Immensely. Here’s one from our friend who grew up in foster care. “You are not only changing that life [the foster child’s], you are changing generations. My children’s lives today are different because of my foster mom. This is something that we lose […]

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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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Advocate WednesdaysMay. 10, 2012

Advocate Wednesdays: How I became a Forgotten Advocate

Hi!  Its Becky – Forgotten Advocate in Bakersfield, CA. I have been an advocate for four exciting months. It has truly been an amazing ride. I love having a front row seat as the Lord moves on behalf of the forgotten in our community. I also love telling the “how I became an advocate” story because it really is a reminder of how the Lord works! So, here goes…. My husband Dominic and I have started and stopped the process of becoming foster parents four times in our 16 years of marriage. Finally, in January of 2010 the Lord’s call […]

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Make a Difference MondaysMay. 7, 2012

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Hey, it’s Jami ~ After launching this blog yesterday, a women from Central IL checked out the needs in Bloomington/Peoria area and read that someone had donated several backpacks that needed to be filled.  She emailed us right away with such excitement because her church had all the items needed for Journey Bags, except the backpacks!  They had been praying for a way to find/fund backpacks and after seeing this need, she knew her prayers had been answered. This got me thinking.  We can NEVER underestimate our role in the Body of Christ.  Our purpose.  One buys the backpacksOne fills the […]

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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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