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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 10, 2018

Confidentiality in Foster Care: Why It Matters

Anna Kathryn Ellzey knew that as a foster parent she could not share pictures, names or details of the child in her care. But that didn’t stop her from sharing a photo of him and her biological daughter as they sat together—a cute picture of only their legs. She simply wanted to share her joy at having him be part of their family. But she realized that on the other side of their happiness was his birth family’s pain and heartbreak. That’s when she realized that confidentiality was about more than keeping a child’s face hidden: It was about protecting […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 23, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Let’s Celebrate! Series Finale of Confidentiality and Foster Care (Part 4)

This is part four in a series discussing the importance of confidentiality in foster care. Read Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Foster parents, let’s celebrate the children in our care! Let’s celebrate BIG! Let’s celebrate often! And since we know celebration can and does exist outside of social media, let’s celebrate privately. Y’all remember that time I was a Christmas villain?  Please know this: I needed to celebrate my brand new foster son that Christmas morning, and he needed to be celebrated. He was worth celebrating, and we were overjoyed for such an opportunity. It wasn’t the photo that broke confidentiality, […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 16, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Achieving Confidentiality in Foster Care (Part 3)

This is part three in a series discussing the importance of confidentiality in foster care. Read Part 1. Part 2. Please know, I did not come to this place easily, nor did I want to arrive here. I’m a photographer, and I happened to have the two best cheeks on earth living with me. I longed to share photos, I longed to share specific prayer needs, and I also just longed to share him. I just knew that if people experienced his precious, sweet perfection, they would be less inclined to fear foster care, and more inclined to sacrifice everything to love […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 9, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Confidentiality and Identity in Foster Care (Part 2)

This is part two in a series discussing the importance of confidentiality in foster care. Read Part 1. We had a sitter once who asked about a friend’s newly adopted child, not by the child’s name or status as a son or daughter, but by the child’s ethnicity. In that very moment, I realized that I needed to be much more confidential about the reasons our foster child was in our care. Because the reasons he came into care did not define him then, and they don’t define him now. Those obstacles are not his identity, nor is the fact that […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysOct. 2, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | That Time I Was a Christmas Villain (Part 1)

This is part one in a series discussing the importance of confidentiality in foster care.  If you work in the medical field, or in social work, law, education, etc… you know this: Confidentiality matters. It matters for very obvious reasons and for SO many reasons beyond what is completely obvious. I’m writing about this topic from a foster parenting perspective… One that I didn’t always understand or hold for myself… at least not until I became a foster parent and loved not only the child in my home, but also his mom, his brother and sister, his grandparents, his great […]

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