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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Mental Health, The Forgotten Podcast, TraumaFeb. 25, 2019

Traditional Parenting Vs. Trauma-Informed Parenting: Pursuing Connection with Your Child

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. Understanding how to best love, teach, and correct our children is something we are continually learning. Add to that, learning to parent kids who have experienced trauma, and things that may have worked for our biological children now seem to have the opposite effect on our kids. In today’s episode, Kristin Berry brings us practical insight and encouragement to help us parent our kids in a way that keep us connected. ABOUT OUR GUEST Kristin Berry and her husband Mike are authors of the popular blog, Confessions of an Adoptive Parent and […]

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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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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 31, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Be Bold (Let Your Light Shine)

I wish I could tell you that it is “easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy” (as my 5-yr-old likes to say) to parent children who have been adopted or to be a foster parent. I’d love to say that once a child enters your home either for foster care or adoption, all problems go away and it’s just downhill and smooth sailing from there. It would be fantastic for me to declare that I never second guess myself and that we are all about lollipops, rainbows, and laughter. However, if I were to say any of these things, my words would be false. They would […]

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Adoption, Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, ReunificationDec. 28, 2018

Forgotten Friday | Letting Go

Sometimes when you love something so much you have to let it go. Sometimes life requires you to do hard, painful things because of a love so deep you have for a person. This is where my heart is right now, loving something so fiercely that I have chosen to say goodbye. In just a few short weeks we will say goodbye to E and his brother and I know it’s the best possible decision for them and us, but saying goodbye still isn’t going to be easy. When the boys came back into care in December we knew the […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Vulnerable ParentsDec. 24, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Second chances: The heart of Christmas and loving the birth parents

The tears that brimmed my eyes surprised me as I thought of my beautiful Baby S beginning her unsupervised longer visits with her birth parents and extended family members. I rejoiced that I no longer had to sit at a food court in the mall for hours, but I actually enjoyed that alone time reading, writing, praying, or even visiting with friends. A friendship also bloomed between the birth parents and me as we saw each other so often and had many opportunities to chat. Birth mom began confiding in me. How sweet that God would provide this special relationship […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingDec. 21, 2018

Forgotten Friday | No Room in the Inn: An Advent Reflection of a Foster Mom

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 I’ll be honest here. I have been avoiding writing this blog the last few days. Why? I didn’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit writing about the plight of foster kids. Sounds cowardly? Maybe. But I can’t avoid it any longer. I need to write about it. I woke up this morning to a voicemail asking me if I have room for a sibling set of four kids […]

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The Forgotten PodcastDec. 17, 2018

Special Episode: The Father’s Loving Pursuit of His Daughter

Nicole Argo spent her childhood in the foster care system starting at the age of seven. She shares her story of neglect and despair in a life that was saved by God’s loving pursuit of her—even before she knew who He was. His still, small voice gave her hope to go on and led to a series of events that now gives her the opportunity to bring Him glory through her story. Telling my story is a way to bring glory to God and tell Satan he did not win. –Nicole Argo Meet Our Guest | Nicole Argo Nicole Argo […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 17, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Hello.

We’re on the no-call list. After our last placement we told our licensing worker we needed a long break. To rest and to heal ourselves before we might be ready to care for a hurting child. But last week, she called anyway. Two precious sisters needed a home, a bed, a safe place. We have that. And in this season of celebrating Jesus who was born without a home, it seemed fitting to share our abundance. And so, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Even amid the yeses, I have a hundred questions and a thousand more that I’m forgetting to ask. […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsDec. 14, 2018

Forgotten Friday | Life After Adoption: She Misses Them

Not long ago, I was putting our little Layla to bed when she began asking me about her birth parents. “When am I going to see them again?” “I don’t know honey,” is all I could answer at first. “I know it’s really hard but you have to trust Mommy and Daddy, ’cause we love you and we are here to protect you and keep you safe. We also want to do what is healthy for you and we don’t feel it is healthy for you right now to see your Birth Mommy and Birth Daddy.” She seemed to take […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 10, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | On Offering Compassion and Doing Justice When I’m Afraid.

In this journey there is a constant testing that has brought me to tears, to clenched fists with exasperation, and to my knees. The process of writing is a friend to me. It takes me by the hand and helps me relate to the emotion that swells within and looms large in me. What begins in her has so much to teach me. Wounds that may be invisible to many are constantly present. But God is gracious in gently calling us all toward healing. He does not force, He beckons. She asks again and again with her words and behavior, “can […]

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