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The Forgotten PodcastJul. 3, 2017

Season 3, Episode 4 | Mother to Many: Doing Life with Nine Children

Kirsten Smith believes her past experience prepared her for her present reality, although “nothing could fully prepare me to be the mother of nine!” She grew up with an idea of what foster care was, and after college she worked as a social worker with families in crisis, aiding in reunification, but also seeing the effects of child abuse and neglect. “It was a hard job,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know why God put me here.’” A few years later she realized that some of her own children came from those scenarios. I would rather have people […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJun. 5, 2017

Season 3, Episode 2 | Keeping It Real for Foster and Adoptive Dads

Foster and adoptive fathers have very few resources to help them deal with the feelings and struggles that often arise when caring for children from hard places. Andrew Schneidler is trying to change that. Men need a core group of guys, an inner circle, where they can just be real; a place to be honest about what is going on. –Andrew Schneidler More than 25 years ago, before they were married, Andrew’s then-girlfriend Michele dreamily talked about adopting “some day.” Andrew, more out of wanting to say the right thing to his girlfriend than really committing to the idea, would […]

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Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMay. 22, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | “You’re a Good Mom” {Perception & Misconception}

“You’re a good mom.” I hear those words very often, and nearly everywhere I go–Costco, Target, church, the grocery store, the doctor’s office…you get the idea. And I suppose the strangers’ words come out naturally when they see a gal with a 16-month-old on one hip, a 21-month-old on the other, a three-year-old tagging alongside. But while I hear the words, they aren’t being said to me. The words are being said to my 16-year-old daughter, Kaitlin. Kaitlin, my oldest child who–along with younger siblings Connor and Kylie–has spent six years sharing her home and life with foster siblings. She was 10 when […]

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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingApr. 21, 2017

Forgotten Friday | 7 Ways You Are Making Parenting a Foster or Adopted Child Hard

Parenting might be the hardest thing in the world. And if you bring a child into your home who isn’t your biological child and is dealing with all kinds of wounds, you just raised the bar. Many times we enter into a relationship with a wounded child and think that we can parent them just like we do or would parent a biological child. It simply isn’t true. I know some foster or adoptive parents don’t deal with challenges with the children that they have brought into their home. However, most do. And about the time you think you have […]

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Education, Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysApr. 17, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Ten Ways to Prepare to be a New Foster Parent

Foster parenting is an experience unlike any other, and it is one that requires steadfastness, resilience, and love. You have finally decided to make the jump into foster parenting. Foster parenting is a tough calling and will take you through the complex beast that is child welfare, but it is also one that will teach you many life lessons. Here are tips to help you prepare. 1. Read, listen, and ask. Read as much as you can about fostering: Read it all—the good, the bad, and all of it in the middle. Foster parenting blogs are one exceptional way to […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysApr. 10, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | What My Foster Son Taught Me About Hospitality

When He first came to us, the house was a mess and dinner wasn’t ready. We didn’t have much time to roll out the welcome mat, and only Anna and I were here to greet him. But of all the guests I’ve had in my house, this little one has taught me the most about offering our home to others. He’s taught me that the mess doesn’t matter. He could care less if the toys are put away and the fact that I haven’t deep cleaned the fridge in months doesn’t bother him in the least. He is at home […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, ReunificationJan. 6, 2017

Forgotten Friday | Foster Kids Don’t Have Birthparents

Yesterday I was driving my six kids to a foster parent training class when one of my children said, “I want to see that Kung Fu Panda movie. The one where he finds his REAL dad.” I felt my stomach tighten and I locked eyes with my oldest child in the rearview mirror and I heard him mumble, “Oh boy” because he knew exactly what speech was coming and what questions the child who said “real dad” would have to answer. I know it’s just a movie and these are just pretend panda relationships, but in our family we have […]

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Aug. 10, 2014

CANCELLED… Champaign County: Foster Family Fun & Fellowship

Due to lack of RSVP this event has been CANCELLED for Sunday.  We hope to get another one scheduled when more families are able to attend!  Please contact us if you are interested in joining us on a later date! Please join us (weather permitting – keep an eye on our facebook page for weather updates) for an awesome foster family fun and fellowship event! Kim Saveley, a foster parent in Champaign, has graciously agreed to host the event and is very excited to meet and network with fellow foster parents. Please come, bring your kids, & invite anyone interested […]

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Advocacy, Advocate Wednesdays, Foster ParentingJul. 9, 2014

Advocate Wednesday: This one goes out to all the foster parents

Today, I just want to encourage you. I want you to feel an overwhelming amount of love, support, and joy from these words. You have inspired me, given me hope, and challenged me over and over. I can’t possibly understand what it is like to be a parent, let alone a foster parent, as I have never had children. However, I do know that it is incredibly difficult work. Day in and day out you devote your life to the well being of your children. Everyday sacrificial love pours out from your heart and hands and is given to children […]

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