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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingFeb. 16, 2018

Forgotten Friday | 3 Reasons Foster and Adoptive Families Will Isolate

In a world where technology connects people in more ways over any distance than in other time in history, we might be more isolated than ever. We seem to have lost our ability to, well, connect. I can hear you thinking, “Because of social media and technology, I reconnected with friends from high school and college.” or “I ‘talk’ to my family more often even though we live in different states or maybe countries.” Technology, however, will not ever replace community…doing life together. That just can’t happen via text, on social media, or in an online group forum. When you […]

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The Forgotten PodcastFeb. 12, 2018

Reframing Foster Care: Finding Hope in the Struggle with Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson shares highlights from his new book, Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel, to encourage us, whether we are in the trenches of foster parenting, considering becoming foster parents or trying to better support foster families. This is an episode full of hope and will remind you that you are not alone! God strategically and intentionally puts us in positions that we cannot handle without Him. That’s mercy. It constantly reminds us of our need for Him. –Jason Johnson Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 12, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Love Heals All

I hold on tight as I embrace the hug from my foster daughter. Her legs awkwardly fumble to get comfortable as she wraps them around me as if she were a mere toddler. Her small frame can be felt as I squeeze her tight and remind her just how much I love her. My heart hurts when I realize these hugs will not last forever, but I remind myself that with each warm embrace I am teaching her she deserves to be loved. That alone is worth it. I wipe the tears away from my 2-year-old’s eyes as she falls […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Vulnerable ParentsFeb. 9, 2018

Forgotten Friday | When the Church Loves the Vulnerable

I remember when the Lord first opened my eyes to the foster care world. It was November 2009 and my heart broke as I watched a video of a 6-year-old girl who was waiting for a foster home to be found for her. The worker sat with her and made multiple phone calls to potential foster parents and each one said no for one reason or another. My husband and I were in our own waiting season during that time and had also been facing multiple rejections. God used that moment, that experience, to awaken me to something I had […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 5, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Why You Should Never Give Up on Foster Care

I get it! Let me just say that clearly before we go too much further. I completely understand why people want to walk away from foster care altogether. If you’re not dealing with difficult case managers, a court system that says one thing but does another, birth parents who continually bail on visitations, you’re dealing with children who are pushing you to your absolute limit! We’ve been there. We have the scars to prove it. So, I get it. In 2008, just four years after we began taking placements, we had both had enough. One of our placements was diagnosed […]

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Children in Foster Care, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingFeb. 2, 2018

Forgotten Friday | On Being Real Sisters

Pulling up to our elementary school to pick up the girls last week and as I inched closer, I noticed they were both in tears. They were standing with their hands intertwined and locked at their sides and clearly holding back the full out ugly cry. They loaded in the minivan and Evy immediately burst into full out sobs, “They were making fun of us and said ‘you are not sisters.’” The other kids had clearly pointed out the first thing everyone notices about our family: Our children have different skin colors and therefore, in their grade school logic and […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 29, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Attachment Disorder: What Do You Do When a Child Attaches Too Quickly?

We often talk about attachment disorder from the perspective of the long awaited real hug, or genuine “I love you.” But what do you do when your child attaches too quickly? February in the Midwest is guaranteed to be bitter cold and filled with snow…well at least until this year. For the last three weeks we have had temperatures in the 70s and sunshine almost every day. Consequently, the grass is turning green and bulbs which should be dormant for another month are pushing through the soft earth and blooming just a bit too early. I have enjoyed these last […]

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Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingJan. 26, 2018

Forgotten Friday | A child in foster care wants and needs your messy life

You’re a saint, people tell me. Well, no I’m not. Let me show you what can happen in my ordinary family and how the Lord still uses us to provide a loving home for children in foster care. As I sat in the airport with my family waiting to board our 3-hour evening flight home from our vacation, our foster agency’s intake coordinator texted me. We weren’t even home yet! I guess she had noted on her calendar that we would be returning that day and would then be open to a new placement. A 3-month-old baby girl needed a […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 22, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Your Foster or Adopted Child Needs Space to Heal

Summertime with a son is so much different from when we didn’t have any kids. When it was just Danielle and I, summer wasn’t much different than any other time of the year. That is all different now that we have a six-year-old son. Danielle’s main summer job is thinking of ways to keep a very active boy busy. So we spend days at the swimming pool with friends, going out-of-state on a plane for the first time, vacation Bible schools, sports camps, visits to family and friends in other towns. Did I leave anything out? We easily could have […]

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The Forgotten PodcastJan. 15, 2018

A Story that Starts in Brokenness and Ends in Hope with Rob Parker

Rob Parker grew up in an abusive home and was headed for a life of ongoing generational dysfunction and abuse. Through the unconditional love of his two great aunts and the Spirit of God working through relationships and community, his life has instead become a message of hope, experiencing reconciliation in relationships, restoration in his heart and transformation in his life! The church is equipped like no one else to minister in ways that others aren’t, to make a real difference in people’s lives. –Rob Parker Growing up in an abusive home Rob recounts his childhood as a typical example […]

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