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Adoption, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, ReunificationNov. 13, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Speechless: Are you open to keeping this child permanently?

“Are you open to keep her permanently if her parents end up not completing their plan?” After a momentary plight of speechlessness, I managed to stutter a few words to the new social worker that I could not give her a concrete answer. I really had to wrestle with this idea of permanence. After nine years of fostering, how did I forget that this question would always be on the horizon if the birth parents did not complete their requirements for reunifying with their child? None of our foster children have ever stayed and we feel that God has called […]

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The Forgotten PodcastSep. 25, 2017

A Reunification Story

Greg Cox shares the story of losing his eight children into the child welfare system due to his neglect brought about by substance abuse. The situation became a catalyst in his own life to get clean and sober, and more importantly, to do what was necessary to be a full-time father to his children. Greg now serves others by being a parent mentor and coach. God gave me the opportunity to mend some damage that I caused as a result of my substance abuse. –Greg Cox Losing the children…and getting them back “God gave me the opportunity to mend some […]

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The Forgotten PodcastMar. 27, 2017

Overcoming the “I Could Nevers” of Foster Care

Fawn Kieser admits she was one of those parents who said with firm conviction, “I could never do foster care—I could never give them back.” But as she and her husband, Brent, took baby steps of faith, starting with just being willing to be moved by God to a new place that they never thought they’d be, she realizes that they have become survivors and overcomers. “Giving them back” was exactly what was required of the Kieser family, and their faith in God’s ability to do the impossible has grown tremendously because of it. The reality is, it’s very hard […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, ReunificationFeb. 10, 2017

Forgotten Friday | Praying for the Case Plan: Reunification Is the Primary Goal

Family and friends– I get it. We prayerfully make the decision to bring another child into our home and by doing so we unintentionally indirectly ask more from you in our relationship. Without warning we ask you love and accept a child we do not tell you much about. We assume you are willing to do this just because you share life with us. We indirectly ask you to celebrate with our home when things are good. We ask you to support us when things are rough. And, we sometimes put you in a situation to grieve the loss of […]

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Advocate Wednesdays, Vulnerable ParentsFeb. 25, 2015

Advocate Wednesday: This one goes out to all the reunified families

Reunified – what a beautiful word. You – dear mother, dear father – have done the hard work of proving to the court that you are a more than adequate parent for your child. You have been put to the test more than most parents ever will be. I am not here to judge or make a claim on whether or not it was fair or right for the children to be taken away in the first place (regardless, I have mourned with you), but I am here to rejoice with you that your children are back home and that […]

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