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Children in Foster Care, Education, Encouragement, Family Support, The Forgotten Podcast, Ways to ServeMar. 11, 2019

The Power of a Surrendered Heart

Are you a foster parent, serving and loving kids in your home, but are unable to quiet the nudge in your heart to do more? Today you will hear Wendy Carlton’s journey of quiet prayer to foster care and then foster care advocacy.You will learn ways you are needed to make a difference in the lives of children, too! ABOUT OUR GUEST Wendy and her husband are a foster family who has been blessed to meet and love eight great kids in the past three years. They were doubly blessed to adopt their first foster child and make him their […]

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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, Education, Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Mental Health, The Forgotten Podcast, TraumaFeb. 11, 2019

When Mental Health and Trauma Intersect: Finding the Path Towards Healing

ADHD, ODD, RAD—these letters represent mental health diagnoses that commonly label our children in foster care. But are they accurate diagnoses for your child? What role does trauma play in your child’s behaviors? Today’s episode is super practical and will leave you with the resources and help you need to understand your child better and walk with them towards healing. MEET OUR GUEST Jenn Hook is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) educator and previously worked as a trauma specialized therapist for kids in foster care. She is the director of Replanted Ministry and Refresh Chicago and has recently authored the new book, “Replanted: […]

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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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Children in Foster Care, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, The Forgotten PodcastJan. 14, 2019

Lessons Learned from Growing Up in a Fostering Family

Can you imagine being the oldest of 5 biological children and having over 50 therapeutic foster siblings throughout your childhood? Rophe Mason tells her story of growing up in a fostering family; listen in as she vulnerably shares how they navigated these waters, established boundaries and shared God’s love with children who needed it the most. MEET OUR GUEST Rophe Mason is a resident of Hanover, MA. Originally from Alabama, she and her family relocated to the area 3 years ago. During the day Rophe works in elementary school fundraising all over the New England area. Her role allows her […]

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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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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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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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