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Adoption, Advocacy, Aging Out Youth, Children in Foster Care, Education, Encouragement, Forgotten Fridays, Ways to ServeApr. 1, 2016

Forgotten Friday | When Children are Broken and Fatherless: A Call to Defend Them

I remember the girl who said to me, “I wish I had a normal life…” Her words pierced me through. It was a legitimate wish. Her life wasn’t normal, and I could convince neither her nor myself that it was. Instead of a home, she lived in a facility. I’d seen her room—the one that she’d sarcastically referred to as her jail cell. And to be fair to her, it did look like one—composed of nothing but a small bed and four concrete walls. But this was no jail, in the literal sense, as you or I would think of it. This […]

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Adoption, Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Education, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMar. 28, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | To the Parents of My Struggling Son’s Classmates

To the parents of my struggling son’s classmates: By this point in the school year, I’m sure your child has shared an “interesting” story about something strange, inappropriate, or distracting my son did in class. Maybe you’re part of the PTA or a volunteer in our kids’ classroom–if so, you’ve probably witnessed some of these behaviors yourself. I understand that an outsider may see or hear about these things and assume that my son is defiant, hyperactive, out of control, or that we (as his parents) are not strict enough. I understand why you may encourage your child to play […]

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Children in Foster Care, Education, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysMar. 14, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | What Does Foster Care Mean?

When I interviewed Andre for my blog One’s Life Reflects the Heart, I learned that what got the ball rolling for Andre to be adopted was his future brother asking his mother that question—What does foster care mean? I am sure that he is not the only one that doesn’t have a clear understanding of what it means. So how do you answer this question when someone asks this question? Especially if it is a child asking it? Here is a list of common questions with some great responses. You can find this original blog in its entirety on Kids […]

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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Education, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 15, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Understanding How Fear Impacts a Child

What do you do when you are afraid? Do you ball up your fists ready to fight? Or maybe you take off running as fast you can to get away from the danger. Perhaps you freeze not able to move a muscle or think rationally. What if you experienced chronic fear putting you on a constant state of alert? Would you be able to handle even the most basic tasks of life? How well would you relate to others? Could you even contemplate making plans for the future besides how you can survive? Often we identify bad behavior in a […]

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