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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Prayer, Reunification, Vulnerable ParentsOct. 15, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Finding Joy in the Little Things

Something about babies always makes people smile. Their supposed innocence, adorable baby rolls, toothless grins, contagious laughter, and the freshness of their smooth skin and simple being all in one miniature person. Joy. Smiles. Perfect strangers will reach out and touch (and even kiss) babies they have never seen before. Once, I had even witnessed a stranger sit herself down at the table with Baby S and her birth mom to start a conversation. What makes that ok? Somehow, personal space doesn’t exist for babies. As I sit at yet another birth parent visit in a quiet mall food court […]

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Prayer, Will You Pray WednesdayDec. 14, 2016

Will You Pray? | TFI’s December Prayer Letter

Christmas Greetings! Though the Christmas holidays have many of us feeling merry and bright, the feelings experienced by children in foster care are often very different. Instead of joyful anticipation, Christmas can be a time of confusion and loss, sadness and grief. For children in foster homes, Christmas is often a reminder that their biological family is broken. It is during the holidays when families are supposed to be together, but this is not the case for children in care. This month as we celebrate Jesus coming and being PRESENT with us, will you join us to pray for His PRESENCE to be a comfort for the children in foster care? […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, PrayerDec. 12, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | How Our Family Makes Decisions in Foster Care

One simply complex decision to take the next step to sign up for foster parent classes flowed into licensing and saying yes to our first placement. Since then, we have stood countless crossroads, sometimes paralyzed by the whirl of opinions and choices and what ifs. And nothing, NOTHING, is ever as easy as it appears. The variables in a case are often too many to number. It’s impossible to give adequate time considering each one. Case workers, licensing agencies, birth parents, extended family, our own kids, transportation issues, behavior challenges and our own exhaustion distort our view. There’s no formula that […]

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Encouragement, Prayer, Uncategorized, Will You Pray WednesdayNov. 23, 2016

Will You Pray Wednesday | TFI Prayer Letter

Dear Partners in Prayer, 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why we utter the Amen through Him, to the glory of God. When it comes to comparing the promises of man with the promises of God, the fact is that man’s promises are often fleeting and unfulfilled, even when given with good intentions. Broken people break promises. What we hope is a “yes” becomes a “no” resulting in discouragement and loss of hope and trust. This is especially true for those in the world of foster care. However, […]

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PrayerOct. 26, 2016

Will You Pray Wednesday | TFI Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends, It is true that virtually all children who enter into the foster care system have had painful, difficult, and stressful experiences.  For some children the experiences can be described as “traumatic.” This means the life of the child or the life of someone who is very important to the child has been threatened in some way. These experiences are damaging to children. Victims of trauma have recurring memories of what they have experienced or seen to the point that they cannot sleep, struggle in relationships, and lose hope. Though the wounds that come from trauma are usually not visible, […]

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