Fostering Blog

August 21, 2020

Simple Tips for Being a Great Parent While Working From Home

Fostering kids is one of the most rewarding things you can take on, but it also comes with its challenges. Add in the fact that you’re […]
August 20, 2020

Empowering Advocacy in Your Foster Home

We are born advocates. From the first time we cry, we are advocating for ourselves. From that point on we learn how to ask for help […]
August 14, 2020

What Does Having a Foster Care “Village” Really Mean?

I got a ding on my phone and it was that familiar number from placement. “We have a baby girl who is currently in the NICU. […]
August 5, 2020

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

I’m tired.  And I know you are, too. Tired of quarantining, wearing masks, sanitizing, and social distancing. Tired of the news. Tired of bad news and […]
July 10, 2020

It’s the One-Year Mark with our Foster Daughter, and I’m Filled with Emotion

Today marks exactly one year that our precious foster daughter has been with us. 365 days. She is 18 months old. That means she has lived […]
July 6, 2020

Saying Goodbye in Foster Care

Gone, Gone Last Tuesday was a day that we had been dreading for awhile. It was the day that Little Buddy, who had been with us […]
June 29, 2020

Making Memories to Last a Lifetime

Foster parents need to walk a lot of tightropes. One of the most challenging is striking a healthy balance between loving hard and letting go. While […]
June 24, 2020

Learning to Love in Uncertainty: Baby Steps into the Unknown

You can’t expect what’s coming. You can’t anticipate it. What you can know is that, when you follow with God, He’s going to put steps in […]
June 24, 2020

Getting Too Attached in Foster Care: I’m No Longer Worried

Countless people have said to me, “I could never foster because I’d become too attached.” I understand many different reasons for not fostering, but honestly I […]
June 18, 2020

The Day I Stopped Judging My Son’s Birth Mom

The first time I met my son’s birth mother she scowled at me. And she was good at it. I was intimidated. This was my first […]
May 27, 2020

Fostering Offers Flexibility in Age and Gender Preference (But I Don’t Foster Babies Because They Are Cute and Easy)

The decision to become a foster family is never easy. The idea can seem overwhelming when you hear about aspects of providing care that will be […]
May 27, 2020

Make a Life-Long Impact: Foster a Teen

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a foster parent.  I don’t recall when it all began, but growing up we had […]
May 5, 2020

What Age Should I Foster? Reflecting On Age Range Preferences After Two Years as a Foster Parent

Adjusting Expectations and Embracing Who You Are as a Foster Parent Most new parents-to-be know exactly what to expect. There are full libraries of books on […]
April 28, 2020

What if a child is placed in my home and it isn’t working out?

Fear and Failure: My Lowest Point as a Foster Parent There is real risk for families entering foster care. Sometimes the risk is superficial. We risk […]
April 24, 2020

The Foster Care System Isn’t Perfect, and Neither Am I

As a relatively new foster parent, I’ve tried to learn everything I can about the child welfare system, the various court hearings and timelines for each, […]
April 23, 2020

Stepping Forward with Compassion, Rather than Standing Back in Judgement

As adults, we all have to strike a balance between opposing forces: work and personal lives, time for ourselves and time for our children and our […]
April 22, 2020

Five Things You Should Know about Fostering (While Single)

I was a single woman living in a one-bedroom apartment when I felt the pull to foster. I brushed it off. I worked a full time […]
April 22, 2020

The Emotional Support I Need as a Foster Parent Right Now: Navigating Life During a Pandemic

Foster care is hard. It is filled with uncertainties, inconveniences, and heartbreak. I’ve dealt with my fair share of each.  My husband and I have been […]
April 16, 2020

Getting Creative Under Quarantine: Supporting Foster Families During COVID-19

We just found out that our foster license was approved, and while we eagerly await our first placement, we are committed to continuing to step into […]
April 15, 2020

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (And Fostering!)

My husband, Zach, and I began the process to become foster parents when our oldest son was only nine months old. We had been talking about […]
April 3, 2020

Embrace the Wait: Thoughts As We Prepare to Become Licensed Foster Parents

We were squealing with excitement when our licensing worker told us, at the very end of our final home study, that she would be recommending us […]
March 31, 2020

Should I Foster Out of Birth Order?

Thoughts from One Family on Successfully Fostering Older Children One of the first things that you may consider as you think about opening up your home […]
March 30, 2020

Helping Kids in Care Stay Connected to Family During Uncertain Times

Across the nation, we are all currently wrestling with responding to the global pandemic of COVID-19, and the many different impacts it has made on our […]
March 26, 2020

There is No Right Answer in Foster Care: Answering Placement Calls in the Time of Coronavirus

There is no doubt we are parenting in uncertain times right now. Parenting is always hard. Foster parenting is hard too, if not harder. With schools […]
March 25, 2020

Handling a Pandemic as a Foster Parent: I Just Left the Grocery Store in Tears

I need to stay connected with other people. As an extreme extrovert, it’s always been a huge part of who I am and how I function. […]
March 18, 2020

Sharing Memories with Parents Makes Childhood Milestones That Much Sweeter

A few months ago, the sweet baby girl we are currently fostering took her first two steps. It was several weeks before her first birthday, and […]
March 18, 2020

A Letter to My Daughter and All the Other Foster Mamas

When my daughter and son-in-law first stepped into foster care, it was an “aha” moment for me. I say this because the many hard challenges they […]
March 18, 2020

Fostering During These Unprecedented and Uncertain Times

Let me start by saying by the time I write this and it gets proofread and posted, it already will be out of date. Every aspect […]
March 13, 2020

Parenting in the Digital Age: Navigating Devices, Technology, and Social Media with Kids of All Ages

Parents always want to focus on their relationship with their children. The digital age may pose some challenges to that. Parents need to lead by example […]
March 4, 2020

Understanding The Different Types of Foster Care Hearings

Court can be confusing, producing anxiety for even seasoned foster parents. It is important to understand the court process and your role as a foster parent […]