Fostering Blog

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 […]
March 4, 2020

Foster Parents Role in Court: Understanding the Court Process and Your Legal Rights

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 […]
March 4, 2020

5 Things SC Foster Parents Should Know About Healthcare Oversight of Children in Care

Improving Support Services for Foster Parents and Children in Foster Care: New Reforms Aim to Support a Child’s Holistic Health and Well-Being Today on #FosterFridayLive we […]
February 26, 2020

Seeking to Affirm and Encourage Black Girls: An Interview with Khristi Lauren Adams

I recently reviewed Parable of a Brown Girl by Kristi Lauren Adams as a book that could help foster families – especially ones who aren’t black […]
February 26, 2020

Celebrating Voices and Experiences Different than Your Own: A Quick Guide for Foster Parents

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams When you foster, you are likely welcoming into your family […]
February 25, 2020

We are Not Meant to Save Them, We are Meant to Love Them

One Family’s Fostering Journey “How did you and your husband begin to foster?” I get that question a lot. Lots of people wonder what made us […]
February 25, 2020

What Shared Parenting Actually Looks Like and How to Hold on To Hope

When we first started fostering we knew we wanted to be a resource to the kids, but also their family. Shared parenting is a relationship between […]
February 24, 2020

Why Foster Care: Our Non-Traditional Approach to Starting a Family

It started when our friends got pregnant. We knew it would. Baby fever hit our friend group like a ton of bricks! Everyone was talking about […]
February 24, 2020

Not Easy, But Worth It: Fighting for a Relationship With My Adopted Daughters’ First Mama 

The very first time I met my now adopted daughters’ first mama, I knew it was her before we were even introduced. I walked into the […]
February 23, 2020

Family Bonds Matter: Why Kinship Care is a Priority

“Kinship care refers to a temporary or permanent informal arrangement in which a relative or non-related adult (also known as fictive kin) has assumed the full […]
February 10, 2020
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No One Is An Island: The Power of Community Support for A Single Foster Mom

Not Everyone Can Foster, But Everyone Can Do Something Finding or creating a community of support looks different for every foster family based on your needs […]