Fostering Blog

February 24, 2020

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

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February 24, 2020

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

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February 24, 2020

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

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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 […]
February 5, 2020

Lessons I Learned In the Middle of a Hard Season in Foster Care

I feel like a horrible foster parent today honestly. I feel like I’ve been fighting and fighting against everything within me that says to give up, […]
February 5, 2020

How Foster Care Created Our Community

I look back at the life we lived before foster care and I almost don’t recognize it. I am so grateful for so many of the […]
February 5, 2020

Protected: Grieving a Life Not Lived

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February 4, 2020

Be the Bridge: The Importance of Short-Term Foster Care

When Kids Need a Place to Sleep for the Night, Emergency Foster Homes Offer a Safe Landing Emergency foster care is a short-term care solution for […]
January 26, 2020

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Therapeutic foster care can be misunderstood. The children in therapeutic foster care may have many of the same or similar needs as children in regular care, […]
January 26, 2020

How Do You Know Your Marriage is Ready for Fostering?

How do you know your marriage is ready for fostering? I’ve heard the question before and I’ve never known how to answer. I think the truth […]
January 22, 2020

Fear of the Unknown: My First Thoughts When My Daughter Became a Foster Parent

“Did I tell you my son and daughter-in-law are getting licensed in foster care?” she blurted. She was scared. Angry even. She continued to vent, each […]
January 22, 2020

Foster Care in Your Own Backyard

I heard once that if the world were a village of 100 people that only 30 would have enough to eat, only one would have a […]
January 22, 2020
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I Want to Foster: Now How Do I Choose a Foster Care Licensing Agency?

When we decided to jump into foster care, we jumped blindly. What I might say was a leap of faith was really more about us being […]
January 19, 2020

Step One: Become an SC Foster or Adopt Family

The journey to and through foster care is not an easy one, but the more we understand the process and adjust our expectations, the better we […]
January 15, 2020
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Meet Jim Casserly: A Man Whose Job is to Help SC’s Foster Parents

Note: This post was originally published October 28, 2019. Effective February 1, 2020 – New SCDSS Foster Parent Liaison We want to thank Jim Casserly for […]
January 15, 2020

Open the Lines of Communication for Foster Parents

The Role of the Foster Parent Liaison If you’ve been fostering for any time at all, you know that there are a lot of questions that […]
January 6, 2020

Love and Loss in Foster Care: What I Learned When We Said Goodbye

I Thought I Couldn’t Let Them Go and Then I Did I am Tonya: a wife to Charlie and a mother to Bailey and Brittany, now […]
January 6, 2020

A Powerful Voice for Change: What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Guardian Ad Litems (GALs) or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) get to visit children in foster care and build relationships with them, taking the time to […]
December 10, 2019

My Trick for Successfully Fostering Teens: Look for the Gold

Teens are my favorite people because they are rowdy and sarcastic. My friends have often asked me how I handle their behavior. My answer is always […]
December 9, 2019
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Happier Holidays: 12 Tips for Celebrating Big Days as a Foster Family

Celebrating the holidays with children in your home creates wonderful and lasting memories, but also presents some unique challenges (and possibly causes stress and mixed emotions) […]
December 9, 2019
Teens need support as they age out of foster care

No One Deserves to Be Forgotten: A Teen’s Journey from Foster Care to Independence

No one wants to be forgotten. No one wants to be left behind. Katie once struggled as a teen in foster care to see her potential. […]
December 5, 2019

It’s Okay to Wonder: Helping Your Biological Children Navigate the Foster Care System

An Interview with Rhonda Wagner When Rhonda Wagner’s daughter and son-and-law decided to foster, she was worried about how foster care might affect her grandchild. Her […]
December 5, 2019
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Gifts that Give Back: 20 Gifts That Support Foster Care and Adoption

The stores are full. The cart is full. The wallet is empty. The holidays aren’t about the gifts. I know this. We all know this. But […]
December 1, 2019
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Less is More: Five Ways to Lower the Stress of the Holidays as a Foster Family

Big Days can be hard for kids and grown-ups alike. I’ve found that the stress, the anxiety, and even the excitement of celebrations can lead to […]
December 1, 2019
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A Season of Gratitude: What Foster Care Has Taught Me About Small Acts of Kindness

We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Thanksgiving has just passed and Christmas decorations dominate every store. There is something about this […]
November 26, 2019
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Can’t foster right now? There are plenty of other ways you can help children in foster care.

I wanted to foster, but I was scared. Here’s what I did. The decision to foster is huge. And scary. And often slow. If you’re anything […]
November 18, 2019
Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Marriage As Foster Parents!

Single Foster Mom to Married Adoptive Mom: Meet Crystal and Follow Her Story!

I’m Crystal. I’m a wife to John. We’ve been married 2 years in February 2020! But our love story started way back in 2014.  I’m a […]
November 14, 2019
Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Marriage As Foster Parents!

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Marriage As Foster Parents!

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. I spend about 83,000 of those seconds changing diapers, folding laundry, washing bottles, putting out fires caused by tiny […]
November 14, 2019
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Crash Course in Parenting: 5 Suggestions for Fostering When You Don’t Have Biological Kids

My mom always told my sister and I that we were her dream job; she always dreamed of being a mom. From a young age she […]