Fostering Blog

October 13, 2019

The Single Most Important Skill a Foster Parent Can Hone If They’re in It for the Long Haul

You can’t pour from an empty cup ☕️. Self-care for foster parents is an important tool in the hard work of fostering kids from hard places. […]
October 10, 2019

The Battle Against the Minivan: Fostering Won, and I Lost

I knew instantly that I would love Kristen Howerton when I read her bio, “In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle […]
October 10, 2019

Do SC Foster Parents Get Financial Assistance?

Understanding the SC Foster Care Stipend Money is always a touchy subject. Nobody wants to ask, but everyone wants to know- “do foster parents get paid?” […]
October 10, 2019

Adopting From Foster Care: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Foster Care by definition is meant to be temporary. When I started fostering it never occurred to me to think about adoption. I was loving a […]
October 6, 2019

The 7 Adoption Doubts I Felt Too Guilty to Voice Until I Realized I Wasn’t Alone

Today on #FosterFridayLive we are getting REAL about adopting from foster care with mama to many, Christina. She is going to share her personal story about […]
September 29, 2019

Relationships are Key in Advocating for Your Child’s Academic Success

As foster parents try to serve and support the children in their care, finding the right resources and services for them to thrive academically can be […]
September 29, 2019

The Middle Space: Getting Unstuck and Starting the Foster Parent Process

Somewhere in between an initial interest in foster care and committing to become a foster parent, is a middle space. In our talks with people, we’ve […]
September 27, 2019

5 Reasons We Also Need Foster Parents That Don’t Have Kids Yet

I have been a mother to twelve beautiful children. I have loved them fiercely and fully. I have laughed as they learned to talk and their […]
September 23, 2019

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Respite Care

Have you ever heard that foster care “takes a village?” It truly does! We are all in this crazy journey together, my friends. We all occasionally […]
September 18, 2019

Your Love and Empathy Can Change Lives: Interview with Jamie Sandefer

I loved Jamie Sandefer’s keepsake book, Love You from Right Here, so much that I wanted to learn how she was inspired to write it. Below […]
September 15, 2019
Early Intervention

Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

Early brain and childhood development 👶 are crucial. For many children entering foster care, development has been delayed due to emotional stress and trauma 🚨. For […]
September 12, 2019
Keep Talking about Fostering - Fostering Hope Columbia

Why Do I Keep Talking about Fostering?

A few months ago, I spoke at Fostering Hope, a recruiting event hosted by Care2Foster, in the Midlands about the impact of fostering on my biological […]
September 12, 2019
Foster Care Home Study Shower

10 Perfect Gift Ideas for a New Foster Family

We’ve all been to baby showers and seen a pregnant mom open up boxes of tiny baby clothes and blankets. We’ve seen all the pre-made registry […]
September 9, 2019
Sibling bonds in foster care

Key Benefits of Sibling Bonds in Foster Care

Your relationships with your brothers and sisters are the often the longest-lasting you will ever have. Many sibling groups, already devastated by the trauma of entering […]
September 9, 2019
Foster Care Impacts Biological Children in Positive Ways

Guide to Going Home: A Review of Foster Care from the Child’s Perspective

How do you explain foster care to a child who has never experienced it? Or who has never even had to consider what life may be […]
September 9, 2019
A Bio Mom's Reflections on Her Daughter's Time in Foster Care

A Mom’s Reflections on Her Daughter’s Time in Foster Care

Dhestiny’s daughter Ava was placed in foster care for seven months. It was the worst time of her life. She wrote this letter to the foster […]
September 6, 2019
3 Things Every Foster Family Should Know About Relationships with Bio Family

3 Things Every Foster Family Should Know About Relationships with Bio Family

Navigating relationships with your foster kiddos bio family is important. We hear this repeatedly in our trainings and from our case workers, but sometimes it still […]
August 29, 2019
Foster Family - Children in SC Foster Care

Who Are The Children in SC Foster Care?

Approximately one in every 10 foster children has been the victim of physical abuse, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau. There’s the […]
August 26, 2019
Safety Tips to Prevent My Biggest Parenting Fear

Foster Mom Brain: Safety Tips to Prevent My Biggest Parenting Fear

Foster care has brought a lot of kids into our home. So many in fact, that we went out and bought a minivan (a story for […]
August 26, 2019
Foster Care Impacts Your Marriage and Relationships

When Your Spouse Wants to Foster

Navigating the Challenges of Marriage as Foster and Adoptive Parents Parenting is a lot of work- adoptive and foster parenting is A LOT of work. How […]