Fostering Blog

August 22, 2019

Love You from Right Here: A Keepsake Book for Children in Foster Care| Written by Jamie Sandefer

I love children’s books. Through them, I discovered a love for reading, and I now enjoy experiencing them with my two daughters who are both emerging […]
August 13, 2019

SC Foster Home Fire Inspections

“It feels impossible to become a licensed foster home in South Carolina.” Have you ever heard someone say that before? Have you said that? It’s normal […]
August 7, 2019

The Best Cheat Sheet For Finding Support as a Foster Parent

When I first began fostering, I didn’t understand why other foster parents introduced themselves using their names and the number of kids who have lived with […]
August 7, 2019

Foster Parent: When You’re Tired, Hear These Words

A Commissioning for Local Foster Care, Adapted from Sarah Bessey‘s Commissioning Prayer Stand now, head up, you are loved, remember? You are loved, and you are […]
August 7, 2019
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What is Respite? The Easiest Way to Ease Into Foster Parenting

If you are considering becoming licensed for foster care, offering respite to current foster families can be a great way to ease yourself in slowly, while […]
August 7, 2019

10 Uncomfortable Questions Foster Parents Get Asked: And How to Answer Them

Foster families get lots of questions. Most are well-intentioned from friends and families wanting to understand foster care and how they can help. Some from strangers […]
August 7, 2019

A Letter to Foster Parents from a Bio Mom After Reunification

I am a (bio) mom. I lost my kid to the foster care system. It was heartbreaking and terrible. Here’s what I want all foster parents […]
August 6, 2019

Unique Foster Families

There is a huge need for more loving foster homes; 1900 in South Carolina alone. Care2Foster believes that any family that can care for traumatized children […]
July 30, 2019
Region 2 Placement DSS

Waiting for the Phone to Ring (And Wondering What Will Happen Next)

As I’m waiting for the phone to ring, I’m filled with such a mix of emotions: eagerness, anxiety, excitement, impatience, all-out fear. When we find ourselves […]
July 29, 2019
Young girl hugs a friend with a tear in her eye.

What You Really Should Know About Kids in Fostering Families

Let’s just be real. We love our kids and we want them to thrive, but we don’t have a crystal ball. We don’t know what is […]
July 23, 2019
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I am a REAL mom

Don’t you want a child of your own? It will be so different. Permanent. Don’t you want to be real mom? You’re so good at it. […]
July 23, 2019

What Makes a Great Foster Parent

Super heroes. Angels. Saints. One of the things we hear most often as foster parents is “oh, I could never do that!” But they don’t hand […]
July 16, 2019
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Feeling Inadequate as a Foster Parent, Until I Realize I’m Not

Yesterday was a rough day of fostering. The baby wouldn’t sleep in her crib, staying asleep in my arms but suddenly awake when laid in her […]
July 16, 2019
Foster Care "Going Home Party"

A Team Approach to Child Welfare

It’s easy to feel alone in the world of foster care, but when you reach out to others in the child welfare system, you’ll find that […]
July 9, 2019
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Who Else Is Waiting For Fostering to Get Easier?

So often when we talk about “the system,” we don’t have good things to say. We call it broken and failing and maybe we’ve even called […]
July 7, 2019
New placement bags on bed

Debunking the Myths of Children that Come Into Care

The foster care system can seem like a mystery from the outside. There are a lot of myths about who the children in foster care are […]
July 3, 2019
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The Truth About Being a Full-Time Working Foster Parent and Overcoming the Challenges

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of having a great career I was passionate about. I envisioned myself in a sleek pencil skirt […]
July 1, 2019
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Along for the Ride: When Someone You Love is a Foster Parent

When someone you love ❤️ becomes a foster parent, in some ways you’re along for the ride too. As the parent of a foster parent, Diane […]
June 26, 2019
biological children are the unsung heroes of foster care

The True Unsung Heroes: Impact of Fostering on Bio Kids

Author’s note: This article is based upon a speech I gave at Fostering Hope Columbia hosted by Care2Foster. About a month ago, a foster mom friend […]
June 24, 2019
5 simple ways to advocate for children in foster care without fostering

5 Simple Ways to Advocate for Children in Foster Care (Without Fostering)

Not everyone can be a foster parent. It’s a huge commitment. So this week we explore simpler ways to get involved with the foster care system. […]