Fostering Blog

November 11, 2019

How Does the Foster Care Placement Process Work?

Every foster parent remembers their first placement call. The anxiety. The excitement. Today on #FosterFridayLive, Martha, a Placement Coordinator for SC DSS Upstate Foster Family and Licensing […]
November 4, 2019
Jolli

A Lot of Holes Left Empty: Being a Teen in Foster Care

Jolli entered foster care as a teen and her whole life changed. She was separated from the only world that she had ever known. She felt […]
November 4, 2019

Things Change

In life, things can change quickly. I’m convinced no one understands this better than foster families. Learning to be flexible is a life skill that everyone […]
October 28, 2019
Navigating Healthcare for Kids in Foster Care

Struggling to Navigate Healthcare: Advice for Foster Parents

Children often come into foster care with some type of health issue or concern that has been previously untreated. We know that trauma and adversity impact […]
October 28, 2019
Mike Leach, SC DSS

Meet DSS State Director Mike Leach: A Man Determined to Get Things Right

Mike Leach became the State Director for South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) just five short months ago, and he’s already creating positive changes for […]
October 28, 2019
Jim Casserly, SC DSS

Meet Jim Casserly: A Man Whose Job is to Help SC’s Foster Parents

The rumors you may have heard are true: the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) is shaking things up. There is a major movement occurring […]
October 20, 2019
Matt Alley, NewSpring Church

How Can Churches Support Foster Care?

Care2Foster believes that any family that has a loving home would make an excellent foster family regardless of religious affiliation. However, many places of worship see […]
October 13, 2019
Corrie Foster Parent Self Care

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
SC epay

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
Foster Care Adoption

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
Adoption Doubts: Foster Care

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
SC Read

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
Family Foster; no bio kids

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
Respite Care

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
Love You From Right Here

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 […]