Fostering Blog

December 5, 2018

The 5 Best Christmas Gifts to Get for Kids in Foster Care

Every year when Thanksgiving gives way to Christmas time, we start to hear bells at stores. Trees appear with dangling Christmas ornaments that double as shopping […]
November 30, 2018

Our Journey to Foster Care

By guest blogger and foster mom, Brooke Blake Our journey to foster care didn’t officially begin until October of 2017. My husband, Brandon, and I mulled […]
October 28, 2018

Nobody’s a Hero, Nobody’s a Villain

I’ve always been a black & white person. Right or wrong… for or against… I’ve known where I stand. In my high school yearbook, one of […]
October 22, 2018

Present over Perfect

By guest blogger Jonathon Sampson There’s this nasty idea going around that foster parents are special, amazing, incredible people who’ve got it all figured out and […]
September 7, 2018

The Beach Day I Won’t Forget

By Andrea Schroder It was Friday, which meant beach day for our family. It’s one of our favorite times of the week to unwind, soak up […]
August 28, 2018

The Human Race

As much as I’d like to forget the hurt, the memory is etched into my mind. It was one of those moments that seem to come […]
August 23, 2018

Lessons from the Cereal Aisle

Their long sideways glances directed at me down the aisle let me know I was being watched. It put up my radar, and I casually watched […]
July 24, 2018

Finding the Words for Foster Parenting

  The first time I attended a retreat for foster and adoptive parents, I cried through most of it. For the first time in months, I […]
July 17, 2018

In the Trenches –What Fostering Taught Me I Didn’t Know

For many years I didn’t think foster care was a viable option for me. I was stuck in the same place as many, many people I […]
July 9, 2018

3 Ways to Be a Good Foster Parent

In my seven year experience living in foster care and the two years I spent working for DSS as a case manager, I came across some […]
July 4, 2018

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 […]
June 25, 2018

Heavy Loads: A DSS Case Manager’s Perspective

As someone who was placed in foster care (as a child) and also worked placing children in foster care (as a case worker in my young […]
June 20, 2018
Location: Columbia SC
June 20, 2018
Location: Columbia SC
June 20, 2018
Location: South Carolina
June 12, 2018

Finding Foster Parent Support: An Interview with Jason Johnson

To follow up on my review of The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care, I interviewed contributing author Jason Johnson for more ideas about how foster […]
June 5, 2018

The Beauty & Brokenness of Foster Care: A Foster Parent Support Resource

Being a foster parent is tough, and no one understands this fact better than a foster parent. That is why foster parents need other foster parents […]
June 2, 2018

Reluctant: When Your Spouse Doesn’t Share Your Desire to Foster

Recently, there’s been a shift in the number one response I get when people find out my husband, Phil, and I are foster parents. For the […]
May 19, 2018
Location: Irmo SC
November 27, 2017
Improving the SC Foster Care System, David White Interviewed

We Can All Change the World: An Interview with David White

In To the End of June, Cris Beam attempts to explain why the foster system is so troubled, and she leaves open the question, “What next?”  […]