Fostering Blog

June 11, 2019
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Finding Meaning in the Mess of Foster Care When It’s Really Hard

Last night I fell asleep to the sound of crying. This morning I woke up to the sound of crying. When I left daycare drop off, […]
April 6, 2019

Always Worth It

We live in a world obsessed with a happy ending. It makes sense. Most people have stress in their lives from family problems, work struggles, or […]
March 26, 2019

Supporting Birth Parents

After reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch, I thought about the birth parents of children in foster care. I searched for a book dedicated entirely to […]
March 16, 2019

White Oleander: Effects of a Mother’s Presence & Absence

Understanding who our parents are and how they relate to our identity is part of growing up.  This fact is particularly true for children who experience foster […]
March 12, 2019

Foster Share

Sometimes the little things, like sharing your story, can make a huge difference in this world.
February 21, 2019

Resolving to Find More by Doing Less

Do you ever think about your life and wonder if there could be more?  I do.   But I’ll be honest. Most days, I wish there […]
January 9, 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 […]
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