Fostering Blog

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?”  […]
November 20, 2017
Truth about Challenged Foster Care System

To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

  The sad truth about the foster care system in the United States is it is literally failing.  In fact, it often harms the children it […]
November 13, 2017
SC Foster Child Lands Successful Career, Shares His Story Growing Up in Foster Care

The Impact My Foster Parents Had On Me

As I am sure many of you know, the key to a child being successful in foster care is stability. I know this because I was […]
November 6, 2017

The Hardest Goodbye

Our time with Kaden* was a gift. He had the biggest smile I had ever seen and he used it often. He was completely at peace […]
October 30, 2017
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Fostering is Not About Being Perfect

After reading Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison a second time and then writing my review of it, I contacted Carey, the friend who […]
September 5, 2017
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The Underdogs

One of my favorite things about fall has nothing to do with the cooler weather, the changing leaves, or the apples. Of course I enjoy all […]
May 16, 2017
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Knowing Things Most People Would Prefer to Forget

People become foster parents for a variety of reasons.  In Another Place at the Table, Kathy Harrison writes that her career as a foster parent began […]
May 9, 2017
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How A Man I Have Never Met Saved My Life

Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? Who will cry for the little boy? Lost and all alone. Who will cry for the little boy? Abandoned […]
May 2, 2017
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The First Call About A Foster Child

The kids and I were at the pool when the first call came in. Only 48 hours earlier, we had jumped for joy as we received […]