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January 15, 2020

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

Note: This post was originally published October 28, 2019. Effective February 1, 2020 – New SCDSS Foster Parent Liaison We want to thank Jim Casserly for […]
January 15, 2020

Open the Lines of Communication for Foster Parents

The Role of the Foster Parent Liaison If you’ve been fostering for any time at all, you know that there are a lot of questions that […]
January 6, 2020

Love and Loss in Foster Care: What I Learned When We Said Goodbye

I Thought I Couldn’t Let Them Go and Then I Did I am Tonya: a wife to Charlie and a mother to Bailey and Brittany, now […]
January 6, 2020

A Powerful Voice for Change: What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Guardian Ad Litems (GALs) or Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) get to visit children in foster care and build relationships with them, taking the time to […]
December 10, 2019

My Trick for Successfully Fostering Teens: Look for the Gold

Teens are my favorite people because they are rowdy and sarcastic. My friends have often asked me how I handle their behavior. My answer is always […]
December 9, 2019

Happier Holidays: 12 Tips for Celebrating Big Days as a Foster Family

Celebrating the holidays with children in your home creates wonderful and lasting memories, but also presents some unique challenges (and possibly causes stress and mixed emotions) […]
December 9, 2019

No One Deserves to Be Forgotten: A Teen’s Journey from Foster Care to Independence

No one wants to be forgotten. No one wants to be left behind. Katie once struggled as a teen in foster care to see her potential. […]
December 5, 2019

It’s Okay to Wonder: Helping Your Biological Children Navigate the Foster Care System

An Interview with Rhonda Wagner When Rhonda Wagner’s daughter and son-and-law decided to foster, she was worried about how foster care might affect her grandchild. Her […]
December 5, 2019

Gifts that Give Back: 20 Gifts That Support Foster Care and Adoption

The stores are full. The cart is full. The wallet is empty. The holidays aren’t about the gifts. I know this. We all know this. But […]
December 1, 2019

Less is More: Five Ways to Lower the Stress of the Holidays as a Foster Family

Big Days can be hard for kids and grown-ups alike. I’ve found that the stress, the anxiety, and even the excitement of celebrations can lead to […]
December 1, 2019

A Season of Gratitude: What Foster Care Has Taught Me About Small Acts of Kindness

We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. Thanksgiving has just passed and Christmas decorations dominate every store. There is something about this […]
November 26, 2019

Can’t foster right now? There are plenty of other ways you can help children in foster care.

I wanted to foster, but I was scared. Here’s what I did. The decision to foster is huge. And scary. And often slow. If you’re anything […]
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