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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 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 […]
November 18, 2019

Single Foster Mom to Married Adoptive Mom: Meet Crystal and Follow Her Story!

I’m Crystal. I’m a wife to John. We’ve been married 2 years in February 2020! But our love story started way back in 2014.  I’m a […]
November 14, 2019

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected in Your Marriage As Foster Parents!

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. I spend about 83,000 of those seconds changing diapers, folding laundry, washing bottles, putting out fires caused by tiny […]
November 14, 2019

Crash Course in Parenting: 5 Suggestions for Fostering When You Don’t Have Biological Kids

My mom always told my sister and I that we were her dream job; she always dreamed of being a mom. From a young age she […]
November 13, 2019

10 Items Every Foster Home Needs Before The First Placement

I remember starting the foster care licensing process and not really knowing anything about what to expect. Every time the case worker was coming over I’d […]
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

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 […]
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