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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 […]
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 12, 2019

Create the Life You Choose: An Interview with Bridget Farr

Last month, we reviewed Bridget Farr’s debut young adult novel, Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home. It is the story of an Indian-American sixth grader in […]
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 […]
November 4, 2019

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 […]
October 28, 2019

Meet DSS State Director Mike Leach: A Man Determined to Get Things Right

Mike Leach became the State Director for South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) just five short months ago, and he’s already creating positive changes for […]
October 13, 2019

The Single Most Important Skill a Foster Parent Can Hone If They’re in It for the Long Haul

You can’t pour from an empty cup ☕️. Self-care for foster parents is an important tool in the hard work of fostering kids from hard places. […]
October 10, 2019

The Battle Against the Minivan: Fostering Won, and I Lost

I knew instantly that I would love Kristen Howerton when I read her bio, “In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle […]
October 6, 2019

The 7 Adoption Doubts I Felt Too Guilty to Voice Until I Realized I Wasn’t Alone

Today on #FosterFridayLive we are getting REAL about adopting from foster care with mama to many, Christina. She is going to share her personal story about […]
September 29, 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 […]
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