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June 18, 2020

The Day I Stopped Judging My Son’s Birth Mom

The first time I met my son’s birth mother she scowled at me. And she was good at it. I was intimidated. This was my first […]
January 22, 2020

Foster Care in Your Own Backyard

I heard once that if the world were a village of 100 people that only 30 would have enough to eat, only one would have a […]
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 […]
August 7, 2019

What is Respite? The Easiest Way to Ease Into Foster Parenting

If you are considering becoming licensed for foster care, offering respite to current foster families can be a great way to ease yourself in slowly, while […]
July 30, 2019

Waiting for the Phone to Ring (And Wondering What Will Happen Next)

As I’m waiting for the phone to ring, I’m filled with such a mix of emotions: eagerness, anxiety, excitement, impatience, all-out fear. When we find ourselves […]
March 26, 2019

Supporting Parents: Because It Matters

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 […]
October 28, 2018

In Foster Care, Nobody’s a Hero and 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

Kids Desire Present over Perfect Parents

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

Families Don’t Have to Match: But, Transracial Adoption isn’t Simple to Navigate

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 23, 2018

Lessons on Pride (and Prejudice) in Foster Care

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 […]
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 […]
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