Guest Blogger: Foster Mama Reflects on the First Hello and Goodbye

In May of 2016, our family made a decision to change our lives forever. We decided to join a system I'd been part of as a baby over 42 years ago.  We believed God called us to grow our family one little life at a time through foster care. 
We were licensed in September, and then by October we were picking up the 2 week old baby boy we'd been praying for.  For 18 1/2 months we helped him grow and learn. For 81 weeks, we watched as he explored this awesome world.  For 567 days, we taught him what a safe, stable and loving family/home is like.  Now, this baby boy lives with his forever family, a family we love, who will give him a lifetime of chances and opportunities.  
Is foster care difficult? ABSOLUTELY!  God never said following Him would be easy. It's hard to see his empty bed and it's quiet without his footsteps.  But, it's incredible to see how God protected him from harm, used us to care for him for a season, and then provided him a family that will be there…

Guest Blogger: Life Interrupted.

This foster mother shared her reflection on Mother's Day, and I thought I'd share it with you!

"When I left you today I was driving to Ingles and got emotional thinking about the first time I met Jeremy. You texted in a group message that foster parents volunteers were needed to sit with a very sick baby. I actually was supposed to go to a work Christmas party that night. I decided not to go to that party because I needed to be at GHS that night. I’m so thankful I received that text, and the Lord let my heart receive him. Gosh, Jeremy has blessed my family in immeasurable ways. Every single person who meets him is crazy about him, I can’t blame them! He’s precious. I never thought my love for my biological children could ever be equal to a child I didn’t birth! Boy, was I wrong!"

The rest of her story is certainly worth sharing! 

The part of the story she didn't mention is that she still said that yes, to show up at a hospital for that baby, when her first plac…

Guest Foster Parent Blogger: The Child on Your Doorstep

Jessica Edhlund, Mama of 2 and foster mama the past two years to nine children (so far) shares her heart today on the blog!

No one understands the need for more foster parents better than foster parents themselves. Many of us are maxed out and doing more than we ever thought we could. Foster care is a community issue, not an individual one.

Community members who have the great fortune of having a stable home environment and an extra bed or two can consider pitching in. Foster parents are not special people with extraordinary talents or the super human ability to not get too attached. They are regular people who decided that vulnerable children in their community deserve a safe place in a family instead of having to move far away or live in a group home.

Yes, sometimes there is discomfort or emotional pain that is endured by foster parents. Better us capable adults than them.

Imagine this: a child with no where to go and a dangerous living situation shows up on your doorstep needin…

The Backwards Life: Jesus won't be asking to see any "bucket lists."

Ann Voskamp, in her book The Broken Way, dares readers to consider that life should be lived backwards if we want true abundance Jesus talks about believers experiencing.

"When you are filled to the brim with the enoughness of Christ, the only way you can possibly have more is to pour yourself out. The only way to more life is by pouring out more of yourself."

Feel something missing in life? Why not consider giving and serving instead of another temporal trip or purchase?

Voskamp adds, "What if living the abundant life isn't about having better stories to share but about living a story that lets others live better?”

Consider eternity, she says, and live backwards from there.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you ga…
Our Foster Care Journey: Stepping out to try Respite Care By Mary H, Fostering Faithfully Respite Care provider, now licensing!  
Just over two years ago I began to feel the tug on my heart regarding children in foster care. I felt like I heard the need for foster parents advertised everywhere and even spent time crying in our living room floor heartbroken for the children with no one to tuck them in at night. So I started praying. God, what can I do? I need to do something, but I don't know what? Well, the Lord answers prayers and soon after Foothills Community Church played a video talking about foster care in our area advertising an evening class to get more information. I told my husband I had to go and he, not quite sure what to do with my new conviction, went with me.
The class and continued prayers only increased our belief that we were supposed to get involved with foster care and it gave us a place to start. A big part of me was ready to jump right in and become a full t…

You Don't Have to be Perfect!

We desperately need foster parents for teenagers!

Show Some Love to Social Workers Month!

March is National Professional Social Work Month

Social workers are unsung heroes in our community. Unless you are in the trenches of foster care, (which so few are) you might not know that social workers have a thankless, disturbing, and overwhelming amount of work to do each day. Just this past week a caseworker was at my home at 9pm one night, and then again at 7pm another night bringing my beloved foster child home.

Social workers are a gateway for many families in crisis to receive much needed services to repair their families. They are also the first point of contact for a foster child, guardian ad litem, and foster parents who are all working together to care for an abused or neglected child.

Caseworkers are expected to take a work week with 173 hours and cram about 300 hours of work into that week. Caseworkers at DSS often have at least 30 children/families to serve. That may not sound like too many except that due to our shortage of foster homes half or more of those…