Fostering Blog

November 27, 2017

We Can All Change the World: An Interview with David White

In To the End of June, Cris Beam attempts to explain why the foster system is so troubled, and she leaves open the question, “What next?”  […]
November 20, 2017
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To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care

  The sad truth about the foster care system in the United States is it is literally failing.  In fact, it often harms the children it […]
November 13, 2017

The Impact My Foster Parents Had On Me

As I am sure many of you know, the key to a child being successful in foster care is stability. I know this because I was […]
November 6, 2017

The Hardest Goodbye

Our time with Kaden* was a gift. He had the biggest smile I had ever seen and he used it often. He was completely at peace […]
October 30, 2017
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Fostering is Not About Being Perfect

After reading Another Place at the Table by Kathy Harrison a second time and then writing my review of it, I contacted Carey, the friend who […]
September 5, 2017
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The Underdogs

One of my favorite things about fall has nothing to do with the cooler weather, the changing leaves, or the apples. Of course I enjoy all […]
May 16, 2017
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Knowing Things Most People Would Prefer to Forget

People become foster parents for a variety of reasons.  In Another Place at the Table, Kathy Harrison writes that her career as a foster parent began […]
May 9, 2017
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How A Man I Have Never Met Saved My Life

Who Will Cry for the Little Boy? Who will cry for the little boy? Lost and all alone. Who will cry for the little boy? Abandoned […]
May 2, 2017
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The First Call About A Foster Child

The kids and I were at the pool when the first call came in. Only 48 hours earlier, we had jumped for joy as we received […]
April 25, 2017
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Aging Out of Foster Care in SC: An Interview with Michael VonCannon

In The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, we meet Victoria, a young woman who ages out of the foster system in California, and we […]
April 18, 2017
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We Fostered One For A Year

At 23 years old and with a couple years of marriage under our belt, we decided to become foster parents. The first child placed with us […]
April 11, 2017
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How Fostering Impacted My Children

Early on, one of the concerns that weighed on us (as well as others close to us) was how becoming a foster family would affect our […]
March 29, 2017
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My Parents Who “Neglected Me”

My parents had many many problems. My father was an abusive alcoholic and abused hard drugs. My mother abused drugs and committed credit card fraud over […]
March 23, 2017

Hope & Redemption in “The Language of Flowers”

The first book I want to discuss is a work of fiction, not a book specifically about foster care, but it does illuminate some of the […]
March 13, 2017
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How I Entered Foster Care

I was born in Charleston, South Carolina in the late eighties. From as early as I could remember I lived in a broken home. I was […]
March 6, 2017

The Feeling & The Fear

I vividly remember the feeling. It started deep in my soul and it just wouldn’t go away. I desperately wanted to do something to help, yet I […]
March 1, 2017

Wanted: Everyday Heroes! Capes Optional.

Ever since I read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl in fifth grade, stories of the Holocaust have mesmerized me.  In Germany and German-occupied […]
February 27, 2017
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Considering Fostering?

Fostering a child is a life-changing experience, many say. Why? Well, you are allowing your family dynamic to adjust, in order to selflessly take care of […]