Foster Parent Blogs & Podcasts
Read and listen to accounts from current foster parents in South Carolina as they recount their experiences fostering children
Each of these blogs has been carefully considered prior to listing on this site for the use of respectful language of all individuals and agencies in South Carolina's foster care system. However, Care2Foster™ does not necessarily share the viewpoints and opinions expressed in these blogs and is not liable for any information shared.
Jason is a writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys across the country so they can find the hope and support they need. Jason is a foster/adoptive parent in Texas and also works as the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). He is the author of ALL IN Orphan Care and The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care (see reviews here - link to Debby’s blog post). Jason has inspired and encourage many foster parents in South Carolina through his blog, social media posts, and multiple trips to this state.
Grace Church, Culturally Engaged
Grace Church is a non-denominal church with multiple campuses located in Upstate, South Carolina. Culturally Engaged is the outreach and missions ministry at the church. A central ministry to this church is supporting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through fostering and adoption. This blog features posts from multiple contributors in the church across several different ministries, but often highlights topics surrounding foster parenting.
Natalie Patterson on the Huffington Post
Natalie is a regular blog contributor for the Huffington Post. Natalie spends her days taking care of her four children. She is crazy about her husband, Josh, an educator who writes about more scholarly matters than she. Natalie is passionate about foster care, adoption, and connecting with other moms to bring hope to the hard places. In her free time, she can be found writing on her personal blog (www.nataliewpatterson.blogspot.com) or contributing to a number of others blogs. She craves real conversations in an often superficial world. Outside of Jesus and family, her favorite things in life are girlfriends, coffee, and college football. She also shares her fostering journey on her own blog: http://nataliewpatterson.blogspot.com.
Christy has been a child advocate since she was 10 years old. Having been raised in a family that fostered 45 children, Christy works tirelessly promoting foster care reform as well as being an advocate for adoption. Christy and her husband, Nigel, have one biological child and have adopted 8 children, three of which have challenging disabilities. Christy’s blog chronicles the realities of a very diverse family life, while actively seeking adoptive families for children in foster care.
Respite Redefined Blog
Respite redefined is an online community designed to encourage and equip families on their foster care and adoption journeys. It was started by Caitlyn, who adopted two children from foster care. Staff writer, Corrie, is a current foster parent in the Upstate of South Carolina. Read stories about fostering from multiple perspectives on this blog.
The Goldsmiths Journey
Jen and Joey began their journey seeking to adopt privately, but through an unexpected turn of events, decided to become foster parents instead. After nearly completing the application process, the couple found themselves pregnant with their third biological child, but that didn't hold them back from accepting foster children into their home. This blog follows their journey from adoption to fostering.
The Archibald Project Foster Stories
Listen to interviews with foster parents, children who were in foster care, and foster care professionals to learn more about fostering.
Respite Redefined Podcast
Listen to podcasts from a variety of foster parents about the struggles and joys of their fostering and adoption journeys.