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Faith for the long journey

There are no guarantees when raising children, and I've learned to let go of some of my expectations and love my children no matter what.

When kids aren’t ready to receive your love

While you may be drawn to fostering to love a child, please realize some kids aren’t ready to be loved—not by a stranger.

Did you really just say that?

Just because I work in foster care didn’t make it easier when strangers made comments to or about my family, but I found it helpful to have a ready response. Here are five I often used to diffuse an awkward or insensitive comment.

6 ways to look out for your kids when you're fostering

Our kids saw foster care as exciting—Yay! A new brother or sister!—but they soon realized there was more to it than that. Our life as a family flipped upside down with each new placement, so we followed these guidelines to make sure our kids were not overwhelmed.

Preparing your kids to become a foster family

Talk honestly with your children about what foster care is and how having another child in your home will affect them.

I needed safety

When José fled violence in South America, he knew education was his path forward in the U.S.

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Love is not enough, but it does not fail

As a first-time adoptive parent, Dr. Kimberly Offutt had an idealistic vision of what “happily ever after” would look like. As a foster care worker, she knew the need was great for teens with trauma history, and she thought she was ready. But love, it turns out, does not undo a child’s deep wounds.

All of this is worth it

Fostering medically fragile children takes extra time, effort, care, but Bethany provides training and support so foster parents like Dan and Katy can provide a safe place for children to heal and thrive.

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Welcome is in our DNA

Church ministries should be making it evident that all are welcome and cared for—including foster families.

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Fostering is just being part of our family

Will and Colleen don’t do anything halfway. So when they said yes to foster parenting, it changed their whole lives.

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