Lori and I aren’t on the respite and emergency care list. However, we have gotten three phone calls in the past six weeks because of emergency situations. A few weeks ago we received a call asking if we could take care of a 4-year-old girl …Continue reading →
Since becoming foster parents, we have relied on our friends, family, neighbors and other members of our support network more than ever. This is a community of supporters that we can call at any hour to give us a sense of peace. Hopefully we can pass this community along to the kids who enter our home.
We are so thankful for the people who have brought over a meal, run an errand to get dishwashing detergent or pull-ups, brought over …Continue reading →
No one who has known us for a long time is surprised that we have become foster parents. Personally, I am always a little annoyed by the people who easily say “yes” to life-changing decisions. “We toured this house once, and immediately put in an offer.” Nothing against them, it’s just not me. I was the girl who needed to go to every store within 10 (okay mom, 20) miles, and then back to the first before buying my prom dress. My partner and I were together six years before getting married and …Continue reading →
When we made the decision to begin the process to become licensed foster parents, ourbiological children were quite young. Our oldest son was 6 and our youngest was just 2 years old. We included them in the decision-making and preparations as much as we could, but they had no idea what our family was really in for.
From the moment we got our first placement call, our boys were overjoyed! …Continue reading →
I love my birthday. I simply love the attention, gifts and parties. It’s never not fun for everyone to celebrate me! But, my 28th birthday wasn’t about me at all. Before you start feeling bad for me, I need to clarify. My birthday this year fell on one of the best days of my life – the day I got to (finally) adopt my daughter.
It had been almost 2-1/2 years since this precious, smiling baby was brought to my door. …Continue reading →
One morning as I was making breakfast, I paused to listen to the giggles coming from our bedroom upstairs. Lucy and daddy were wrestling! Knowing that Lucy had just woken up a few minutes prior to the wrestling match, Gene suggested she take a potty break. As Lucy was running back to him from the break in action, I heard her yell, “Daddy, now do I get to have so much fun?” …Continue reading →
Many people become foster parents with a longing to adopt. In fact, when my husband and I began the foster process, it was with the heart and the intent to adopt. We never imagined we would foster beyond that, or have an open door for children to come in and out of our home.
Since we began this process simply to adopt (and still believe we will eventually do so) I can understand the desire parents have to adopt a child right away. …Continue reading →
Think back to a time when you were packed for the first day of school, summer camp, college or vacation you had been saving for. You didn’t pack absolutely everything, for absolutely every circumstance. It would have been impossible to pack everything you would need for circumstances that you didn’t have …Continue reading →
It’s important that foster parents speak up and advocate for their needs and the needs of their foster children. When my husband and I got more involved and became advocates, …Continue reading →
Our lives changed when my husband and I decided to become foster parents. We had to learn how to meet our own needs as a couple as well as the needs of a child. Watch this video to hear how we handled this big change in our lives and where we get our inspiration …Continue reading →