Being a Foster Father

In The Heroic Path: The Search of the Masculine Heart, John Sowers talks about the moment he became a father for the first time to twin girls. He says, “As I watched the girls that first night, I had two distinct emotions. One: profound joy and Two: buck naked fear.” My wife and I were…


What Foster Care Is and What Foster Care Is Not

Foster care is lots of different things to lots of different people. Depending on your experience or history with foster care, you might think some different things are true or false about the foster care system. Here are some things that I believe foster care is and some things I believe that foster care is…


Why Foster Care Matters

I never wanted to be a foster parent. It’s not that I was against it, but it’s something I had never considered. My wife, before we were even married, shared her desire to help children and families through foster care and adoption. Again, I wasn’t against it, but I didn’t put much thought into it…


How to Become a Foster Parent: Seven Steps

Have you thought about becoming a foster parent but don’t know where to start? Let us take the guess work out of the process for you. Here’s how to become a foster parent in seven steps: Step 1 – Express Interest The process of becoming a licensed foster parent can seem long and daunting, but…


5 Lessons to Help Prevent Child Abuse

Can we really help prevent child abuse? That children have suffered abuse at the hands of loved ones isn’t new, but it wasn’t until fairly recently that it was identified as a specific condition that needed to be addressed. C. Henry Kempe, a pediatrician in Colorado, published an article in 1962 entitled ‘The Battered-Child Syndrome.’ The…


6 Common Myths about Foster Care

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent but haven’t made the commitment just yet? Caring people who would make great foster parents often ask us about things they’ve heard about foster care. Many times, what they tell us that’s holding them back turns out not to be true at all. Don’t let these six…


3 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is a major contributing factor to the crisis of foster care in South Carolina and in our country. There are many forms of abuse that children can experience, and the effects can last a lifetime. One of the paradoxes of foster care is that our end…


Being a Foster Parent is Fun (It Really Is)

One day one of my foster kids was shouting my name over and over while I was trying to pack eight people for a camping trip. Obviously I was getting frustrated hearing him call me over and over. It was the typical, “Mom. Mom. Moooommmmm. Mom mom. Mom.” I finally said, “Yes, what do you…


Needed: Brave Foster Parents

New York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff posted this on Facebook: “Want to know the truth about bravery? When we think about bravery and courage, we often imagine those moments from movies. A hero is up against impossible odds. It’s difficult but he leans into the challenge and survives! His girl, who is probably the…


How You Can Support Your Foster Parent Friends

Foster care fills in the gaps of what a family should be. Ideally, foster care should be a group effort between the foster family, birth family, caseworker, and court system to ensure the best possible outcome for the child. Nobody can do it alone. Each piece of the puzzle needs to rely on the other…


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