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Free Braces for Foster Kids

By Jill Rippy Did you know there is an organization that can assist foster children with obtaining free braces? I fostered a youth who was able to...

I Didn’t Fail Her Today

By Mary Gemmer, Foster Mother I sat in a school gym tonight feeling so out of place. I felt like I didn’t belong there. After a really rough...

Warnings for New Foster Parents

By Jill Rippy The system is broken because humans manage it; don’t use this as an excuse to quit. You knew it was broken way before its attempt...

Vacation on the Cheap

By: Jill Rippy Foster parents tell me quite often they cannot afford to take their family on vacation. Yes, my dear. Yes, you can. Spend your money...

She’s Worth It

Guest Author: Sarah Michaels I don’t think I could ever accurately find the words to sum up this picture. It’s pure joy and complete pain all in one...

Teachers Can Foster

By Jill Rippy Yes, it’s true.  Do you know that teachers are the next best home if a child can’t be placed with relatives...

Travel on a Budget: Indianapolis

Thank you to Indy Aerial Views LLC for the fantastic aerial photos featured in this article. This website may contain affiliate links. Traveling with...

Join The Frugal Family

The Frugal Family was born through a foster support group. With a desire to share great deals with one another, a small group of foster parents made...

Dear Foster Parent

  Inspired by many who have experienced life in foster care.   Dear Foster Parent, The day I was taken from my home was the worst day...

The $100 Vacation Plan

So, vacation has come to an end and we are back in reality again.  The trek to and from Navarre, Florida with our crew of 8 plus 2 grandparents...

The Anxiety-Free Vacation?

To have a large family means living a frugal life.  For our family, we live frugally throughout the year, which allows us to have a more than...

Foster Care: The First 30 Days

Disclaimer: The following information is based on Indiana DCS policy and my personal experiences…but don’t let that stop you.  Read...

You Should Just Stop Fostering

Many years ago I sat on the deck of a beach house with my step-brother.  We were enjoying an adult beverage, watching the sunset and catching up...

Those Poor Foster Kids

Don’t pity my foster children.  They don’t need it.  Oh, yes, there was a time when I pitied them, but that was short lived.  I...

I Foster For the Money

If you want to evoke the passion of a quality foster parent, please spew the phrase, “Foster parents are only in it for the money.” This short...

Foster Parents Can Be Crappy Too

In a previous article, THOSE CRAPPY DCS CASE WORKERS, I shared some insights into the job of a case worker. I am not naïve to think that though their...

Those Crappy Case Workers

Being a foster parent for a number of years now, I have run into the good, the bad and the ugly regarding DCS Case Workers. My complaints have been...

I Could Never Be a Foster Parent

I hear it time and time again. “I really admire you.” “I could never be a foster parent.” “I don’t know how you do it.” “I wouldn’t be able to give...

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