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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 utilize these services. Here’s what you need to know: Your income does not ever count when...

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 night last night, where I lost my cool with the kiddos, I felt like I should probably crawl into a...

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 to break you. Your calling doesn’t end just because it gets too hard. Being a team player is...

15 Foster Dad Truths of Fostering Teens

By Mike Rippy When my wife and I started fostering, I admit, I was somewhat reluctant. We learned pretty quickly that we were not made to foster little kids. We found our teen foster niche pretty quickly and boy has it been a journey. Here are 15...

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 on making memories and giving your foster children memories rather than things. Every kid deserves to...

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. This is my beautiful foster daughter. And let’s be real, when you agree to take in a 17 year old...

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?  Teachers can take foster children into their homes as a kinship placement. And, it does not have to be...

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