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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...

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...

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 your large foster family can be an overwhelming thought, but with these budget friendly tips for a...

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 was quite adventure filled with great memories and lots of much needed sunshine. In a recent article, The...

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 satisfying Christmas season and to vacation once or twice a year. One of my foster favorites is exposing...

Those Frightening Teen Foster Girls

Scary, emotional, unpredictable, scheming, hormone driven, false accusation making, window jumping runaways…who could I possibly be referring to?  Teenage girls in foster care? These frightening beasts are without a doubt, the most feared children...

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 on, because if you have even a twinge of curiosity, this may answer a lot of questions. So, you are...

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.  This brother is the quiet one, so having a deep conversation was never really our norm.  This night...

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