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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...

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 of my life. I was scared and desperate to make sense out of what had just happened.  I arrived...

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...

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 realized in a quick hurry that there is no time for pity here. Dive into the life of a quality foster parent for even a...

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 phrase will no doubt be reciprocated with a smile, a deep breath and silence as they work to channel Jesus...

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 jobs are tough and come with a price emotionally, physically and mentally, that there are not...

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