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That Stupid Foster Policy: No Homeschooling

You know it…that really stupid policy that says we can’t homeschool our foster kids. We’ve seen the online battles between foster parents with differing opinions. We’ve heard all the reasons why children should or should not attend public or homeschool. I get it. I have no judgment either way. However,...

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That Stupid Foster Policy:     No Homeschooling

Anxiety & Trauma: The Joys of a New School Year

August is here! School is starting and electricity is in the air with children buying new backpacks, new clothes and all the necessary school supplies. This is an exciting time of year where great childhood memories were made over the past two months. Vacations were enjoyed and the lazy days...

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Anxiety & Trauma: The Joys of a New School Year

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 at your home terrified. I...

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Dear Foster Parent

Somebody Needs to Do Something to Help the Refugee Children

Our world is in crisis. On one side of the recent news, Americans are screaming that there is a lack of compassion because many states in the United States are unwilling to take in refugees. On the other side we have people who are screaming that we need to make sure that we...

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Somebody Needs to Do Something to Help the Refugee Children

A Letter to My Daughter’s Teacher

Dear Teacher, Tomorrow, I will put my daughter on a bus and send her off to an exciting new school year. 2nd grade is a year I honestly never really envisioned when I held that beautiful baby in my arms and dreamt of her future. It’s tucked between the major...

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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 Anxiety Free Vacation,...

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The $100 Vacation Plan

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 our kids to new places...

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The Anxiety-Free Vacation?

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 in the foster world.  I mean after all, don’t you know, they all are pretty scary.  And...

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Those Frightening Teen Foster Girls

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 curious about foster care.  Great!  Without a doubt, we need...

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Foster Care: The First 30 Days

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 was different.  On this night...

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You Should Just Stop Fostering

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...

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Those Poor Foster Kids

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 and try hard not to...

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I Foster For the Money

Foster Fears: What About My Own Children?

Making the choice to foster comes with many fears.  Fostering isn’t decided upon lightly. Fear is natural when considering fostering. By far, the most significant fear my hubs and I faced was how fostering would impact our daughter. Are we damaging her by fostering? How can we keep her safe?...

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Foster Fears: What About My Own Children?

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 inadequate case workers. With any...

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Foster Parents Can Be Crappy Too

Those Crappy DCS 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 many and my crap list is long. If you are a foster parent, you know exactly what I am talking about. Among my most memorable Case Workers are the following:

Those Crappy DCS Case Workers

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 them back.” Well, yes, you could. You wouldn’t have a choice. What this statement really means is, “It would break my heart to give them back.”

I Could Never Be a Foster Parent