Tag: foster parent


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

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