When you hear the phrase foster care, what do you first thing of?
The month of May is Foster Care Awareness month and I wanted to share a few things with you from my archives. I have never been a foster mom, but I have plenty of friends that have and are currently foster parents. If you are interested in foster care, these resources are for you to dive further into as you figure out if this might be right for you.
Plenty of people have opinions on foster care, but I encourage you to seek out information that might debunk some of the myths you might have about foster care.
Read everything you can get your hands on. Listen to people's stories about their journey in foster care. Then take baby steps and see what happens. It will do no harm to request information from an agency, or to attend an information meeting. Ask God to use those meetings to clarify if this is right for your family.
- Podcast with Becca Harris & Maris Bush – both Becca & Maris have been foster moms. Becca is single and adopted her two boys from the foster care system. Maris and her husband Steven, have two boys, and have had numerous placements in the past year and yearn to add to their family through foster care. You will blessed by their journey to their kids.
- The Middle Mom by Christine Erwin – the book I recommend to every person considering foster care. I also recommend to family members and friends of those who are fostering.
- Austin area friends: FLIP THE LINE – a website hosted by the For the City Network that has every opportunity you could imagine to help with foster care. Babysitting, CASA worker, date night giver, etc.
- Blog Post: Foster Care is Huge but There's Room for You
- Blog Post: Jen Klobec's story of adopting from foster care
- Blog Post: Jana Cofield story of adopting from foster care
- Blog Post: Cara Griswold story of adopting from foster care
- Blog Post: Kim Ellis story of adopting from foster care
- Blog Post: So you Want to Foster? by Becca Harris
- Austin area friends: For The City: Foster Care Initiative – tons of stories, statistics and next steps for anyone in the Central Texas area looking to foster
- Blog Post: Jen McManus on becoming the middle mom
I was recently sent this video called ReMoved. Their website says this: We made ReMoved with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up foster parents.
I encourage you to find a few minutes today and let this video sink in to your heart: