Birth Mother’s Day

I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day on Sunday. While most mothers and children love to celebrate mothers I know there are many who do not.   Some even dread the holiday.   How do you explain to your teacher that your mother is in jail, in rehab or simply abandoned you?   How do you cope with... Continue Reading →

The Many Hellos

Many people wonder what it must be like to welcome a new foster child.   This account is specifically for new foster parents, waiting foster parents or anyone interested in learning more about what foster parents do. Before any foster parent gets a call for a placement, they will have had to go through much training... Continue Reading →

Spoiled Overspenders

Let's face it......we (here in Ontario, Canada) are spoiled.   Now, now, read all the way to the end before you throw your stones! We have good paying jobs but we want more money, guaranteed forever job security, free health benefits and lower income taxes. We have free health care (mostly) when many other countries people... Continue Reading →

Hospitals are NOT Daycares

My grandbaby is in the hospital.  (Yes, my young looking self is a grandmother!)  I was there all day with him yesterday.  His mother (my daughter in law) has been with him day and night since he went in last week.   Her mother has been with him.  Her friends have been with him.   Baby TJ... Continue Reading →

“Foster Parents do it for $$$”

This article is an honest look at the financial side of foster care in Ontario, Canada. One of the worst and more hurtful statements we hear as foster parents, is that foster parents do what they do for money.   Ugh.   I can hear the collective assembly of foster parents groaning now. This could end up... Continue Reading →

One Weekend In Foster Care

When we took foster parent training classes 20 years ago, we heard a very impactful story.   I am sure I won't do it justice but the basic message will come through.  I am going to attempt to write in the words of the woman who spoke to us and inspired us.   Her words come back... Continue Reading →

Abandoned or Loved. Which would you choose?

Today was such a great day.    We went to the local indoor playground to celebrate the birthday of a former foster love.   He lived with us for six months.   We did our best to help and support his mother and we continue to offer that support months and years after he has gone back home.... Continue Reading →

Foster home # 6

I recently spoke to a former youth in care who was describing the pain, abandonment, heartbreak, loss and feelings of worthlessness he felt as he was bumped to his 6th foster home.   How do you have any self-worth if you suddenly wake up in a new home with no transition and no idea why?   Wouldn't... Continue Reading →

Adoption: The secret village.

You've heard the quote, "It takes a village to raise a child".   I know there are some who argue and say no it just takes good parents.  While that is definitely true, it does take more than just parents to raise a child well. The parents do need to be the foundation.   Study after study... Continue Reading →

How Culture & Religion affect Foster Care

As foster parents, we have had children of all sorts of religions, cultures, family values and heritage.   Our heritage is mostly European from all sides.   Our culture is a mixture of Canadian and Dutch.   Our religion is Bible believing, Christian.   Our family values are respect, family, helping others, quality time and friendships. Today I was... Continue Reading →

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