Questions We Get A Lot!

Yesterday I was a speaker on the PRIDE panel.   PRIDE is the course you take in Ontario, Canada if you want to become a foster, kin or adoptive parent.   I spoke as an adoptive and foster mom and also as the President of our Foster Parent Association. It's always fun to watch the eyes open... Continue Reading →

Why take in teens?

Think back to when you were 15.   I bet you were worried about zits, your clothes, your homework, driving, your friends, your dating life, your friends dating lives, your future.  Most of us were not worried about packing up all our belongings and moving to another foster home. One of the major worries for teens... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Don’t forget the Birth Mother

I just finished my Christmas shopping and the last person on my list was our youngest's birth mother.   Usually I have at least four birth mothers I buy for, depending on who is staying with us, but this year just one.  I guess that sounds strange to some!   To us it has been a way... Continue Reading →

The Empty Frame

Today there's one empty frame on our wall of family photos. Only a foster family truly understands what that frame represents. Loss, grief, sadness, memories, joy, heartache, peace, and above all.........love. We have a photo wall which has the latest portrait of each of my children and we include our foster children on this wall... Continue Reading →

Why Adopt When You Can Have Your Own?

Quite the insensitive question when you think about it! Let's tackle that question (that we hear all the time) in two parts and I'm going to answer them in reverse order. Part two:  "when you can have your own" I know how many people struggle with infertility or second  time around infertility.  We struggled to... Continue Reading →

Challenge in saying “No”

  When you pick up the phone and you hear a story about a child whose mother has died and needs a home, would you say ‘yes’?  Many would without thought. When you hear about a child who is homeless, many parents who are not even foster parents would take that child in.  There are... Continue Reading →

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