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When I was in the process of becoming a licensed foster parent, I had a hard time finding practical information on what to expect and how to best prepare for this new adventure. Much of what I found made foster parents sound either like monsters or like angels. Most of what comes out in the news about foster care focuses on the brokenness of the system: kids who fall through the cracks, foster parents who are abusive, etc. But what about the day-to-day ins & outs of the life of a foster family?
Once we got our first placement, we began our crash course in all things “foster care.” After six months with our first placement, I felt compelled to begin sharing from my limited experience, in hopes that I could offer others like myself some practical insight in order to help them feel more equipped/informed. So I started making videos.
We have been licensed since 2013. We now have three children who share our last name and we have fostered a growing number of additional children, each of whom have been part of our family for a season. I no longer refer to us as “foster parents,” but rather as “a foster family.” Our children are very much involved and part of our role in the lives of those who come and go. We are all in this together.
I am not an expert. But I am passionate about foster care and I am passionate about cultivating a family life in which everyone flourishes. It takes a lot of mindfulness and intention, but we are seeing some beautiful fruit.
This channel, my blog (http://www.afosteredlife.com
) and my Instagram account (http://instagram.com/afoste...
) are spaces for me to share some of what I’ve found helpful. I hope it serves you in some way!