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fosterdad A year ago we announced we were becoming foster parents.

It’s been a FULL year. Two babies. One reunification. More tears than I could ever of thought imaginable. More joy than most have in a lifetime.

I’m proud of these 24 year olds for diving in. Arms and hearts wide open to whatever or whoever came.

I’ve learned that God shows up when we take brave steps. He just does. Sometimes in sweet and subtle ways. Sometimes in ways that knock you over in awe.

I’m ready to see what this next year has for us. I’m sure more tears... and more joy.
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 03:13:52
A year ago we announced we were becoming foster parents. It’s been a FULL year. Two babies. One reunification. More tears than I could ever of thought imaginable. More joy than most have in a lifetime. I’m proud of these 24 year olds for diving in. Arms and hearts wide open to whatever or whoever came. I’ve learned that God shows up when we take brave steps. He just does. Sometimes in sweet and subtle ways. Sometimes in ways that knock you over in awe. I’m ready to see what this next year has for us. I’m sure more tears... and more joy.
fosterdad ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming. “Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.” I found  my little/big soul today! 😍🥰 ❤️. Photographer by @zcolet

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Posted at: 2019-11-12 20:08:32
ADOPTED TODAY!!! I was chosen, I was wanted, I was cherished, I grew in his heart, I was the missing piece and I’m loved today despite of my short coming. “Little souls find their way to you, whether their from your womb or someone elses.” I found my little/big soul today! 😍🥰 ❤️. Photographer by @zcolet #fosterdads #fosterdad #hopetoadopt #foreverlove #foreverhome #adopt #adoptionrocks #adoptionday #adoptionawarenessmonth #adoptions #adoptionstories #adoptioncommunity #adoptionannouncement #adoptionsaveslives #adoptionawareness #adoptionisbeautiful #adoptionisanoption #adoptme #adopted #adopting #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #adoptivefamilies
fosterdad For 12 years, Guy Bryant has been fostering teens in Flatbush, NY and he's given each of them unconditional love and support. He started opening his doors while he was working for the city's Administration for Children’s Services, and realized that older kids in the foster care system were the hardest to place in homes. Bryant noted that potential foster parents
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Posted at: 2019-10-05 18:07:23
For 12 years, Guy Bryant has been fostering teens in Flatbush, NY and he's given each of them unconditional love and support. He started opening his doors while he was working for the city's Administration for Children’s Services, and realized that older kids in the foster care system were the hardest to place in homes. Bryant noted that potential foster parents "don’t want the problems" that come with fostering teenagers. Nevertheless, he openly welcomes the opportunity! . Follow @ItsColorCoded for positive news and entertainment about people of color.
fosterdad I put you to sleep last night scared that somehow it was the last time. ⁣
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I teared up as I read you my favorite book, “I’ll love you forever”. ⁣
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I cried ugly tears as I rocked you to sleep and begged God that he would always keep you safe, help you to always be in a home where you are loved, and that you would grow up knowing Jesus. ⁣
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Court is today, and I’m scared. I’m not very good at this foster mom thing, and my heart is fully invested in loving on my littles forever. ⁣
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Reminding myself over and over this morning, that God already knows the future, and that despite how desperately I love my three littles, He loves them even more. ⁣
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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 ⁣
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Please pray with me today. ♥️⁣
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#fostercare ⁣#fosterthelove #findingjoyinrain #fostermom #gettooattached #fosterdad #fosterfamily #fostertoadopt #adoption #fostering #foster #fosterparents #fostercareadoption #momlife #loveyouforever
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Posted at: 2019-10-28 11:27:11
I put you to sleep last night scared that somehow it was the last time. ⁣ ⁣ I teared up as I read you my favorite book, “I’ll love you forever”. ⁣ ⁣ I cried ugly tears as I rocked you to sleep and begged God that he would always keep you safe, help you to always be in a home where you are loved, and that you would grow up knowing Jesus. ⁣ ⁣ Court is today, and I’m scared. I’m not very good at this foster mom thing, and my heart is fully invested in loving on my littles forever. ⁣ ⁣ Reminding myself over and over this morning, that God already knows the future, and that despite how desperately I love my three littles, He loves them even more. ⁣ ⁣ When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 ⁣ ⁣ Please pray with me today. ♥️⁣ ⁣ #fostercare ⁣#fosterthelove #findingjoyinrain #fostermom #gettooattached #fosterdad #fosterfamily #fostertoadopt #adoption #fostering #foster #fosterparents #fostercareadoption #momlife #loveyouforever
fosterdad it’s official.
mae has been a prawat for one whole year!
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#adoption #adopt #adoptee #adopted #fostercare #fostermom #fosterdad #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #welcometotherollercoaster
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Posted at: 2019-05-19 00:37:28
it’s official. mae has been a prawat for one whole year! • • • #adoption #adopt #adoptee #adopted #fostercare #fostermom #fosterdad #adoptionjourney #adoptionstory #welcometotherollercoaster
fosterdad I’ve always felt like the luckiest girl being married to you. You’re kind, goofy, honest and forgiving. You have a way of bringing out the best in others. I thought there was no way I could be any more attracted to you. Then, you became the most incredible foster dad and it’s shown me depths of your heart that I would not have known otherwise—making you the most beautiful human I’ve ever known. The way you #GetTooAttached is sacrificial and full of humility. Thank you for being the best teammate, friend, coparent, husband and father-figure. #justbecause #beating50percent #stayingido
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Posted at: 2019-11-21 00:15:16
I’ve always felt like the luckiest girl being married to you. You’re kind, goofy, honest and forgiving. You have a way of bringing out the best in others. I thought there was no way I could be any more attracted to you. Then, you became the most incredible foster dad and it’s shown me depths of your heart that I would not have known otherwise—making you the most beautiful human I’ve ever known. The way you #GetTooAttached is sacrificial and full of humility. Thank you for being the best teammate, friend, coparent, husband and father-figure. #justbecause #beating50percent #stayingido
fosterdad Lamont Thomas has fostered 30 kids in Buffalo, NY since the year 2000. While he had stopped fostering in recent years, he 'came out of retirement' to make sure five siblings could stay together. He legally adopted the children, all aged under five, so they wound't be placed in homes across multiple cities. Lamont said he 'wants to make a difference by being the difference.'
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Follow @ItsColorCoded for positive stories about people of color.
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Posted at: 2019-10-27 21:13:08
Lamont Thomas has fostered 30 kids in Buffalo, NY since the year 2000. While he had stopped fostering in recent years, he 'came out of retirement' to make sure five siblings could stay together. He legally adopted the children, all aged under five, so they wound't be placed in homes across multiple cities. Lamont said he 'wants to make a difference by being the difference.' . . Follow @ItsColorCoded for positive stories about people of color.
fosterdad Much love to my friend @fosterdadflipper and his son. “We might look different or sometimes treated differently but a perfect fit. Truly blessed to call you my son! 🙍🏾‍♂️🙎‍♂️ “ @fosterdadflipper @eadeckerphotography 
#teamddw #daddydoinwork
#fosterdad #fostermom #fostercare #fosterparents #fostertoadopt #fostercareadoption #fosterthepeople #fosterfamily #foreverfamily #blackdads #dadsofinstagram #adoption #singledad #solodad #dadtribe #singledadlife #blackandwhite #waitingkids #fathersongoals #teendad #lookingtoadopt #fostermomlife #dadlife #blackfathers #blackdads
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Posted at: 2019-07-10 22:23:49
fosterdad A few weeks ago our pastor told us a (not surprising) but still shocking fact that if the woman in the house visibly shows her love for Jesus, walks a Christ like life, reads her bible, etc then it’s a 5-7% chance the kids will do the same. If the husband does all those exact same things it’s a STAGGERING 98% chance the kids will follow in the same footsteps.

MEN: uncomfortable or not, feeling like you know enough or not, different than you grew up or not..LEAD your families.

It is always more natural for the woman/wife to be the more emotional, vulnerable, one, talk about adoption and foster care, serving others, but it is equally if not more important for the husband to show up too.

All the boys ran up to Tyler yesterday to give him a hug when he was leaving for work and big sis just stood there and without hesitation he pulled her in too.

When she comes down from me doing her hair, he tells her how beautiful she looks, he can’t wait to hear about school and has conversations just like I do. He is there at bedtime with us as a family as we all pray and tuck them in.

These might seem like a “2 minute prayer” you missed, but when time has passed and babies are grown, they won’t be telling their kids stories of the presents they got or the cool toy. They will be telling them how He never missed a prayer, he shows up at my soccer games, he made us go to church even when it would have been easier to stay home, he had hard talks with me about life, he told me about Jesus.

None of the other stuff will matter, I promise. ✨ #dadswhoshowup #fosterdad #dadoftheyear
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Posted at: 2019-11-16 16:45:00
A few weeks ago our pastor told us a (not surprising) but still shocking fact that if the woman in the house visibly shows her love for Jesus, walks a Christ like life, reads her bible, etc then it’s a 5-7% chance the kids will do the same. If the husband does all those exact same things it’s a STAGGERING 98% chance the kids will follow in the same footsteps. MEN: uncomfortable or not, feeling like you know enough or not, different than you grew up or not..LEAD your families. It is always more natural for the woman/wife to be the more emotional, vulnerable, one, talk about adoption and foster care, serving others, but it is equally if not more important for the husband to show up too. All the boys ran up to Tyler yesterday to give him a hug when he was leaving for work and big sis just stood there and without hesitation he pulled her in too. When she comes down from me doing her hair, he tells her how beautiful she looks, he can’t wait to hear about school and has conversations just like I do. He is there at bedtime with us as a family as we all pray and tuck them in. These might seem like a “2 minute prayer” you missed, but when time has passed and babies are grown, they won’t be telling their kids stories of the presents they got or the cool toy. They will be telling them how He never missed a prayer, he shows up at my soccer games, he made us go to church even when it would have been easier to stay home, he had hard talks with me about life, he told me about Jesus. None of the other stuff will matter, I promise. ✨ #dadswhoshowup #fosterdad #dadoftheyear
fosterdad Fun fact... our FC have always loved hot chocolate, even since the day they came! 🎅🏼💙
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We will soon be getting ready for transitions and It’s starting to get real, however, what a brilliant year 2020 is going to be for these LO’s finally get their forever family they so deserve xxx .
#fostering #fostercare #ukfostering #ukfostercare #fostercarers #foster #fostermum #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterfamily #december #love #daysout #christmas #myfavourite #ukadoption #movingontoadoption #adoptivefamilies #parents #therapeuticparenting #parenting #2020 #theyearofforever #newbeginnings
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Posted at: 2019-12-08 17:41:36
Fun fact... our FC have always loved hot chocolate, even since the day they came! 🎅🏼💙 . . We will soon be getting ready for transitions and It’s starting to get real, however, what a brilliant year 2020 is going to be for these LO’s finally get their forever family they so deserve xxx . #fostering #fostercare #ukfostering #ukfostercare #fostercarers #foster #fostermum #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterfamily #december #love #daysout #christmas #myfavourite #ukadoption #movingontoadoption #adoptivefamilies #parents #therapeuticparenting #parenting #2020 #theyearofforever #newbeginnings
fosterdad This week has been a bit rough with big boy and myself running a gi bug and little man coming up with croop and big boy now running a temp of close to 102 and Mamma trying to keep us all well has now gotten hit with the GI bug her self. 
BUT in all this “ickyness” little c decided he needed to show off! Tonight is the first time his crawl/roll/shuffle has actually made any motion progress and he is getting up on his toes!

#Crawling #BabyOnTheMove  #FosterFirsts #TwoAttachedFosters #GetTooAttached #TooAttached #IFosterBecause #FosterCare #FosterParent #FosterDad #FosterLife #FosterPrep #ThisIsWhyIFoster #Fostering #FosterKid
#FosterLove #Foster  #FosterYouth #FosterKids #FosterFamily #FosterLove #LoveMakesAFamily
 #ItTakesAVillage #DadLife #ThisIsFosterCare #FosterFamily #FosterMom #FosterParents #StayAtHomeDad
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Posted at: 2019-12-08 01:15:40
This week has been a bit rough with big boy and myself running a gi bug and little man coming up with croop and big boy now running a temp of close to 102 and Mamma trying to keep us all well has now gotten hit with the GI bug her self. BUT in all this “ickyness” little c decided he needed to show off! Tonight is the first time his crawl/roll/shuffle has actually made any motion progress and he is getting up on his toes! #Crawling #BabyOnTheMove #FosterFirsts #TwoAttachedFosters #GetTooAttached #TooAttached #IFosterBecause #FosterCare #FosterParent #FosterDad #FosterLife #FosterPrep #ThisIsWhyIFoster #Fostering #FosterKid #FosterLove #Foster #FosterYouth #FosterKids #FosterFamily #FosterLove #LoveMakesAFamily #ItTakesAVillage #DadLife #ThisIsFosterCare #FosterFamily #FosterMom #FosterParents #StayAtHomeDad
fosterdad My wife sent me this video of my 10 year old Ben reading a book to our Foster baby.... love it ❤️ .
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#fosterdad #fosterdads #baby #fosterbaby #foster #fostercare #fosteringsaveslives #fosteradopt #fosterkids #kids #dad #dadlife #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoollife
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Posted at: 2019-12-08 01:13:34
My wife sent me this video of my 10 year old Ben reading a book to our Foster baby.... love it ❤️ . . . . #fosterdad #fosterdads #baby #fosterbaby #foster #fostercare #fosteringsaveslives #fosteradopt #fosterkids #kids #dad #dadlife #homeschooling #homeschool #homeschoollife
fosterdad Since we posted beach bum part one on our personal account, it only seems right to post today's beach pictures here 😃 sweet pea sure loves her foster Dada and we love everything you do for us🥰 we also made a new friend today #thisisfostercare #beachbaby
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 21:19:05
Since we posted beach bum part one on our personal account, it only seems right to post today's beach pictures here 😃 sweet pea sure loves her foster Dada and we love everything you do for us🥰 we also made a new friend today #thisisfostercare #beachbaby
fosterdad We need your help to brighten Christmas for some local kids in need! 🎁🎄Now through December 15th, we are collecting $25 Target and Walmart gift cards for local kids in foster care and group homes. Last year, you generously donated over 200 gift cards! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Drop-off is located at the information center on Hillside campuses during the next two weekend gatherings (12/7-8, 12/14-15).
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 21:00:39
We need your help to brighten Christmas for some local kids in need! 🎁🎄Now through December 15th, we are collecting $25 Target and Walmart gift cards for local kids in foster care and group homes. Last year, you generously donated over 200 gift cards! ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Drop-off is located at the information center on Hillside campuses during the next two weekend gatherings (12/7-8, 12/14-15).
fosterdad ❤️3 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage as a Foster or Adoptive Mom ❤️ If you're struggling in your marriage, you're not alone. So many foster + adoptive moms deal with this same dang thing.

About a month into fostering... my husband & I were fighting more than we EVER had before. We were arguing over important things, and we were arguing over stupid things. At one point we asked ourselves if we should stop fostering because our marriage felt like it was crumbling.

Want to know how we turned it around?

Here's 3 things we did:

1. Schedule a consistent date night

Tuesdays were date night. No questions asked. This was a boundary we set. It didn't matter what else came up, date night came first. If you can only schedule date night once a month? That's totally fine! Just make it consistent, put it on the calendar, and HOLD THAT BOUNDARY.

2. Put your phones down

Due to all the stress, at the end of the night all we wanted to do was zone out, watch TV and scroll on our phones. Choose a night or two a week where you won't get on your phone. Or choose a time (Like 9pm every night) when you will put your phone down for good for the day. You'll be surprised what can happen.

3. Choose to love your spouse exactly as they are 
Remember you loved them enough to MARRY them. You married them flaws and all. Love them exactly as they are and you will feel your love grow.

Want more support? Apply to work with me 1:1 at the link in my profile! ✌🏼
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 20:10:09
❤️3 Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage as a Foster or Adoptive Mom ❤️ If you're struggling in your marriage, you're not alone. So many foster + adoptive moms deal with this same dang thing. About a month into fostering... my husband & I were fighting more than we EVER had before. We were arguing over important things, and we were arguing over stupid things. At one point we asked ourselves if we should stop fostering because our marriage felt like it was crumbling. Want to know how we turned it around? Here's 3 things we did: 1. Schedule a consistent date night Tuesdays were date night. No questions asked. This was a boundary we set. It didn't matter what else came up, date night came first. If you can only schedule date night once a month? That's totally fine! Just make it consistent, put it on the calendar, and HOLD THAT BOUNDARY. 2. Put your phones down Due to all the stress, at the end of the night all we wanted to do was zone out, watch TV and scroll on our phones. Choose a night or two a week where you won't get on your phone. Or choose a time (Like 9pm every night) when you will put your phone down for good for the day. You'll be surprised what can happen. 3. Choose to love your spouse exactly as they are Remember you loved them enough to MARRY them. You married them flaws and all. Love them exactly as they are and you will feel your love grow. Want more support? Apply to work with me 1:1 at the link in my profile! ✌🏼
fosterdad Boom is still looking for his forever home! This baby shark is the sweetest boy and needs a big family and a house for Christmas. He is recovering from surgery, Baby Boom tore his ACL but Thomas is making sure he heals up nicely. Contact myself or his foster daddy @thomastheboxer , serious inquiries only. And none of this “I’d take him if i could” non sense. #fosterdog#fosterdad#rescuedog#pitbullsofinstagram#love#adoptdontshop#rescuepup#shelterdog#pitbullrescue#newyorkbullycrew
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 19:12:15
Boom is still looking for his forever home! This baby shark is the sweetest boy and needs a big family and a house for Christmas. He is recovering from surgery, Baby Boom tore his ACL but Thomas is making sure he heals up nicely. Contact myself or his foster daddy @thomastheboxer , serious inquiries only. And none of this “I’d take him if i could” non sense. #fosterdog#fosterdad#rescuedog#pitbullsofinstagram#love#adoptdontshop#rescuepup#shelterdog#pitbullrescue#newyorkbullycrew
fosterdad Actions speak louder than words! When we say the holidays are about Jesus - do our actions reflect that? When we say we value family, and quality time with each other - do our actions reflect that? This is a post for us to do some personal self- reflection, not as a shaming post! Check out episode 78 as we share more thoughts on this Good Word of the Day.
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 17:12:11
Actions speak louder than words! When we say the holidays are about Jesus - do our actions reflect that? When we say we value family, and quality time with each other - do our actions reflect that? This is a post for us to do some personal self- reflection, not as a shaming post! Check out episode 78 as we share more thoughts on this Good Word of the Day.
fosterdad David and I conquered the Brooklyn Bridge and it was more amazing than I expected! So far it has been one of the best things we’ve experienced while in NYC! We have two days left, tell me all the things we should do before we leave! .
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#brooklynbridge #brooklynbridgeig #nyc #newyorktrip #ighusband #mombloggers #newyorkblogger #palmbeachblogger #fosterparents #fostermom #fosterdad #nycskyline
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 16:33:43
David and I conquered the Brooklyn Bridge and it was more amazing than I expected! So far it has been one of the best things we’ve experienced while in NYC! We have two days left, tell me all the things we should do before we leave! . . . #brooklynbridge #brooklynbridgeig #nyc #newyorktrip #ighusband #mombloggers #newyorkblogger #palmbeachblogger #fosterparents #fostermom #fosterdad #nycskyline
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#puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram #fatcat #fatcatsofinstagram
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 15:45:02
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fosterdad What first got you interested in foster care?⁠
For about two years, I worked in the international adoption field, helping inform prospective parents on the process and recruiting for waiting children overseas. I’d look at these beautiful children’s faces everyday and think, “I want to be their mom.” When I came to the point in my life when I weighed money over purpose, I choose purpose and signed up for an foster care information meeting. The rest is history.⁠
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What do you think would be the greatest gift you could give to a foster child?⁠
Stability and a sense of normalcy. My kids come to me in chaos. Whether from their life at home or the move itself, their world is left reeling. Day in day out, I can help settle down the swirling by being consistent, letting them know what to expect and helping them understand they are not alone. It’s amazing when kids realize they are not the only ones in foster care and that many parents need to learn how to be better parents.⁠
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View full interview: https://www.attemptingagape.com/2019/07/make-difference-mondays-attempting.html⁠
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#foster #fosteringsaveslives #fostercare #fostering #fostertoadopt #fostermom #fosterlife #fosterparent  #fosterdad #thisisfostercare⁠
#attemptingagape #mompreneur #momblogger #mommyblogger #momblog #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #womanentrepreneur #womaninbusiness  #womanowned⁠
#singlemom #singlefostermom #singlelifeproblems #singlefostermama #youngsingleandafostermom #singlemomlife #singlemomproblems #singlemombychoice #singlefostermom #thisisfostercare
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 05:50:21
What first got you interested in foster care?⁠ For about two years, I worked in the international adoption field, helping inform prospective parents on the process and recruiting for waiting children overseas. I’d look at these beautiful children’s faces everyday and think, “I want to be their mom.” When I came to the point in my life when I weighed money over purpose, I choose purpose and signed up for an foster care information meeting. The rest is history.⁠ ⁠ What do you think would be the greatest gift you could give to a foster child?⁠ Stability and a sense of normalcy. My kids come to me in chaos. Whether from their life at home or the move itself, their world is left reeling. Day in day out, I can help settle down the swirling by being consistent, letting them know what to expect and helping them understand they are not alone. It’s amazing when kids realize they are not the only ones in foster care and that many parents need to learn how to be better parents.⁠ ⁠ View full interview: https://www.attemptingagape.com/2019/07/make-difference-mondays-attempting.html⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #foster #fosteringsaveslives #fostercare #fostering #fostertoadopt #fostermom #fosterlife #fosterparent #fosterdad #thisisfostercare#attemptingagape #mompreneur #momblogger #mommyblogger #momblog #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #womanentrepreneur #womaninbusiness #womanowned#singlemom #singlefostermom #singlelifeproblems #singlefostermama #youngsingleandafostermom #singlemomlife #singlemomproblems #singlemombychoice #singlefostermom #thisisfostercare
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 04:17:28
fosterdad Our December Newsletter is here! Click the link in bio to see what's happening with Starfish this month! 🎄
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 04:00:10
Our December Newsletter is here! Click the link in bio to see what's happening with Starfish this month! 🎄
fosterdad Kid 2 gave me this as a Christmas present. She said “sorry they didn’t have your team but I got you this!” Sooo I guess go tigers? .
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#foster #fosterdad #grateful #woopigsooie #arkansasforlife #hogfan #missouri #missouritigers
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Posted at: 2019-12-07 02:22:32
Kid 2 gave me this as a Christmas present. She said “sorry they didn’t have your team but I got you this!” Sooo I guess go tigers? . . #foster #fosterdad #grateful #woopigsooie #arkansasforlife #hogfan #missouri #missouritigers
fosterdad So, I told N to lock the door and meet me at the car since I had to put the baby in the car seat. I wait a few minutes and wonder what she is doing. I walk up to see her just standing there staring at her shoe lace stuck in the door 🤦🏼‍♂️ #blondeproblems #thisiswhywearelate

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Posted at: 2019-12-07 01:25:07
So, I told N to lock the door and meet me at the car since I had to put the baby in the car seat. I wait a few minutes and wonder what she is doing. I walk up to see her just standing there staring at her shoe lace stuck in the door 🤦🏼‍♂️ #blondeproblems #thisiswhywearelate #foster #fosterdad #dad #family #kids #fosterdads #foreverhome #love #home #fosterparents #thisisfostercare #fostering #fosterfamily #instantfamily #protectors #daddy #makingadifference #fostertoadopt #journey #adoption #reallife #daybyday #doitforthekids #reallife #reality #kids #kiddos #knoweldgeispower
fosterdad We had to give notice. 
After two years as foster parents, we're still experiencing firsts. 
You can check out the latest post at fosterthechaos.com. #linkinbio
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 23:54:35
We had to give notice. After two years as foster parents, we're still experiencing firsts. You can check out the latest post at fosterthechaos.com. #linkinbio
fosterdad Thank all of YOU from the bottom of my heart, because without YOU we can’t help THEM🐶. We are only as good as our fosters, volunteers, vets and adopters ❤️🐶❤️ We raised about $10,000 on Giving Tuesday and we are so grateful that we can help save more dogs like these and that we have your support to help us make it happen. 
Last year we rescued over 800 dogs at a cost of just under $500,000.  This year we are on track to do the same.  To say it takes a village is an understatement.  We truly appreciate each and every one of you🎄

To make a deductible donation, CAMO is a 501c3 small breed dog rescue. 
Deductible donations can be made by Paypal to CamoRescue@outlook.com

Or the link is-

http://www.paypal.me/Camorescue

Venmo-
http://Www.venmo.com/camorescue

Mail to-
CAMO Rescue
PO Box 921
Pinehurst TX
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EIN # 46-5486022 
Our website to see available pets and apply to adopt or to donate is www.camorescue.com

#camorescue #adoptdontshop #puppymillsurvivor #dallasdogs #dogsofdallas #dallastexas #texasdogs #dogsoftexas #fostermom #fosterdad #foster #volunteer #adopt #followme #rescue #saveadogslife #dogrescue #fosterfail #doglove #dogsofhouston #houstonsogs #houstonyorkies #yorkiesofhouston #MansBestFriend #MustLoveDogs #doglife #camorescue #adoptdontshop #puppymillsurvivor #dallasdogs #dogsofdallas #dallastexas #texasdogs #dogsoftexas #fostermom #fosterdad #foster #volunteer #adopt #followme #rescue #saveadogslife #dogrescue #fosterfail #doglove #dogsofhouston #houstonsogs #houstonyorkies #yorkiesofhouston #MansBestFriend #MustLoveDogs #doglife
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 22:00:54
Thank all of YOU from the bottom of my heart, because without YOU we can’t help THEM🐶. We are only as good as our fosters, volunteers, vets and adopters ❤️🐶❤️ We raised about $10,000 on Giving Tuesday and we are so grateful that we can help save more dogs like these and that we have your support to help us make it happen. Last year we rescued over 800 dogs at a cost of just under $500,000. This year we are on track to do the same. To say it takes a village is an understatement. We truly appreciate each and every one of you🎄 To make a deductible donation, CAMO is a 501c3 small breed dog rescue. Deductible donations can be made by Paypal to CamoRescue@outlook.com Or the link is- http://www.paypal.me/Camorescue Venmo- http://Www.venmo.com/camorescue Mail to- CAMO Rescue PO Box 921 Pinehurst TX 77362-0921 EIN # 46-5486022 Our website to see available pets and apply to adopt or to donate is www.camorescue.com #camorescue #adoptdontshop #puppymillsurvivor #dallasdogs #dogsofdallas #dallastexas #texasdogs #dogsoftexas #fostermom #fosterdad #foster #volunteer #adopt #followme #rescue #saveadogslife #dogrescue #fosterfail #doglove #dogsofhouston #houstonsogs #houstonyorkies #yorkiesofhouston #MansBestFriend #MustLoveDogs #doglife #camorescue #adoptdontshop #puppymillsurvivor #dallasdogs #dogsofdallas #dallastexas #texasdogs #dogsoftexas #fostermom #fosterdad #foster #volunteer #adopt #followme #rescue #saveadogslife #dogrescue #fosterfail #doglove #dogsofhouston #houstonsogs #houstonyorkies #yorkiesofhouston #MansBestFriend #MustLoveDogs #doglife
fosterdad Don't forget to bring back your gift cards + tags for Network 1.27's Gift Trees this Sunday! Your gift card will provide a gift for a teen in a foster home, a treat for a social worker who works daily to care for these kids, and gifts and fun outings for families giving constant care to kids in the foster system. Remember, these gifts aren't just material things- this is a reminder to each and every one of these people that they are cared for and appreciated. 🎁❤️🎄We are so thankful that you care so much for others, Westside! #westsidefamilychurch #network127⁠
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 22:00:40
Don't forget to bring back your gift cards + tags for Network 1.27's Gift Trees this Sunday! Your gift card will provide a gift for a teen in a foster home, a treat for a social worker who works daily to care for these kids, and gifts and fun outings for families giving constant care to kids in the foster system. Remember, these gifts aren't just material things- this is a reminder to each and every one of these people that they are cared for and appreciated. 🎁❤️🎄We are so thankful that you care so much for others, Westside! #westsidefamilychurch #network127⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ #fostercare #adoption #fostertoadopt #foster #fosterparents #fostering #fostercareadoption #adoptionjourney #fostermom #parenthood #fosterkids #fosterdad #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily#communityimpact #spreadlove #community #kansascity #kcmo #lenexaks #shawneeks #overlandparkks #generosity #kindnessiscontagious #communityservice #communitydevelopment #communityempowerment#lovekc
fosterdad Don't forget to bring back your gift cards + tags for Network 1.27's Gift Trees this Sunday! Your gift card will provide a gift for a teen in a foster home, a treat for a social worker who works daily to care for these kids, and gifts and fun outings for families giving constant care to kids in the foster system. Remember, these gifts aren't just material things- this is a reminder to each and every one of these people that they are cared for and appreciated. 🎁❤️🎄We are so thankful that you care so much for others, Westside! #westsidefamilychurch #network127⁠
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 22:00:39
Don't forget to bring back your gift cards + tags for Network 1.27's Gift Trees this Sunday! Your gift card will provide a gift for a teen in a foster home, a treat for a social worker who works daily to care for these kids, and gifts and fun outings for families giving constant care to kids in the foster system. Remember, these gifts aren't just material things- this is a reminder to each and every one of these people that they are cared for and appreciated. 🎁❤️🎄We are so thankful that you care so much for others, Westside! #westsidefamilychurch #network127⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ #fostercare #adoption #fostertoadopt #foster #fosterparents #fostering #fostercareadoption #adoptionjourney #fostermom #parenthood #fosterkids #fosterdad #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily#communityimpact #spreadlove #community #kansascity #kcmo #lenexaks #shawneeks #overlandparkks #generosity #kindnessiscontagious #communityservice #communitydevelopment #communityempowerment#lovekc
fosterdad I don’t post often and even rarer do I post long messages, but I wanted to let everyone behind the scenes in our foster journey. 
Today we had the celebration of reuniting two amazing teenagers that we have had privilege of loving on in our home for the last 344 days. We got to know their passions, their dislikes and what makes them tick. We got to watch them grow from lost souls to followers of Christ. They did not just come into our home and live here as a hotel, they became a part of our family. They have two extra little brothers here in Jacksonville who are as heartbroken as Gabbie and I are. 
This is not to say we are not so extremely happy for them and proud of their parent to work hard to create a life and environment good for them. This is to say they are a part of our family and now a part of our heart. They may not live here anymore, but they will always be our kids too. 
The main reason for this post is to address the statement we hear often. Gabbie and I have never had the opportunity to reunite a family and it is an amazing feeling. We are so happy, but so sad because we will miss hugging them, playing games with them, we will miss just being in the same room. The statement we hear is “you guys are so special, I don’t think I could love someone and then have to ‘give them back’”. Today I realized, neither can I. My heart is broken. I’ve cried more today than the last 5 years combined. The only thing that helps me to smile is the fact that we helped a parent. We loved on the kids till the parent could get them back and love on her wonderful kids. The fact that we may have changed a family for the long term is why we do what we do. To spread love. #Foster #FosterFlorida #FosterDad #Dad #OneMoreChild
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 21:02:23
I don’t post often and even rarer do I post long messages, but I wanted to let everyone behind the scenes in our foster journey. Today we had the celebration of reuniting two amazing teenagers that we have had privilege of loving on in our home for the last 344 days. We got to know their passions, their dislikes and what makes them tick. We got to watch them grow from lost souls to followers of Christ. They did not just come into our home and live here as a hotel, they became a part of our family. They have two extra little brothers here in Jacksonville who are as heartbroken as Gabbie and I are. This is not to say we are not so extremely happy for them and proud of their parent to work hard to create a life and environment good for them. This is to say they are a part of our family and now a part of our heart. They may not live here anymore, but they will always be our kids too. The main reason for this post is to address the statement we hear often. Gabbie and I have never had the opportunity to reunite a family and it is an amazing feeling. We are so happy, but so sad because we will miss hugging them, playing games with them, we will miss just being in the same room. The statement we hear is “you guys are so special, I don’t think I could love someone and then have to ‘give them back’”. Today I realized, neither can I. My heart is broken. I’ve cried more today than the last 5 years combined. The only thing that helps me to smile is the fact that we helped a parent. We loved on the kids till the parent could get them back and love on her wonderful kids. The fact that we may have changed a family for the long term is why we do what we do. To spread love. #Foster #FosterFlorida #FosterDad #Dad #OneMoreChild
fosterdad COULD YOU BE A FOSTER CARER?⁣⁣⁣
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There are a lot of misconceptions around what lifestyle is compatible with foster caring.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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But the truth is, none of these things disqualify you from being a carer 💛⁣⁣⁣
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In QLD, carers can work full time and the foster children in their care are entitled to the ACCS which provides 120% coverage of child care up to 50 hours per week. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Another thing to consider is that you don’t have to care for a child on a permanent basis - there are other temporary options like respite care/emergency care which can be as short as an overnight stay or a weekend. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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You don’t need to be married or with a partner either to be a foster carer. You’ll also find in our comment section a list of some amazing humans giving foster kids a better life all on their own.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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And when it comes to money, while financial stability is definitely important, for any who may be under the impression that they’ll be out of pocket as a carer, the government actually supplies a fortnightly allowance as well as other payments depending on the case.⁣
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I’m not trying to imply that becoming a carer won’t have an impact on your current lifestyle - it will definitely require personal sacrifice, effort and flexibility. ⁣⁣But being a foster carer isn’t contingent on you being married, or available 24/7, or having children of your own, or a large home with excess finances. Being a carer is about providing a “safe, stable and supportive environment” and making a “commitment to meet the individual needs of children in your care.”⁣
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If this has made you consider foster caring, just know that there is a huge need for carers in Australia. Currently in QLD we have 9000 kids in care and only 5300 carers. LET’S CLOSE THAT GAP! 🙌🏻
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COULD YOU BE A FOSTER CARER?⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ There are a lot of misconceptions around what lifestyle is compatible with foster caring.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Maybe you have considered becoming a foster parent but felt that you wouldn’t be approved because you:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ - work full time ⁣⁣⁣⁣ - are single ⁣⁣⁣ - don’t have children of your own ⁣⁣⁣ - or are not financially well off⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ But the truth is, none of these things disqualify you from being a carer 💛⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In QLD, carers can work full time and the foster children in their care are entitled to the ACCS which provides 120% coverage of child care up to 50 hours per week. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Another thing to consider is that you don’t have to care for a child on a permanent basis - there are other temporary options like respite care/emergency care which can be as short as an overnight stay or a weekend. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ You also don’t need to have biological children of your own to be a foster carer, see the tags in our comment section of couples who’ve grown their family through foster care. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ You don’t need to be married or with a partner either to be a foster carer. You’ll also find in our comment section a list of some amazing humans giving foster kids a better life all on their own.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ And when it comes to money, while financial stability is definitely important, for any who may be under the impression that they’ll be out of pocket as a carer, the government actually supplies a fortnightly allowance as well as other payments depending on the case.⁣ ⁣⁣ I’m not trying to imply that becoming a carer won’t have an impact on your current lifestyle - it will definitely require personal sacrifice, effort and flexibility. ⁣⁣But being a foster carer isn’t contingent on you being married, or available 24/7, or having children of your own, or a large home with excess finances. Being a carer is about providing a “safe, stable and supportive environment” and making a “commitment to meet the individual needs of children in your care.”⁣ ⁣ If this has made you consider foster caring, just know that there is a huge need for carers in Australia. Currently in QLD we have 9000 kids in care and only 5300 carers. LET’S CLOSE THAT GAP! 🙌🏻
fosterdad Ma bois 🖤🖤🖤 #החדרשלפוזיק #זורקי #אחשלפוזיק #אבאאומנה #חתולים 
#puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 19:37:51
Ma bois 🖤🖤🖤 #החדרשלפוזיק #זורקי #אחשלפוזיק #אבאאומנה #חתולים #puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram
fosterdad Avoid negatively labeling your children who may be more emotionally sensitive or who have strong emotions. Instead, use descriptive, more positive words like “more sensitive,” “tenderhearted,” and “intensely feel emotions”. Send messages to your children that help them appreciate their uniqueness and feel good about how God designed them! 
Help them develop a strong emotional intelligence, provide tools for emotional regulation and give them hope that with your help, they can learn to feel and regulate their emotions.

Instead of:
💜“you are overwhelming me”----“you have very strong feelings”
💜“you are too loud”---“you express yourself strongly
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 18:27:05
Avoid negatively labeling your children who may be more emotionally sensitive or who have strong emotions. Instead, use descriptive, more positive words like “more sensitive,” “tenderhearted,” and “intensely feel emotions”. Send messages to your children that help them appreciate their uniqueness and feel good about how God designed them! Help them develop a strong emotional intelligence, provide tools for emotional regulation and give them hope that with your help, they can learn to feel and regulate their emotions. Instead of: 💜“you are overwhelming me”----“you have very strong feelings” 💜“you are too loud”---“you express yourself strongly" 💜“you are bossy”---“you care a lot about other people” 💜“you are nosy”---“you are very aware of how other people are feeling about things” 💜“you are a crybaby”---“you may be overwhelmed and not know what you are feeling but I will help you” 💜“you just need to be quiet”---“you can feel what you are feeling and then move on” 💜“you are in the way”---“I will help you understand other people’s feelings and perspectives”#emotionallysensitive #lovingandaccepting #wearealldifferent #acceptance #greatestoftheseislove #adoption #fostercare #internationaladoption #adoptedteen #cptsd #trauma #attachment #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #fosterfamily #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterparents #fostertoadopt #feltsafety #thereishope #ittakestime #relationaltrauma #traumainformed #trauma #jesuscanheal
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 17:06:25
fosterdad It’s our intern, Alyssa’s, last day of her internship. We want to thank her for all the great work she did for our CASA program this semester.
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#CASA #CASASHaW #ChangeAChildsStory #CASA4Families #FosterCare #FosterChildren #Volunteer #NewJersey #Children #ChildrenMatter #AllChildrenMatter #ChildAdvocacy #MakingADifference #MakeADifference 
#FosterMom #FosterDad #FosterParents #FosterYouth #ChildWelfare #SocialWork #SocialWorker #Caseworker #VolunteerLife #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocates #ChildAdvocacy #SomersetCounty #HunterdonCounty #WarrenCounty
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 16:08:56
fosterdad Many thanks to Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Somerset County Library System NJ for the gifts they provided our foster kids here at CASA SHaW during his holiday season. These gifts are going to make a lot of children happy during the holidays!
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#CASA #CASASHaW #ChangeAChildsStory #CASA4Families #FosterCare #FosterChildren #Volunteer #NewJersey #Children #ChildrenMatter #AllChildrenMatter #ChildAdvocacy #MakingADifference #MakeADifference 
#FosterMom #FosterDad #FosterParents #FosterYouth #ChildWelfare #SocialWork #SocialWorker #Caseworker #VolunteerLife #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocates #ChildAdvocacy #SomersetCounty #HunterdonCounty #WarrenCounty
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 15:17:23
Many thanks to Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Somerset County Library System NJ for the gifts they provided our foster kids here at CASA SHaW during his holiday season. These gifts are going to make a lot of children happy during the holidays! .... #CASA #CASASHaW #ChangeAChildsStory #CASA4Families #FosterCare #FosterChildren #Volunteer #NewJersey #Children #ChildrenMatter #AllChildrenMatter #ChildAdvocacy #MakingADifference #MakeADifference #FosterMom #FosterDad #FosterParents #FosterYouth #ChildWelfare #SocialWork #SocialWorker #Caseworker #VolunteerLife #ChildAdvocate #ChildAdvocates #ChildAdvocacy #SomersetCounty #HunterdonCounty #WarrenCounty
fosterdad I work with foster + adoptive moms because when I was a foster mom, I couldn’t find the support I needed... so I created it.

I admire foster/adoptive moms for their courage. It takes courage to love a child who has another family.

I admire their love. It is HARD to love without reservation.

I was a foster mom to a sibling group of 3 for just over a year and it was was HARD. I understand what it’s like to have major issues with a caseworker, to deal with biological parents hating me, and to have to set boundaries for my own mental health.

I believe in foster + adoptive moms ability to thrive! I believe that you can live a vibrant life even in the midst of the chaos and change that comes along with being involved in these complicated systems.

I’d love to invite you to grab my FREE guide to dealing with the holidays as a foster or adoptive mom. Head to the link in my profile & feel free to share! My hope is to provide you all the support you really need during this fun & challenging life phase. 💕
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 15:15:13
I work with foster + adoptive moms because when I was a foster mom, I couldn’t find the support I needed... so I created it. I admire foster/adoptive moms for their courage. It takes courage to love a child who has another family. I admire their love. It is HARD to love without reservation. I was a foster mom to a sibling group of 3 for just over a year and it was was HARD. I understand what it’s like to have major issues with a caseworker, to deal with biological parents hating me, and to have to set boundaries for my own mental health. I believe in foster + adoptive moms ability to thrive! I believe that you can live a vibrant life even in the midst of the chaos and change that comes along with being involved in these complicated systems. I’d love to invite you to grab my FREE guide to dealing with the holidays as a foster or adoptive mom. Head to the link in my profile & feel free to share! My hope is to provide you all the support you really need during this fun & challenging life phase. 💕
fosterdad Make a difference in a child’s life. Start the process to become a Mentor foster parent today, send us a DM to learn more.
#happychildhood #fostercare #thisisfostercare #fosterparent #fosterparents #fostermom #fosterdad #makeadifference #helpachild #fosterlove #fostering #fosterchildren #fosterkids #everychildmatters #alabama
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 14:34:42
Make a difference in a child’s life. Start the process to become a Mentor foster parent today, send us a DM to learn more. #happychildhood #fostercare #thisisfostercare #fosterparent #fosterparents #fostermom #fosterdad #makeadifference #helpachild #fosterlove #fostering #fosterchildren #fosterkids #everychildmatters #alabama
fosterdad Happy Birthday to this lovable,snuggable, fluff ball foster!!! Sonny is 4 years young today!! He’s a model in the making I tell ya!! Love ya Sonny!! (More than mommy!!!) Shhhhhh 🤫 you can apply to adopt this furry guy @rescuedogsrocknyc #tripawd #foster #adopt #adoptdontshop #fosterdog #fosterdad
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 13:22:08
Happy Birthday to this lovable,snuggable, fluff ball foster!!! Sonny is 4 years young today!! He’s a model in the making I tell ya!! Love ya Sonny!! (More than mommy!!!) Shhhhhh 🤫 you can apply to adopt this furry guy @rescuedogsrocknyc #tripawd #foster #adopt #adoptdontshop #fosterdog #fosterdad
fosterdad Huge feelings yesterday. It took me just a little bit to figure out why only mommy could help him make his bed. One of the other kids was asked to help him which resulted in total meltdown. 
Finally he said “I see my mom today?” “I’m sorry not today sweetie, I know you miss her, I miss her too.”
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Due to holiday and other people’s work schedules outside of our control, he has missed 3 visits with his sweet momma. Which is a really long time for him, to not have any contact with her. ——————————————————-
He just needed a mom to hold him, and help make his bed. This is the place where we stand in the gap. Someone said this and it’s so very true—-
He can love us fiercely, and equally want to leave us immediately. ———————————————————
I can be his mommy for however long he needs me, but he was never “meant to be” mine. ——————————————————- #fostercare #thisisfostercare  #fosterparents #fostercarelove #gettooattached #traumainformed #utahfostercare #beautifulintention #fostercarejourney #fosterlove #fosterlife #reunification #fostertoadopt #letthembelittle #madeformore #whatcanido #fostermom #fosterdad #keepsayingyes #fosterthefamily #attachmentparenting #fostermama #fostercareawareness #doitscared #momtomany #boymom #kidsfromhardplaces #hugitout #tbri
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 12:34:54
Huge feelings yesterday. It took me just a little bit to figure out why only mommy could help him make his bed. One of the other kids was asked to help him which resulted in total meltdown. Finally he said “I see my mom today?” “I’m sorry not today sweetie, I know you miss her, I miss her too.” ——————————————————- Due to holiday and other people’s work schedules outside of our control, he has missed 3 visits with his sweet momma. Which is a really long time for him, to not have any contact with her. ——————————————————- He just needed a mom to hold him, and help make his bed. This is the place where we stand in the gap. Someone said this and it’s so very true—- He can love us fiercely, and equally want to leave us immediately. ——————————————————— I can be his mommy for however long he needs me, but he was never “meant to be” mine. ——————————————————- #fostercare #thisisfostercare #fosterparents #fostercarelove #gettooattached #traumainformed #utahfostercare #beautifulintention #fostercarejourney #fosterlove #fosterlife #reunification #fostertoadopt #letthembelittle #madeformore #whatcanido #fostermom #fosterdad #keepsayingyes #fosterthefamily #attachmentparenting #fostermama #fostercareawareness #doitscared #momtomany #boymom #kidsfromhardplaces #hugitout #tbri
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 05:45:05
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fosterdad A year ago we announced we were becoming foster parents.

It’s been a FULL year. Two babies. One reunification. More tears than I could ever of thought imaginable. More joy than most have in a lifetime.

I’m proud of these 24 year olds for diving in. Arms and hearts wide open to whatever or whoever came.

I’ve learned that God shows up when we take brave steps. He just does. Sometimes in sweet and subtle ways. Sometimes in ways that knock you over in awe.

I’m ready to see what this next year has for us. I’m sure more tears... and more joy.
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 03:13:52
A year ago we announced we were becoming foster parents. It’s been a FULL year. Two babies. One reunification. More tears than I could ever of thought imaginable. More joy than most have in a lifetime. I’m proud of these 24 year olds for diving in. Arms and hearts wide open to whatever or whoever came. I’ve learned that God shows up when we take brave steps. He just does. Sometimes in sweet and subtle ways. Sometimes in ways that knock you over in awe. I’m ready to see what this next year has for us. I’m sure more tears... and more joy.
fosterdad The reason why we chose foster care was because of my dad. He loved helping kids, when he was a firefighter/ paramedic it’s what loved most about the job. it’s probably the best memories I have of him. This how I wanted honor his memory. I hope we can continue to do foster care for many years to come and help as many kids we can, #fosterlove #firefighterparamedic #fosterdad #helpingkidsinneed
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 02:54:49
The reason why we chose foster care was because of my dad. He loved helping kids, when he was a firefighter/ paramedic it’s what loved most about the job. it’s probably the best memories I have of him. This how I wanted honor his memory. I hope we can continue to do foster care for many years to come and help as many kids we can, #fosterlove #firefighterparamedic #fosterdad #helpingkidsinneed
fosterdad Diego is the best foster dad (he only eats the kittens sometimes) ft. Badger and a squished Bear ♥️
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 02:42:07
Diego is the best foster dad (he only eats the kittens sometimes) ft. Badger and a squished Bear ♥️
fosterdad Meet our new foster pup, his name is Fletcher and he was pulled from Detroit today. He got a nice bath and is settling in nicely #singer #rocknroll #fosterdad #adoptdontshop #pittiesrule
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 02:19:34
Meet our new foster pup, his name is Fletcher and he was pulled from Detroit today. He got a nice bath and is settling in nicely #singer #rocknroll #fosterdad #adoptdontshop #pittiesrule
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Warmer weather and green grass. 🌞
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 02:06:46
#ThrowbackThursday Warmer weather and green grass. 🌞
fosterdad Little Lady,
Six months ago we didn't know you. Today we experienced so much joy as we celebrated your forth birthday. It's been a crazy journey. We've made you cry. You've made us cry. But the amount of good times we've had surpass all of the bad. You've brought so much liveliness and personality to our home, and we are forever grateful to be a small part of your life journey.
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As I sit here watching Little Lady play with her birthday toys, the song O Praise the Name comes to mind. Today, I'm praising God for bringing us to this moment and for creating beautiful out of the brokeness. For allowing us to shepard Little Lady, if only for a small glimpse of time. And for leading us on this journey of loving kids from all walks of life. His plan is far greater than mine.
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O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God.
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 01:33:00
Little Lady, Six months ago we didn't know you. Today we experienced so much joy as we celebrated your forth birthday. It's been a crazy journey. We've made you cry. You've made us cry. But the amount of good times we've had surpass all of the bad. You've brought so much liveliness and personality to our home, and we are forever grateful to be a small part of your life journey. ➕➕➕ As I sit here watching Little Lady play with her birthday toys, the song O Praise the Name comes to mind. Today, I'm praising God for bringing us to this moment and for creating beautiful out of the brokeness. For allowing us to shepard Little Lady, if only for a small glimpse of time. And for leading us on this journey of loving kids from all walks of life. His plan is far greater than mine. ➕➕➕ O praise the name of the Lord our God O praise His name forever more For endless days we will sing Your praise Oh Lord, oh Lord our God. . . . . #fosterlove #fostering #gettooattached #theochsfoster #thisisfostercare #fostermom #mamahood #mamahood #mamahood #mamahood #mybeautifulmess #raisingmytribe #fosterdad #fosterparents #parenting #letthembelittle #fosterfamily #lovemakesafamily
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 01:25:57
🌮 🌮 🌮 🌮 🌮 🌮 🌮 🌮 • There is no greater 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮 than this, than to lay down one’s last 🌮 • I’m pretty sure that’s where the verse was going. 🤷🏼‍♀️ • • • • • #letstacoaboutit #thelasttaco #toddlermom #momoftoddlers #taconight #tacotuesdays #tacolove #welovetacos #fostermama #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterdaddy #fosterparent #parent #parenting #parentingsacrifices #tacosacrifice #fostercare #fosterlove #mama
fosterdad On December 14 from 9a to noon, bring your LifeGroup or friends to set-up, prep food, serve, and greet at our annual Christmas party for Foster Families! Let's show these awesome people that they are cared for deeply and throw them a wonderful, fun-filled party!

Sign up to contribute your time at westsidefamily.church/servesaturday! 💚
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 01:00:36
On December 14 from 9a to noon, bring your LifeGroup or friends to set-up, prep food, serve, and greet at our annual Christmas party for Foster Families! Let's show these awesome people that they are cared for deeply and throw them a wonderful, fun-filled party! Sign up to contribute your time at westsidefamily.church/servesaturday! 💚 . . . . . #kansascity #kcmo #lenexaks #shawneeks #overlandparkks #charity #generosity #kindnessiscontagious #kindnessmatters #communitydevelopment #communityempowerment #lovekc #giveback #dogood #socialimpact #fostercare #adoption #fostertoadopt #foster #fosterparents #fostering #fostercareadoption #adoptionjourney #fostermom #fosterkids #fosterdad #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily
fosterdad On December 14 from 9a to noon, bring your LifeGroup or friends to set-up, prep food, serve, and greet at our annual Christmas party for Foster Families! Let's show these awesome people that they are cared for deeply and throw them a wonderful, fun-filled party!

Sign up to contribute your time at westsidefamily.church/servesaturday! 💚
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 01:00:35
On December 14 from 9a to noon, bring your LifeGroup or friends to set-up, prep food, serve, and greet at our annual Christmas party for Foster Families! Let's show these awesome people that they are cared for deeply and throw them a wonderful, fun-filled party! Sign up to contribute your time at westsidefamily.church/servesaturday! 💚 . . . . . #kansascity #kcmo #lenexaks #shawneeks #overlandparkks #charity #generosity #kindnessiscontagious #kindnessmatters #communitydevelopment #communityempowerment #lovekc #giveback #dogood #socialimpact #fostercare #adoption #fostertoadopt #foster #fosterparents #fostering #fostercareadoption #adoptionjourney #fostermom #fosterkids #fosterdad #adoptionrocks #adoptivefamily
fosterdad Our #LittleFosterMan is in the house, visiting for the weekend!
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His first order of business was to depict the part of the Christmas story when the fire-alarms in the stable went off prompting a single engine response, followed by Caesar’s eminent domain decree turning the nativity into a construction site. .
Thanks to Pop & Grammy, and Great-Grandma for his new favorite toys!
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#FosterParent #Firefighter #firstnoel #christmas #nativity #babyjesus #fireengine #firstdue #firedept #volunteerfirefighter #fosterdad #fostermom #holidays
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Posted at: 2019-12-06 00:51:24
Our #LittleFosterMan is in the house, visiting for the weekend! . His first order of business was to depict the part of the Christmas story when the fire-alarms in the stable went off prompting a single engine response, followed by Caesar’s eminent domain decree turning the nativity into a construction site. . Thanks to Pop & Grammy, and Great-Grandma for his new favorite toys! . #FosterParent #Firefighter #firstnoel #christmas #nativity #babyjesus #fireengine #firstdue #firedept #volunteerfirefighter #fosterdad #fostermom #holidays
fosterdad Just doing some super sweet parkour while we wait for the therapist to show up for tonight’s session with one of the kiddos! .
Sometimes we get lucky and don’t have to commute to a therapist office or visitation center. These nights are super nice since everyone gets to stay home, finish homework, eat dinner and just relax! It’s gives everyone a break (especially momma since she is the one who gets stuck with most of the logistics). .
Now it’s time to eat dinner and take L to his jujitsu class with all the other smelly 3rd graders! .
#foster #fosterdad #dad #family #kids #fosterdads #foreverhome #love #home #fosterparents #thisisfostercare #fostering #fosterfamily #instantfamily #protectors #daddy #makingadifference #fostertoadopt #journey #adoption #reallife #daybyday #doitforthekids #reallife #reality #kids #kiddos #knoweldgeispower
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 23:54:14
Just doing some super sweet parkour while we wait for the therapist to show up for tonight’s session with one of the kiddos! . Sometimes we get lucky and don’t have to commute to a therapist office or visitation center. These nights are super nice since everyone gets to stay home, finish homework, eat dinner and just relax! It’s gives everyone a break (especially momma since she is the one who gets stuck with most of the logistics). . Now it’s time to eat dinner and take L to his jujitsu class with all the other smelly 3rd graders! . #foster #fosterdad #dad #family #kids #fosterdads #foreverhome #love #home #fosterparents #thisisfostercare #fostering #fosterfamily #instantfamily #protectors #daddy #makingadifference #fostertoadopt #journey #adoption #reallife #daybyday #doitforthekids #reallife #reality #kids #kiddos #knoweldgeispower
fosterdad פוזיק שלי חושבת עלייך ומתגעגעת בכל רגע...מזל שזורקי שומר עליי ומנחם בלי הפסקה ☹️#החדרשלפוזיק #זורקי #אחשלפוזיק #אבאאומנה #חתולים 
#puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram #fatcat #fatcatsofinstagram
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 22:36:59
פוזיק שלי חושבת עלייך ומתגעגעת בכל רגע...מזל שזורקי שומר עליי ומנחם בלי הפסקה ☹️#החדרשלפוזיק #זורקי #אחשלפוזיק #אבאאומנה #חתולים #puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram #fatcat #fatcatsofinstagram
fosterdad Just like his sister, Hansel is a ton of fun! He loves to run and he loves toys!!! He’d like to go home with his sister, they’ve been together since birth!! Hansel and Gretel don’t promise to not eat all your food, but they do promise to love you and bring Joy to your home, especially this holiday season!! 🎄
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 21:49:54
Just like his sister, Hansel is a ton of fun! He loves to run and he loves toys!!! He’d like to go home with his sister, they’ve been together since birth!! Hansel and Gretel don’t promise to not eat all your food, but they do promise to love you and bring Joy to your home, especially this holiday season!! 🎄
fosterdad Do you want to adopt me? My family didn’t want me so here I am, looking for you to save me!! Seriously, Frankie is looking for her Grace. Her saving Grace. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys her walks, but needs to be with a family who will be there for her! Consider taking Frankie home with you for the holidays 🎄
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 21:46:23
Do you want to adopt me? My family didn’t want me so here I am, looking for you to save me!! Seriously, Frankie is looking for her Grace. Her saving Grace. She gets along well with other dogs and enjoys her walks, but needs to be with a family who will be there for her! Consider taking Frankie home with you for the holidays 🎄
fosterdad Okay y’all, Açaí is so soft, like wow. She’s not only beautiful on the outside but she’s got inner beauty too! She’s great on a leash, great with making doggy friends, loves to run and play, she’s intelligent, and come on, she’s gorgeous! She was a stray and now she’s looking for someone to give her a good home!!
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 21:43:33
Okay y’all, Açaí is so soft, like wow. She’s not only beautiful on the outside but she’s got inner beauty too! She’s great on a leash, great with making doggy friends, loves to run and play, she’s intelligent, and come on, she’s gorgeous! She was a stray and now she’s looking for someone to give her a good home!!
fosterdad “The best cardio is shelter dog walking, everyone should do it, you’ll reach your goals in no time!” - fitness professionals everywhere 😂.. Check out Archie at @mcaspets he loves his walks and his cuddles!
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 21:38:21
“The best cardio is shelter dog walking, everyone should do it, you’ll reach your goals in no time!” - fitness professionals everywhere 😂.. Check out Archie at @mcaspets he loves his walks and his cuddles!
fosterdad LETS TALK ABOUT DOGS!! Bree is a beautiful pit bull mix, she’s a chewer but that’s not all that mouth does! That’s right, she’s a licker!!! In full pit bull style, she’s a hugger, kisser, snuggly little chewer. Not sure why her owner didn’t want her... she’s so good, even in the scary shelter!! And Gretel, came in with her brother Hansel as owner surrenders. Maybe their owner just didn’t like fun? Gretel is intelligent, energetic, loving, and she’s just the right size to curl up in your lap! She’s a lab and would make a great hunting buddy or family dog!
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 21:33:29
LETS TALK ABOUT DOGS!! Bree is a beautiful pit bull mix, she’s a chewer but that’s not all that mouth does! That’s right, she’s a licker!!! In full pit bull style, she’s a hugger, kisser, snuggly little chewer. Not sure why her owner didn’t want her... she’s so good, even in the scary shelter!! And Gretel, came in with her brother Hansel as owner surrenders. Maybe their owner just didn’t like fun? Gretel is intelligent, energetic, loving, and she’s just the right size to curl up in your lap! She’s a lab and would make a great hunting buddy or family dog!
fosterdad Suzuki Chan is Sneaky, Sneaky!! 🐁I think he had a slight advantage #puppyplay #fosterdad #bernesemountaindog LOVES our new #furbaby #fosterkittensofinstagram #dog #cat #dogsofinstagram #bernesemountaindogmix
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 20:20:11
Suzuki Chan is Sneaky, Sneaky!! 🐁I think he had a slight advantage #puppyplay #fosterdad #bernesemountaindog LOVES our new #furbaby #fosterkittensofinstagram #dog #cat #dogsofinstagram #bernesemountaindogmix
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 19:38:34
fosterdad 24 hours ago this crib was filled a sweet, little girl who needed a home to love her and keep her safe. She was with our family only for a short 5 weeks but we fell in love with her and will think of her often. Foster care is not for the faint of heart but it’s a very rewarding and humbling experience. One that teaches you to love without condition. One that teaches you to fight for those who are weak. One that teaches you that no matter how chaotic things may seem - you walk into the chaos because someone else is already living in it and never asked to be there to begin with. Our family will take a few week break over the holidays and we’re all excited to start and walk this journey again with another precious child who’s living in chaos to whom we get to offer comfort, safety, love, and support. #fostercare #dadlife #fosterdad
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 19:29:49
24 hours ago this crib was filled a sweet, little girl who needed a home to love her and keep her safe. She was with our family only for a short 5 weeks but we fell in love with her and will think of her often. Foster care is not for the faint of heart but it’s a very rewarding and humbling experience. One that teaches you to love without condition. One that teaches you to fight for those who are weak. One that teaches you that no matter how chaotic things may seem - you walk into the chaos because someone else is already living in it and never asked to be there to begin with. Our family will take a few week break over the holidays and we’re all excited to start and walk this journey again with another precious child who’s living in chaos to whom we get to offer comfort, safety, love, and support. #fostercare #dadlife #fosterdad
fosterdad 🐶💗🐈 Zuki 💓s Taki
#fosterdad #bernesemountaindog LOVES our new #furbaby #fosterkittensofinstagram #catnapping #cat #dogsofinstagram #bernesemountaindogmix
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 19:28:12
fosterdad 🐶💗🐈 Zuki 💓s Taki
#fosterdad #bernesemountaindog LOVES our new #furbaby #fosterkitten #furbabylove #cute
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 19:13:09
fosterdad Meet adoptable Angel! 
Angel is a Shepard/Alaskan Malamud we believe. Could have some Huskey as well. Angels from northern Saskatchewan and has had a litter or two of puppy’s. She has not yet been spade but has a appointment December the 18th. Angel is a extremely affectionate dog, who wants nothing more than to kiss you, get belly rubs and butt scratches and most of all treats! She would work well with a active person/family who likes to go on hikes and runs as she has a lot of energy. She is not aggressive when it comes to other dogs but gets very excited, will bark, jump around and that may lead to other dogs reacting. Go to raincoast dog rescues website to fill out a application if you are interested in meeting her and potentially foster to adopt! Or even if you aren’t looking to adopt a dog please share this in hopes that we can fulfil her Christmas wish, which is to have a forever home!! 🎄🐕 #adoptdontshop #raincoastdogrescue #seasonofgiving #foreverhome #dogsarelife #rescuedogsofinstagram #fosterdad #rescueismyfavoritebreed
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 17:39:18
Meet adoptable Angel! Angel is a Shepard/Alaskan Malamud we believe. Could have some Huskey as well. Angels from northern Saskatchewan and has had a litter or two of puppy’s. She has not yet been spade but has a appointment December the 18th. Angel is a extremely affectionate dog, who wants nothing more than to kiss you, get belly rubs and butt scratches and most of all treats! She would work well with a active person/family who likes to go on hikes and runs as she has a lot of energy. She is not aggressive when it comes to other dogs but gets very excited, will bark, jump around and that may lead to other dogs reacting. Go to raincoast dog rescues website to fill out a application if you are interested in meeting her and potentially foster to adopt! Or even if you aren’t looking to adopt a dog please share this in hopes that we can fulfil her Christmas wish, which is to have a forever home!! 🎄🐕 #adoptdontshop #raincoastdogrescue #seasonofgiving #foreverhome #dogsarelife #rescuedogsofinstagram #fosterdad #rescueismyfavoritebreed
fosterdad 46° & sunny, coffee, donuts, an empty park & Charles Dickens. After a week of “traumaing” all over the place, we are taking a deep breath this morning-here’s to hoping you can find a moment to breathe today, too. 💫
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 16:19:13
46° & sunny, coffee, donuts, an empty park & Charles Dickens. After a week of “traumaing” all over the place, we are taking a deep breath this morning-here’s to hoping you can find a moment to breathe today, too. 💫
fosterdad A blurry shot, but still moment worth remembering forever 💙
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We signed our court application to finalize Bud's adoption this morning. In light of how momentous this was, it felt like such a ridiculously ordinary moment as we juggled three kiddos in an agency meeting room: reading statements, bouncing babies on our laps, signing affidavits, handing over toys and making choo-choo noises, while our adoption worker explained more information.
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Just like the ridiculously ordinary moments of wiping bums, singing songs, and playing patty cakes. Just one ridiculously ordinary moment strung after another. And enough of those ordinary moments turn into a day, a month, a year, and 2.5 years after rocking a newborn baby boy, here we are... applying to the court, asking for a date to finalize this moment.
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The emotions are all over the place. A slobbery mess one moment and elated giggles the next. The beauty and brokenness of adoption coexist-- they are not mutually exclusive, the tension is ever present. .
One day soon, we will walk into a courtroom and sign papers in front of a judge. And in that moment, Bud will be officially ours. It's just a paper and it's so much more than a paper. Everything changes, and nothing changes.

#thisisfostercare #adoption #fostercare #fosterdad #fostermama
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 16:03:14
A blurry shot, but still moment worth remembering forever 💙 . We signed our court application to finalize Bud's adoption this morning. In light of how momentous this was, it felt like such a ridiculously ordinary moment as we juggled three kiddos in an agency meeting room: reading statements, bouncing babies on our laps, signing affidavits, handing over toys and making choo-choo noises, while our adoption worker explained more information. . Just like the ridiculously ordinary moments of wiping bums, singing songs, and playing patty cakes. Just one ridiculously ordinary moment strung after another. And enough of those ordinary moments turn into a day, a month, a year, and 2.5 years after rocking a newborn baby boy, here we are... applying to the court, asking for a date to finalize this moment. . The emotions are all over the place. A slobbery mess one moment and elated giggles the next. The beauty and brokenness of adoption coexist-- they are not mutually exclusive, the tension is ever present. . One day soon, we will walk into a courtroom and sign papers in front of a judge. And in that moment, Bud will be officially ours. It's just a paper and it's so much more than a paper. Everything changes, and nothing changes. #thisisfostercare #adoption #fostercare #fosterdad #fostermama
fosterdad New Series!! Emotionally Senstive Parenting. Did you know that some children are emotionally sensitive? Because of temperament or past trauma these children often feel their emotions more intensely and for longer periods of time.  They're often very empathetic and kind towards others.  Parents of these children need to be attuned to their children and their extra needs.  The 1st key to parent sensitive children is to recognize this sensitivity and avoid negatively labeling your child and the ways they process the world. Learn to appreciate the unique way that God has created them!! ❤#emotionallysensitive #lovingandaccepting #wearealldifferent #acceptance #greatestoftheseislove #adoption #fostercare #internationaladoption #adoptedteen #cptsd #trauma #attachment #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #fosterfamily #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterparents #fostertoadopt  #feltsafety #thereishope #ittakestime #relationaltrauma #traumainformed #trauma #jesuscanheal
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 16:01:40
New Series!! Emotionally Senstive Parenting. Did you know that some children are emotionally sensitive? Because of temperament or past trauma these children often feel their emotions more intensely and for longer periods of time. They're often very empathetic and kind towards others. Parents of these children need to be attuned to their children and their extra needs. The 1st key to parent sensitive children is to recognize this sensitivity and avoid negatively labeling your child and the ways they process the world. Learn to appreciate the unique way that God has created them!! ❤#emotionallysensitive #lovingandaccepting #wearealldifferent #acceptance #greatestoftheseislove #adoption #fostercare #internationaladoption #adoptedteen #cptsd #trauma #attachment #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #fosterfamily #fostermom #fosterdad #fosterparents #fostertoadopt #feltsafety #thereishope #ittakestime #relationaltrauma #traumainformed #trauma #jesuscanheal
fosterdad Look where we caught Jingles this morning! 🧝‍♂️🤔 #ElfontheShelf #elf #jingles #capstone #christmasatcapstone #fostering #fostermum #fosterdad #fostercare #fosterfamily #children #love #care
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 15:16:00
fosterdad Any other foster moms inhale essential oils before going into court? Or maybe I’m shaking because this is my first time. Regardless, this Valor is saving me today. Cool fact. It’s the same blend the Roman soldiers applied before going into battle for courage. I think this is pretty much the same situation.🙃
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 14:52:15
Any other foster moms inhale essential oils before going into court? Or maybe I’m shaking because this is my first time. Regardless, this Valor is saving me today. Cool fact. It’s the same blend the Roman soldiers applied before going into battle for courage. I think this is pretty much the same situation.🙃
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 13:19:22
הכן בטנך לחורף 😋😋😋 #החדרשלפוזיק #זורקי #אחשלפוזיק #אבאאומנה #חתולים #puziksroom #zorki #puziksbrother #zorki #fosterdad #cats #catsofinstagram #fatcat #fatcatsofinstagram
fosterdad Thankful Thursday! .
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The kids L O V E D their first movie theatre experience!! It was seriously so much fun!!! The kids did AMAZING!!! (Minus the baby of course) lol .
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But... I actually cried twice during the movie. And NOT because of the movie.  It was sheer happiness and gratitude. Ever felt felt so happy or so grateful that you cried? I just kept glancing over at our kiddos; Watching their facial expressions, listening to their giggles... we got to be a part of their FIRST movie theatre experience. 🥰
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I starting choking up when our 2 year old “Mr. M” grabbed my hand and held it for the last half of the movie. HE grabbed MY hand. Then again when our other 2 year old “Ms. R” decided she wanted to move her snack so that she could sit closer (on top) of me. .
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Foster care is not easy. Foster care is messy, hard, sad, and absolutely amazing. All of those emotions. All the time. We never know how long our kiddos will remain in our care. But it’s moments like these when it doesn’t matter at all. .
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This is Foster Care. 💚💜💙❤️💛
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 12:50:48
Thankful Thursday! . . The kids L O V E D their first movie theatre experience!! It was seriously so much fun!!! The kids did AMAZING!!! (Minus the baby of course) lol . . But... I actually cried twice during the movie. And NOT because of the movie. It was sheer happiness and gratitude. Ever felt felt so happy or so grateful that you cried? I just kept glancing over at our kiddos; Watching their facial expressions, listening to their giggles... we got to be a part of their FIRST movie theatre experience. 🥰 . . I starting choking up when our 2 year old “Mr. M” grabbed my hand and held it for the last half of the movie. HE grabbed MY hand. Then again when our other 2 year old “Ms. R” decided she wanted to move her snack so that she could sit closer (on top) of me. . . Foster care is not easy. Foster care is messy, hard, sad, and absolutely amazing. All of those emotions. All the time. We never know how long our kiddos will remain in our care. But it’s moments like these when it doesn’t matter at all. . . This is Foster Care. 💚💜💙❤️💛
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 06:00:22
fosterdad You guys are the best! Thank you for sending gifts for our fost/adopt parent party! I'm finishing up some last minute prep, but we have enough gifts for each family to go home with 1-2 gifts. The link is still available in my profile if you'd still like to send something via Amazon Prime to arrive by Sunday.
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I'm seriously so thankful for how many of you came through.
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Our party is on Monday and I'm looking forward to giving your gifts to these amazing people who are loving these children from hard places.
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If I haven't thanked you individually, please know that your contribution hasn't gone unnoticed.
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 04:27:46
You guys are the best! Thank you for sending gifts for our fost/adopt parent party! I'm finishing up some last minute prep, but we have enough gifts for each family to go home with 1-2 gifts. The link is still available in my profile if you'd still like to send something via Amazon Prime to arrive by Sunday. . I'm seriously so thankful for how many of you came through. . Our party is on Monday and I'm looking forward to giving your gifts to these amazing people who are loving these children from hard places. . If I haven't thanked you individually, please know that your contribution hasn't gone unnoticed. . . . #fosterparenting #fostermom #fosterdad #thankful #blessed #fosterlove #party #partytime #thankyou #gift #giftgiving
fosterdad So...you want to know more about being a foster parent, do ya? 
I mean, who wouldn’t when you see all the fun, happy pictures of parents and their kiddos running through a field of wildflowers smiling without a care in the world!

Well...I hate to be the one to tell you this but that is only 1/100,000,000th of the day to day life of being a foster parent. 
Foster care can be one of the most frustrating journeys you ever choose to embark on in your life. It will subject you to every emotion in the book. 
On the flip side, I have never experienced anything that has changed my life as much as fostering kiddos. The feeling you get from helping kiddos in need cannot be described. 
Sure, they can and mostly certainly will drive you to the cliff of insanity, put the car in park, open your door, walk you to the cliff and give you a nice kick off the ledge. .
But you know what, I would get back into that car every time.  You see, potential foster parents get caught up in the idea that foster care is about them. 
Their emotions, their feelings and their quality of life. If you have that mentality then do the kids a favor and just stop pursing this journey now. 
This isn’t about you cupcake. This is about the kids. It’s about their emotions, their feelings and their quality of life. 
These kids deserve to have the best life possible! It’s not their fault that they have been put in this situation but it is your job to give them normalcy. 
I know this was a long winded introduction (My name is Steve by the way and my wife and I currently foster three amazing kiddos) but I wanted to drop some knowledge on you all. 
I have been wanting to start and instagram page for awhile now talking about the unfiltered/raw side of foster care from a dad’s perspective. The good, the bad and the day to day life of what foster care is all about. 
If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask away. I am more than happy to help anyone in need. 
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Posted at: 2019-12-05 03:50:45
So...you want to know more about being a foster parent, do ya? I mean, who wouldn’t when you see all the fun, happy pictures of parents and their kiddos running through a field of wildflowers smiling without a care in the world! Well...I hate to be the one to tell you this but that is only 1/100,000,000th of the day to day life of being a foster parent. Foster care can be one of the most frustrating journeys you ever choose to embark on in your life. It will subject you to every emotion in the book. On the flip side, I have never experienced anything that has changed my life as much as fostering kiddos. The feeling you get from helping kiddos in need cannot be described. Sure, they can and mostly certainly will drive you to the cliff of insanity, put the car in park, open your door, walk you to the cliff and give you a nice kick off the ledge. . But you know what, I would get back into that car every time. You see, potential foster parents get caught up in the idea that foster care is about them. Their emotions, their feelings and their quality of life. If you have that mentality then do the kids a favor and just stop pursing this journey now. This isn’t about you cupcake. This is about the kids. It’s about their emotions, their feelings and their quality of life. These kids deserve to have the best life possible! It’s not their fault that they have been put in this situation but it is your job to give them normalcy. I know this was a long winded introduction (My name is Steve by the way and my wife and I currently foster three amazing kiddos) but I wanted to drop some knowledge on you all. I have been wanting to start and instagram page for awhile now talking about the unfiltered/raw side of foster care from a dad’s perspective. The good, the bad and the day to day life of what foster care is all about. If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask away. I am more than happy to help anyone in need. #foster #fosterdad #dad #family #kids #fosterdads #foreverhome #love #home #fosterparents #thisisfostercare #fostering #fosterfamily #instantfamily #protectors #daddy #makingadifference #fostertoadopt #doitforthekids


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