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The Trauma and Turmoil of Being Placed in YOUR Home: Uncertainty for Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

It was late, and I was at my desk in my library, doing some writing for an upcoming book. Earlier that afternoon, we had taken in three foster chi...

What Foster Parents Should Know About Emotional Investment

Jamie Nestrick | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents
Jamie Nestrick

As foster parents, we have to walk a fine line between being 100% emotionally invested in the kids in our care, but not at all attached to any par...

The Reality of Child Sex Trafficking and Foster Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 01.11.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Child Sex Trafficking. It's an ugly secret that many in the 21st century simply do not know about. It is also an ugly dark secret that many today wi...

Why I Do Nothing on Christmas Day

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a parent of over 50 children the past 18 years, through adoption, foster care, and my own biological children, each day is pretty busy for my wife and I. Visitations for my children from foster care with upset birth parents, untold amounts of doctor visits with sick children, homework, bath time, laundry for up to 11 kids at one time, and of course 75,982 diapers changed in 18 years (my best estimate!)

Watch These Foster Kids Get The Christmas Gift Of A Lifetime

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents

Three foster kids were in for an emotional surprise when they unwrapped a very special Christmas present.  Oregon parents Sarah and Micha...

9 Things Foster Parents Need to Know Before Writing to the Judge

Dawn Teo | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Dawn Teo

Many foster parents do not know that any "interested party" can communicate with the judge who oversees a dependency case.

Your Child Is In Danger, and You Continue to Ignore the Problem

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

A dark little secret, though, in America today is that of human sex trafficking. Many in society either are not aware of it, or refuse to acknowledge its existence in our nation, and around the world, today.

5 Ways You Have The Power to Change a Life, Just the Way You Are -- From an Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Last year almost 30-thousand youth aged out of Foster Care. Those children left care without a family and now have a greater likelihood of being incarcerated, homeless or having an unintended pregnancy.

What I Wish Others Knew About Adoption

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

There will be difficult times during the adoption process, and afterwards too. It may seem, at times, that your relationship is going backwards. Yet with time, love and patience, adoptions are often one of the greatest gifts of love you can offer a child; a gift that will bless your family, as well.

Embracing the Well-Being of Transgender Foster Youth

Shannan Wilber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shannan Wilber

The extreme vulnerability of transgender children and youth in foster care, and the specific harms they suffer when their caregivers ignore, denigrate or deny their gender identity is a serious public health problem.

How Adoption Changed My Life

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.04.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

My family has grown by three children, bringing our total to six children, both biological and adoptive. Each child is unique, each child is special, and each child is deserving of such love. My love for them is equally the same, and equally as strong.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

5 Things You Need to Survive as a Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.21.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a foster parent of over 45 children from foster care, there are those days when I am a whole lot worn out! That includes the 10 children in my home right now. Now, don't get me wrong, it is the most important "job" I have ever done, and it has made me a better person.

4 Things Every Parent Should Do Before Their Kids Wake Up

Benjamin Hardy | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Benjamin Hardy

Here are the four things that have changed the father my kids interact with when they wake up in the mornings. I wish I could say it only impacts me. But I'd be lying. In a short period of time, our entire family dynamic has changed.

Memories Forgotten (From a Ward of the State)

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I hate when people tell me to reflect on good memories. Little do they know, I don't have many.

You Can Save A Child's Life

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Without a doubt, what you are doing matters. What you are doing is truly making a tremendous difference in the lives of children in need. Though you may feel exhausted at times, and though you may feel that you are not making an impact, you are changing the life of a child.

What I Wish Others Knew About How Foster Parents Grieve

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a foster parent is the moment when our child from foster care leaves our homes. As a foster parent, our home becomes a place where children placed in the foster care system come for a period of time, with the goal of being reunited with their family in the near future.

Lost

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sophia Williams-Baugh

You ever see a stray cat and think about how it got outside by itself, how long it's been on it's own, and how it's surviving? You think to yourself, ...

They Don't Know the Life of a Foster Child

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

Prejudgment, false conception, and assumptions are a few of the many things that foster kids deal with on a constant basis. Unless they have lived it, breathed it and endured through it, many don't know what a lot of foster kids go through.

Why You Need to Help Break the Cycle of Abuse

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

You say you want to help kids. You say you want to make a difference. Do you really? Will you step outside of your comfort zone to make that difference, to help kids who need you? You see, YOU have the power to break the cycle.

Children Living With Relatives Lose Out on Benefits as Young Adults

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Children living with relatives often receive the short end of the stick -- regularly lacking health benefits, access to programs and college grants received by other foster youth -- but, seemingly, no one knows or cares to discuss the topic. Often, the media discusses foster care, yet does not go into the deeper complexities of the confusing child welfare system.

Protecting Your Partner, Protecting Your Marriage: Why Marriages Fail for Foster Parents

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

If we do not take care of ourselves, you and I as foster parents, we may very well become filled with anxiety, grow weary, and face burnout.

What the Media Doesn't Tell You About Foster Parents Like Me

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You might think that all foster parents are bad people. You might think that all foster parents are in it for the money. You might think that all foster parents don't care about the children in their homes. I am not that kind of foster parent.

Are You the Reason Our Children Are Failing in School?

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Dr. John DeGarmo

When I first began teaching, and before I was a foster parent, I knew very little about foster care, or about foster children. To be sure, what I thought I knew about children in foster care, and about the foster care system, was as far from the truth as possible.

Why I Pray as a Foster Parent

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Dr. John DeGarmo

As a foster parent, I look to prayer to not only get through the day, but to best help these children in need. I look to prayer to not only be the best father figure I can to the children in my home, but to give them the love they need to heal from their pain and abuse.