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Foster Parenting

How Foster Parenting Has Changed Me

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

“But why do you do it? Why do you take care of so many children?” It was a question I had been asked a great deal of late. Recently, I had been do...

3 Tips for New Foster-Adoptive Parents

Danielle Helzer | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Danielle Helzer

Four years ago, my husband and I started our journey as foster parents with a set of unrealistic expectations. We didn't know any foster parents. We f...

What Foster Parents Should Know About Emotional Investment

Jamie Nestrick | Posted 01.24.2017 | 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 particu...

Why You Need to Help Break the Cycle of Abuse

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.16.2016 | 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.

This Isn't Just a Skateboard

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

When I started One Simple Wish in 2008 a few people told me they probably wouldn't ever grant a wish because they didn't think giving kids "stuff" was really going to make much of a difference in their lives.

Astoria Characters: The Super Sister

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.15.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sister Tesa, the founder and executive director of Hour Children, has good reason to be concerned. The people in the photos are the mothers and children her nonprofit helps get back on their feet when the women get of jail.

How It Felt To Let My Foster Daughter Go

Rachel Joyce | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

There are five little names on a chain around my neck. Three of those names belong to the babies I bore biologically, and two of those little names are babies I got to raise for a short time and then let them go.

The Power of Love: How A Texan Town Of 600 People Took In 76 Foster Care Children

Guideposts | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion

Everybody knows everybody and we look out for each other, especially one segment of our little community: 76 foster kids Possum Trot families have taken in. Not bad for a town of 600, right? Some people say it's a miracle.

'We Were Told To Leave Nina In The Playroom, All By Herself, And Depart'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the fourteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includ...

An Important New Documentary About Child Abuse

Mark Redmond | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents
Mark Redmond

There are 463,000 children in foster care in the United States, and in Ask Us Who We Are, 9 adolescents tell stories that represent the experiences of the vast majority of all the others.

Jason Cherkis

Michele Bachmann's History As A Foster Parent Remains Murky | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON--Rep. Michele Bachmann mentions her stint as a foster mother at every opportunity, whether she's introducing herself at the recent debate i...

Jaci And Eric Hasemeyer: California Couple Inspires Neighborhood To Adopt Dozens

Gimundo | Kathryn Hawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 1996, Jaci and Eric Hasemeyer already had three children, and had believed their family was complete. But when Jaci, a P.E. teacher at a Riverside,...

Parenting and Adoption: Love and a Lot More

Sally Maslansky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Maslansky

Before becoming a parent, reflecting on our own childhoods is an essential first step. What are our own unresolved issues?