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What I Wish Others Knew About How Foster Parents Grieve

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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.

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.

You are a Role Model -- Whether You Like it or Not

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 09.04.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

s. There are far too many poor role models for our kids to watch, and our kids to follow. You and I need to step it up. You and I need to change that. We need to take our role of being a good parent more seriously. We need to embrace the possibility that we might be the only positive role model other children might ever see.

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.

We Are Failing Our Children

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

These children I watch on tv throwing rocks, acting with disrespect towards our law officers, engaging in unspeakable actions towards their own siblings, and even taking the lives of others; they are victims of failure from their own families.

Rewards in Foster Parenting: Rewards in Love

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.30.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dr. John DeGarmo

Before I was a foster parent, I had some mixed views about the foster care system. To say that I was unaware and ignorant of what foster care was about is quite the understatement.

You Are Ignoring Children In Need.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

You are ignoring children in need. You felt strongly about gay marriage rights, and you fought for them, putting all your energy into it.

Foster Parenting: Why We Care for Kids in Need

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

"Let me talk about this with my wife, and I will call you back," I said to the case worker, before saying goodbye to her. It was just past dinner tim...

Foster Care Youth: We Are Everyone & No One's Responsibility

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Basile

May is Foster Care Awareness Month, so it seems a fitting time to admit that I, too, am a foster youth survivor. I entered into the system in my early teens and aged out, and I say 'survivor' because it feels like a war.

To the Heroes Advocating on Behalf of Abused Children

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Stacey Steinberg

Please remember that you change lives every single day. You see things most 'regular people' pretend don't exist. You nurture broken hearts by day and fall asleep at night wishing only that you could have done more.

This Isn't Just a Skateboard

Danielle Gletow | Posted 05.01.2015 | 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.

Brave: A Father's Love

Kristin Shaw | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Before that terrible day 14 years ago, Austin was typical by most accounts. He was able to walk evenly, talk as well as any 2-year-old, and use both hands equally. He was happy and inquisitive, explored things eagerly, and enjoyed watching cartoons.

Teen Charged In Stabbing Death Of Foster Mom

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.10.2014 | Crime

A Hawaii woman is dead after her foster son allegedly stabbed her to death on Saturday. Fifty-two-year-old Jolyn Kipapa was found dead by police af...

They Would Hide Their Purses

Chris Chmielewski | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Chris Chmielewski

I got my card when I was fourteen. The card read this is one scary ass kid. He has clearly done something wrong. Probably a head case, definitely hide your valuables and watch what you say.

Wisconsin: Outstanding Child Abuse & Foster Care Professionals to go Along with the Great Food

Dominic Carter | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Dominic Carter

I had never seen the Mississippi River up close, with its picture-perfect views until I arrived in Wisconsin, but the beautiful city of La Crosse will also stand out to me for some of the best food in AMERICA.

Thanking the Women in Our Lives

Areva Martin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The load of responsibility placed on the shoulders of women in our society is heavy. It's stressful. It's hard work. It's not easy.

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

20,000 Kids Placed With Adoptive Families Through National Website

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials say 20,000 foster children have been adopted after being listed on a national website that links adoptive families wit...

We Were Waiting To Be A 'Forever Family'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

'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...

What I Never Expected To Feel After We Adopted

CT Working Moms | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

It was the worst when I was home alone with the children. That superstar mom our social worker described in her reports was nowhere to be seen and I found myself wondering how to summon the strength to meet their basic needs. Dress, feed, kiss, play -- these felt like monumental tasks.

How My Foster Mother's Love Saved My Life

Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

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

Here's The Rub Of Being A Foster Parent

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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