Advocacy

Give every child the chance to thrive – Single Mum, Parents Article

We’re lobbying the Victorian Government to introduce a voucher-based scheme for extracurricular activities, so every child has the opportunity to engage in sport or music. You can help by signing our petition! Extracurricular activities taught Troy that football isn’t the only ‘sport’ out there – he discovered he’s good at hip hop. They taught Astrid perfect breaststroke technique; and they’re supposed to be teaching Tom and Bec keyboard skills, if only they would stop chatting and actually practice. Extracurricular activities…

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Family Preservation Versus Child Protection?  Gripping Polar Truths – Foster Parents Article

In the past two weeks alone, and in at least a dozen separate contexts, I’ve listened to leaders…heard friends…read emails…reviewed articles…all expressing deeply-felt convictions on seemingly opposite sides of a single issue. Often, it is framed as one value pitched in mortal combat with another:  family preservation and reunification on one side VERSUS foster care, adoption and other means of child protection on the other. There was a true beauty in so many of the things I heard.  Stories of…

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Thoughts On Adoption From A Transracial Adoptee – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email One of the greatest resources for us as adoptive and foster parents is adoptees, and adoptee’s voices. We are fortunate to partner with many adoptees from all ages and walks of life. We have learned so much from them, and will continue to do so. On the latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast we are pleased to welcome transracial adoptee and advocate, Tori DeMartile. Tori is a transracial adoptee on a…

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US Department of State 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Foster Parents Article

Strong empirical and anecdotal evidence reveals that human traffickers view children that lack families as the ideal target.  The 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report from the US Department of State offers a particularly vivid picture of this reality worldwide. The annual report again underscores a simple truth:  if we care about human trafficking, one powerful way to turn abstract indignation into concrete action is to welcome orphaned children and foster youth into consistent relationships and loving homes. The report again highlights…

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Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year – Foster Parents Article

Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted social worker…a former orphan…a single foster mom…human trafficking victim…foster siblings…and others. The video below captures it well, and I still find tears coming to my…

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Wall Street Journal:  Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too – Foster Parents Article

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal claims, “Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too.”  Its subtitle backs up the bold statement this way: “If you want to see for yourself, attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans summit.” Writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, herself Jewish, penned the piece after attending the CAFO2019 Summit last month.  It begins: Legislation restricting abortion in Georgia, Alabama and other states has helped bring a decades long conflict back to the center of American politics. Some worn-out…

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How a Church in Houston is Practically Serving a Largely Forgotten Group of People in Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Toni Steere a few questions about ministry and leadership. Toni is the Director of the Legacy 685 Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Throughout the past ten years, Legacy 685 has faithfully served adoptive and foster families in the greater Houston area as an “outside the walls” ministry!   I asked her four questions, but was particularly blown away by her answer to the first, so I thought I would just…

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Why is the Word “Brokenness” in the CAFO2019 Theme? – Foster Parents Article

Virtually every person I know in this field has expressed something similar.  Fellow adoptive and foster parents.  Nonprofit leaders.  Social workers.  Church ministry leads.  Dedicated mentors. “It’s beautiful.  And it’s really, really hard.” Each story is different.  But whenever we come near to our world’s hurt, we will share in its pain. Whenever we come near to our world’s hurt, we will share in its pain. It’s been that way for me and my family for sure.  Nearly all our…

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Foster Alumnus Stafford MacArthur James Purvis Speaks Out About His Experiences in Care – Foster Parents Article

10 Dec Foster Alumnus Stafford MacArthur James Purvis Speaks Out About His Experiences in Care Even after being placed with a family — or even when chosen — it is a struggle becoming comfortable with where you are. Without proper guidance or help, becoming a productive member of society can be one of the hardest things a foster care youth can accomplish. From someone who has been in the system, as well as been homeless, I can wholehearterdly sympathize with…

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September is Kinship Care Month! – Foster Parents Article

Cover for September-October FFT Magazine. “Simply put, I was terrified. Aside from the usual frazzled excitement that comes with being a new parent, I was afraid to fail because of my own prior system involvement as a youth. Wanting to be something for a child that I had never experienced was scary, but I knew that we could do it with the right support. As soon as I shared the news about the opportunity to provide kinship care within my…

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