Advocacy

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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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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Air1 and KLOVE Raise a Call for Foster Care & Orphans – Foster Parents Article

This weekend, Air1 and KLOVE took to the air for kids in need of families – highlighting the Bible’s call and how ordinary people can make a difference. You can catch the recording and article now on the KLOVE and Air1 websites:  Foster Dad Says, “You Never Outgrow The Need For A Family.” As the written article describes, “You never outgrow the need for a family.  You may no longer need someone to tie your shoes in the morning, but…

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Troubled by Child Separation? 7 Ways We Can Do Something About It – Foster Parents Article

The hearts of many Americans ached over the separation of children from their parents at the US border.  And rightly so.  Children that lack the care and protection of family are, literally, among the most vulnerable beings on earth. That is why, as argued on this blog, “all good public policy begins with the priority of family.” Today, most of the 2,000 to 3,000 children separated from their parents at the border have been reunited, or soon will be.  That’s good…

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FCAA Board of Director Policy Statement: Adherholt Amendment – Foster Parents Article

16 Jul FCAA: Policy Statement on Aderholt Amendment Background:  The FCAA National Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of professionals who have a wide variety of previous exposure to, and life experiences within, the child welfare system, including foster care. Based on our professional and personal experiences, we are in opposition to the  “license to discriminate” against children, youth, and families according to moral and religious reasons outlined in the Aderholt Amendment. We are also in opposition…

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FCAA Member Builds Foster Awareness Through Pageant Platform – Foster Parents Article

14 Jul FCAA Member Builds Foster Awareness Through Pageant Platform On July 29th, Jamerika will compete for the National Ms. USA Ambassador title in Tampa, FL. I first learned about pageants from watching Miss America. I admired the sparkly gowns, polished on-stage answers and bright stage lights. I too felt like I could be the next Miss America. However once the telecast was over, so was my daydream of being in a pageant. I was five-years-old when I went into foster…

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FCAA Policy Statement Regarding Immigration Families – Foster Parents Article

28 Jun FCAA Policy Statement on Immigration Families   Background:  The FCAA National Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of professionals who have a wide variety of previous exposure to and life experiences within the child welfare system including foster care. Based on our professional and personal experiences we take a stand on the forced separation of children from families at the southern US border.   We’ve recently witnessed thousands of babies, children and teens separated from…

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