EP 18: Fostering Special Needs with Lauren

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At the age of 21--the minimum age of a foster parent in her state--Lauren applied to be a foster mom.  She then completed the necessary extra training to take in only kids with traditional special needs.  A young, single mom who just started her career, Lauren didn't let anything stop her from fostering.  

This episode was recorded before Lauren received any placements.  In this episode she talks with Caitlin about why she wanted to foster, why she wanted children with special needs, and why she didn't wait for the "right time" to apply.

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EP 17: Handling the Unknowns of Medical Care with Myranda

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Myranda and Caitlin spend time venting about their frustrations about taking placements with little to no medical records.  What do you do when you're not sure if a child has been vaccinated?  How do you advocate for the best medical care when you don't know your child's birthday?  Or what they're allergic to?

Both moms give anecdotes and provide some practical advice on how to care for children when you're not sure what their medical history is.

Connect with Myranda:  instagram

EP 14: Instant Family with Shelby

    

 

 

Shelby is a brand new foster-to-adopt mom.  Recently, she and her husband finalized the adoption of their first non-respite care placement.  Congrats, Shelby!  In this episode, Shelby talks about what it's like to pursue foster-to-adopt as new, young parents, and tells the very funny and awesome story of what happened during her first placement.

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Respite Redefined EP 13: Deciding to Foster with Jamie

Jamie already had biological children when she and her husband decided to become foster parents.  A question that is frequently asked is How will this affect my biological children? Jamie gives great insight to how their days work, how foster care has both positively and negatively affected her family and encourages all us moms to keep embracing the crazy train that is foster care.

Shownotes:

"I am crazy.  Anything that I do that appears crazy is in order to point to God and to bring Him glory.  And if I am trying to appear normal or pretend that I have it altogether, I'm not doing that for God, I'm doing that for my own glory."

2 Corinthians 5:13-14  If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  

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