EP 33: Disrupting a Foster Placement with Bailey

Bailey and her husband recently disrupted a foster placement of two boys.  In this episode she explains what disruption is, why they chose to do it (spoiler alert!  it was in the best interest of their boys), and how that makes her think about foster care in a whole different way.

Things we talk about:

Rachel's blog post on loving foster placements vs. forever kids.

Bailey's blog post on what disruption has looked like.

Connect with Bailey on Instagram or at her blog.

EP 32: Intentional Foster Motherhood with Kimberly V.

Kimberly and her family decided to open up their home to foster care after they watched close friends do the same. In that time she has fostered several children and recently finalized the adoption of a sibling set of three. In her time of fostering and watching kids come and go she became passionate about being intentional in motherhood. In this episode she shares her story and some practical tips and advice on how to be intentional with motherhood when you're not sure how long your kids will be yours.

Connect with Kimberly on Instagram.

EP 30: Growing up in a Foster Family with Kylee

The youngest biological child, Kylee was six when her parents decided to open their home to foster.  Growing up with kids who kept coming and going is what led Kylee to become a social worker.  In this episode she tells her story about how foster care positively impacted her life and encourages moms with bio kids that foster care doesn't have to be scary.

Things we talked about:

What is a foster care life book?

Respite Redefined on Pinterest

EP 29: Foster Alum to Foster Mom with Lexi

Lexi is a former foster teen who now calls herself a foster mom. In this episdoe, she shares her story of what it was like being a teenager in the foster care system, what she has learned about herself throughout this life, and what has surprised her the most about being a foster mom. She also shares the one best thing that you as a foster/adopt mom can do for your kids.

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Read more of Lexi's story here.

EP 23: Working Mom with Jen M.

Jen thought she wouldn't be able to foster/adopt if she was a working mom, but decided to go for it anyway.  In this episode she talks to Caitlin about what it's like to be a working foster/adopt mom and gives some practical advice and encouragement to any other working moms out there.

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.

Connect with Lauren:  instagram

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 16: Bio Babes and Foster Teens with Emily R.

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Emily and her husband has fostered mostly older children.  When they learned Emily was pregnant, they didn't let that stop them from taking in two teen boys.  Not only did they work to make these boys feel a part of the family by getting involved in the boys' lives and letting the boys get involved in all aspects of Emily's pregnancy, they are also committed to the boys' reunification with their father.  

This is a great episode to learn what it looks like to foster older children.

Connect with Emily:  instagram // blog

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.

Connect with Shelby:  instagram 

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.  

Connect with Jamie:  instagram