In this episode, Caitlin talks with Alli and Courtney about how the creative process behind Dandelion Magazine. Learn how this project went from idea to final product and listen until the end for you to learn how to win your own hard copy of the first issue of the magazine.
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.
Kristin has never had a child in her home that didn't go back to his/her biological parents. In this episode, she shares how she handles reunification and gives some encouraging and practical advice to fellow and future foster mamas.
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After becoming licensed foster parents, it took Austin and her husband almost another year before they got their first placement. During that time Austin learned some crucial things about how to wait well during all that time.
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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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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.
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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.
Jen has been a foster mom to over 70 children. In this episode she talks about how her family got started in foster care and gives some really practical tips on how to get started as a foster mom.
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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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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.
"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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In this episode, Caitlin talks to all weary foster-adopt moms offering hope that this weary season will come to an end, and some advice on how to not believe the lies and how to speak truth over you and and your family.
Scriptures on weariness:
Matthew 11:28 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in your weakness.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is an everlasting God. He will not grow tired or weary. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles. They will run and not grow weary.
Kelly had a goal of filling and giving 300 bags of necessities (pajamas, toiletries, etc.) to local foster children at Christmas, but she had no idea she would exceed her goal and give over 1300 bags to her local agencies. She's doing it again this year. In this episode, Kelly talks about how she got involved in her foster care in the first place, how she adopted her two newest children, and how she longs to serve her community through foster care and The Foster Love Project.
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What started as a daily instagram challenge turned into an entire ministry that has allowed Jon and Shala and their family to travel North America to encourage other adoptive parents in their journey. Shala explains to Caitlin that there is a spiritual side to adoption that they work to shed light on.
What was supposed to be a podcast about social workers turned into a podcast about how we, as foster moms, need to find our voice in the foster care world in order to advocate our children's needs. Kassidy and Caitlin talk about the struggles of a flawed system but how we must press on in order to make our voice and our kids' voice be heard.
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Erin shares her story of how she and her husband decided to become foster parents. They've been through training and are waiting on their homestudy, so she talks about her excitement, her fears, and what they've done to prepare their home and their heart for their new children.
In this episode, Caitlin and her husband Kevin talk about what it' like to have an open adoption and how they prepare for visits with bio parents twice a year. They explain what they do before, during, and after the visit.
Kevin, of course, is not on social media. But you can definitely connect with Caitlin on instagram.
Rachel talks with Caitlin on the importance on not giving up on kids, no matter their age, their situation, or what they throw at you. Kids are used to being given up on, but their is power in not giving up. Rachel offers encouragement and motivation as well as practical tools on how to keep on going to those of us in the thick of it.
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