EP 24: Creating Dandelion Magazine

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.

Read more about the magazine.

Buy the magazine.

Sign up for their newsletter.

Connect with Dandelion:  instagram // facebook 

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

EP 12: Hope for the Weary Mama

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.

Shownotes:

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.

Elise Cripe's Three Things Concept  

 

Hello Fresh or Blue Apron--two highly recommended meal preparation sites

Inspired to Action Podcast on Automating Motherhood

Connect with Caitlin:  instagram // twitter

Ep 11: The Foster Love Project with Kelly

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.

Connect with Kelly:  blog // instagram // facebook // twitter

You can read more about The Foster Love Project here or through the

EP 10: Knit Together By Adoption with Shala

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.

Connect with KTBA on instagram or through the hashtag #knittogetherbyadoption

Ep 9: Finding Your Voice with Kassidy

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.

Connect with Kassidy on instagram

EP 5: Never Give Up with Rachel

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.

Connect with Rachel on instagram