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News in Foster Care/Adoptions

May 9th, 2024

Keeping Sibling Groups Together


For many children in foster care, their sibling has been the only constant presence in their lives. A sibling…

August 31st, 2023

Our Daughter


“At a minimum, Nevaeh is two years behind in reading. We’re working really hard on the alphabet and sounding…

June 22nd, 2023

Preparing for Your Day In Court as a Foster Parent


As a foster parent, you learn many new skills and parenting techniques. Most foster parents feel educated on child…

May 4th, 2023

How to be Long Term Foster Parents


Foster parenting is a hard job, no doubt about it. It is a significant commitment in terms of time,…

December 8th, 2022

The Power of Co-Parenting


Wouldn’t it be great if the word “co-parenting” could be eliminated from our vocabulary? That no marriage ended in…

April 14th, 2023

the way home, episode 34


Today’s episode features Alex Hudson, Bridging Families Supervisor, and Deb Eiserman, Bridge Parent at Crossnore. Alex and Deb discuss…

September 1st, 2022

Unpacking Boxes – The Beauty of Bridging Families


Boxes. What do you think of when you hear that word? For some of us it may bring up images of…

August 4th, 2022

Foster Where it Fits: Becoming a Respite Provider


Not everyone can provide full-time foster care to children in the system. But often, when realizing that limitation, folks…

May 26th, 2022

How to get Licensed for Foster Care, Step-by-Step


So you've decided you're interested in foster care. But you’ve also heard the horror stories about the paperwork and…

May 18th, 2022

Advice from Veteran Foster Parents to New Foster Parents


Being a new Foster Parent can be an exciting, overwhelming, and challenging experience. There may be a lot of…

May 12th, 2022

How do I know if Foster Parenting is right for me?


“I could never do that.” It’s the response I probably get more than any other when I tell people…

May 5th, 2022

May is Foster Care Awareness Month: Why Should You Care?


May is Foster Care Awareness Month, but why should you care? Because in the United States a child is…

February 17th, 2022

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The HEART of the Church: Why We Should Say Yes


I didn’t grow up going to church regularly, but my family found it in my teen years as we …

February 3rd, 2022

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The HEART of a Foster Parent: Why They Say Yes


Many folks, at one time or another, may feel curious and possibly even called to foster care. With more…

January 13th, 2022

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Redefining Family: The Adams’s Story


If you think your house is bustling, you should meet the Adams Family. No, not that Adams family –…

November 4th, 2021

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Transracial Foster Care & Adoption: Impacts and Interventions


Growing up in the foster care system is often a lonely and traumatic experience.  Growing up with caregivers of…

October 28th, 2021

Busting Myths for National Adoption Month


Monday is the first day of National Adoption Month. We have written many blog posts related to adoption, including…

October 14th, 2021

To Those on the Fence About Foster Care


I share a foster care story or statistic, because their heart is breaking just a little more as it…

July 29th, 2021

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Love Multiplied: An Adoption Story


Being a police officer and a social worker, Rob and Kristen Martin are no strangers to serving others. Rob…

July 22nd, 2021

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Five Reasons to Open Your Home to a Teenager


Perhaps the title of this blog should have been more inviting, like “Free Chocolate and Hugs." That might have…

June 10th, 2021

Providing Hope and Healing for Transgender Youth


Imagine Child Protective Services removing you from your home without notice. Imagine then being placed in a strange home…

May 12th, 2021

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Foster Home Growth – Expanding our Reach


The number of children in foster care continues to grow each year. Currently, more than 12,000 children in North…

May 6th, 2021

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Foster Care Awareness Month: Coming Close to Those in Need


May is Foster Care Awareness Month, a commemorative month that can feel impersonal until you make an effort to…

April 8th, 2021

national child abuse prevention month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month


April has arrived and brought with her longer days, warmer weather, showers that will hopefully bring flowers, and Atlanta…

January 21st, 2021

Fostering Hope in Polk County


To say that Jeremy and Donna Wood’s lives revolve around children is quite the understatement. They have been married…

September 8th, 2020

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Loving Them to Permanency: A Foster Care Story


In 1990, Carolyn Butler answered an ad she saw in the paper posted by her future husband, Norman, looking…

April 9th, 2020

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What the Pandemic Teaches Us about Foster Care


It is safe to say that the current COVID 19 pandemic has taught everyone something new about themselves and…

March 12th, 2020

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Making a Difference for the One


Tayte Laws is just about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. The two-year old runs around the playground going…

February 13th, 2020

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Seven Ways to Help Children in Foster Care


If you have a heart for children, especially children, who through not fault of their own, have found themselves…

October 10th, 2019

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Raising a King


“Draw a superhero,” says, King, age 3, as I sit in his living room talking to his family and…

June 7th, 2019

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Foster Care Gone Right – Stories of Hope


We asked our amazing Foster Care Team to share their best stories of "foster care gone right." Here are…

May 31st, 2019

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Foster Care Questions Answered


To cap off Foster Care Awareness Month, we asked our amazing Foster Care Team to answer some questions for…

May 24th, 2019

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Nine Ways to Help Children in Foster Care


Not everyone can be a foster parent. More than are can, but many can't. If you can't (but if…

March 1st, 2019

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Hope from a Garbage Bag Suitcase


Shenandoah Chefalo was 13 when she first went into foster care. Prior to that her life had been filled…

February 7th, 2019

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The Mission of Agape Love


First Corinthians 13 is a scripture that most of us know well. It is read at most weddings, and…

January 14th, 2019

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Chefalos for Crossnore Update!


Last July, we posted a blog about the Chefalo family (read the post HERE) who were planning their holiday trip…

January 10th, 2019

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Living Out God’s Plan


When you meet Adam and Megan Joseph, the joy of life is written all over their faces. But it…

December 21st, 2018

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Adoption Spotlight – The Harts


Jim and Caroline Hart are a couple who have lived their lives in service to God, their family, and…

November 2nd, 2017

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A Picture of the Gospel


It started when he was about five. Removed from his home because of his parent’s choices, Edgar had no idea what…

May 24th, 2017

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Three Benefits to Becoming Foster Parents


In the past five years the number of kids in the NC foster care system has increased more than…

May 9th, 2016

Fostercare and Adoptions

For-Now Families and Forever Families


This time of year is hard for many of our children. Mother’s Day brings up many memories…some pleasant, and…

March 29th, 2016

Foster Care and Adoptions: Changing generations


People often ask us how others can be foster parents. How can they take kids they don’t know into…