The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care

The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care
I’ll admit it – I’m not above copycatting the ice bucket challenge in order to serve my own needs. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I’m not going to debate the merits of the ALS ice bucket challenge. The fact is that the goal was to raise money and awareness for... Read more »

Receiving a Foster Care Placement: The First 24 Hours

A few weeks ago my phone rang at 4am. One look at the screen showed a caseworker’s phone number.¬†Before I even answered I knew what the call would bring. Are you willing to accept a new foster care placement? A child needs a home. The caseworker tells me the child’s age and gender. She knows... Read more »

Davion Only: Who's to blame for a failed adoption?

Teenager Davion Only made national news last year when he took to the pulpit and begged for a family to love him forever. Davion, born into foster care, had been bounced between group homes and foster families his whole life. After more than 10,000 people expressed interest in adopting Only, he was matched with a... Read more »
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Pantry Organization for the Lazy Neat Freak

Pantry Organization for the Lazy Neat Freak
My name is Jasmine and I’m a Lazy Neat Freak. I like everything to be nicely put into its place, but I’m not willing to put much time or energy into this goal. And with four kids under the age of six organization is key, but my time is precious. A few weeks ago our... Read more »

Through Their Eyes: Nature Photography

Through Their Eyes: Nature Photography
This is the first installment of what I hope will become a regular post on That Foster Family. I love seeing life through my children’s eyes, and by handing them the camera once in a while I get a rare glimpse at exactly what they see in our big world. This week the kids chose... Read more »

Foster Parents Are Not Heroes: We Don't Wear Capes

As foster parents, my husband and I constantly hear that we’re heroes or saints. My quick-witted comeback is generally “No, I’m just crazy.” It breaks the ice, we all chuckle, and then I say, “But seriously, I’m the lucky one for getting to love these cuties.” Because here’s the truth: foster parents are not heroes... Read more »
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To The House That Loves Me

I’m participating in my very first ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, which is apparently this crazy dare every Wednesday night for ChicagoNow bloggers to write about a given subject matter in ONE hour. Tonight’s challenge:¬†”Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person.” So I’m writing a letter to the house that loves me. Dear Childhood... Read more »

Transracial Adoption Confusion in Suburban America

As a foster and adoptive family we’ve cared for numerous children of different races, so I recently joined an online forum for about transracial adoption to educate myself. I think it’s important to note for this story that, as you can clearly see in my avatar, I am a white woman. I was initially shocked... Read more »