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Can't we all just get along?

The process of becoming an adoptive family takes time, like it would for any blended family. So don’t panic if the bonding between siblings is less than ideal.

Why is my tween acting like a much younger child?

Adoptive parents may experience anxiety when unusual behavior appears in their adopted adolescent child. But it’s common. As long as the journey is more forward than backward, you’re moving in the right direction.

Faith for the long journey

There are no guarantees when raising children, and I've learned to let go of some of my expectations and love my children no matter what.

When kids aren’t ready to receive your love

While you may be drawn to fostering to love a child, please realize some kids aren’t ready to be loved—not by a stranger.

Did you really just say that?

Just because I work in foster care didn’t make it easier when strangers made comments to or about my family, but I found it helpful to have a ready response. Here are five I often used to diffuse an awkward or insensitive comment.

6 ways to look out for your kids when you're fostering

Our kids saw foster care as exciting—Yay! A new brother or sister!—but they soon realized there was more to it than that. Our life as a family flipped upside down with each new placement, so we followed these guidelines to make sure our kids were not overwhelmed.

Preparing your kids to become a foster family

Talk honestly with your children about what foster care is and how having another child in your home will affect them.

Church warmly welcomes refugees, encourages others to join “really rewarding work”

More than 45 years ago, Church of the Servant asked a simple question: How can we get to know the neighbors in our city?


I needed safety

When José fled violence in South America, he knew education was his path forward in the U.S.


Love is not enough, but it does not fail

As a first-time adoptive parent, Dr. Kimberly Offutt had an idealistic vision of what “happily ever after” would look like. As a foster care worker, she knew the need was great for teens with trauma history, and she thought she was ready. But love, it turns out, does not undo a child’s deep wounds.

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