Nicole Carlton- Unexpected Positives

 

“Adoption is something that has been on my heart since I was a child. My mom was adopted and I knew from a young age it was something I wanted to do. As an adult I became aware of the need for fosters and knew I wanted to do that also. It’s not something I thought I would do as a single woman,  but that is where God has lead me!
Fostering is not always easy. There is frustration and heartache. But there is also so much goodness. When these children are in your care and you see the weight lifted off of them, it is an amazing thing. They know they are safe and loved and are able to just be children. They can grow and thrive in a healthy environment.
The unexpected positive I’ve found in fostering is the people I’ve met along the way. Caseworkers, CASAs, therapists, my Pride training class, Call employees and families, and other fellow foster parents. I have built life long friendships and have an amazing group of people to support me and the kiddos in my care. I have a great support system in my family and friends,  but it’s a blessing to have these people on top of that.  You are not is this alone journey. It’s a beautiful thing.” -Nicole

Shantel Moore: Planting Seeds

“I foster to plant seeds in the life of children. I know that I may not be the one to witness all the seeds grow while they’re in my home. However; I continue planting and have faith that one day seeds of love, hope and confidence will flourish in their lives.” -Shantel
Families like Shantel are sowing broadly among children waiting in foster care.  Today we are praying over those who are planting seeds and patiently waiting even though they may not see the fruits of their labor. Today we are praying over the faithful because we know they are impacting lives even though they may not see it.

The Stracener Family: The Final Puzzle Piece

 

Fostering our now adopted daughter has changed our family so much!!! She has truly been the final piece to complete this “Stracener” puzzle. Has every step been easy — absolutely not. BUT it has been soooooo worth it!!! Helping children become who God intends for them to be is the Greatest Blessing ever!!”  –Christine

 

Fostering children can radically change a family for the better! We are so thankful for families like the Straceners who opened their hearts and their home for waiting children.

The Jordan Family

It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month, and we want to celebrate our families! Next up is the Jordan Family!

“Years before we made the decision to become foster parents, I had started feeling this tug on my heart every time I heard an adoption story. I just knew there was no way my husband would feel the same way I did about adopting a child. One day, I finally brought it up to him and much to my surprise; he was feeling the tug on his heart too!

We went to a CALL info meeting on June 19, 2017. After two full weekends of training and lots and lots of paperwork, our home was open for foster placements on September 21, 2017. Just 5 days after we were open, I received a phone call from our resource worker. A 2-year-old girl and her 1-year-old brother needed to be placed that day. The parental rights of the biological parents had already been terminated, so they ultimately needed to be adopted. “Are you interested?” she asked.

Of course we were.

However, I thought to myself, I should probably call my husband real quick. After a 10-second phone conversation with him, I called her back. “We’ll take them!”

We adopted them on May 21, 2018. They are so perfect for us and I would like to think we are prefect for them too.”

– Kayla Jordan

Lindsey and Heather – Supporting Biological Families

It’s National Foster Care Awareness Month, and we want to celebrate our families! We love both our foster families and biological families! Foster families exist to SUPPORT biological families until their kids can return home, and even after.

One of our foster moms, Lindsey Snyder, shared a part of her story….

“Meeting Heather and truly getting to know her allowed me to see foster care through a different lens. Her son was the third placement we took after we opened as a foster home in 2015. While I got to know her, I was able to look past her situation and see her for who she was. God blew me away with how He used that relationship to bless my family and hers!

One of the hardest parts of foster care is the simultaneous celebration of a child who returns home and the loss you feel when your relationship with the child being diminished. But when we allowed our relationship with Heather to grow we found so much beauty that we weren’t expecting.

I gained a friend, a fellow mother who was now raising 4 kids by herself. And she’s pretty awesome! She’s so very hard working for her kids and one of the most selfless people I have ever met. We get the joy of being able to babysit occasionally and having family meals together. While it hurt to lose a foster son, I gained what can only truly be described as a nephew! 

I had no idea before entering the world of foster care that the relationship I would have with the biological family would be one of the biggest blessings of my life.”