The past few months have been a whirlwind. And the next few promise to be as well.
Which has meant less writing and more packing, painting and planning. But recently a friend ..
I was just gifted Foster Care: One Dog’s Story of Change. And whether I paid for it or didn’t, it would be a gift.
Reading with my foster kids has been one of my greatest trea..
The title alone to Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book made it irresistible to me.
Option B. Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy.
I wanted to kn..
I’m in the middle of a book and as one of the very slowest readers, I do not have the patience to wait until I’ve finished it to share. It’s too good.
In fact, it’s actually a..
GUEST POST by my talented friend, Ally Berttucci, a beautiful soul who has a heart and a counseling degree to help kids from hard places.
In therapy we talk a lot about “holdi..
I recently rewatched “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and it is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites. It’s a New Zealand film full of New Zealand humor. Using awkward honesty..
It’s shattering my ro..
Short but not sweet, this two minute and thirty-seven second rap is painful ..
As a painfully slow reader, I often get frustrated at how long a book takes me to finish. And at how few other things I can accomplish at the same time.
Enter audio books.
Early on in my foster training days, I was turned on to Karyn Purvis and her Empowered to Connect crew. After reading and listening for two years, I was finally able to attend a ..
I can’t recommend “To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care” strongly enough. Author Cris Beam’s in depth research and beautiful storytelling reveal honest p..
Strider Wolf, a five-year-old fella from Maine, has a story shared by Sarah Schweitzer of The Boston Globe. It’s worth reading. Worth watching.
As I begin to describe it, I find..
This weekend I watched the movie Know How. It’s described as a “musical written and acted by youth in foster care. Their lives. Their stories. Their voices.” After reading about ..
There are a lot of hoops to becoming a foster parents. 30 hours of class, multiple home visits, interviews, background checks and recommendations to name a few. At times, we wond..
While the news often highlights foster parents using it as a means of income, most all the foster parents I know are hoping to be used rather than use. Some were thrust into the ..
Martian Child was released nearly a decade ago, but I missed it. Honestly, even if I’d seen the movie, I would need to watch it again. I see foster care differently now that I kn..
A single teacher, Julie, shares her inspiring story of pushing through her fears to invite foster kids into her home.
“As a teacher I’d seen foster care kids come through school..
The Connected Child was recommended to us more than once as the go-to book for foster care and adoption. And rightfully so.
It teaches invaluable dos and don’ts that love and em..
Kids love their parents.
Not because their parents are great or even necessarily competent. It’s not merit-based or skill-dependent.
The names “mom” and “dad” carry a conne..
I love Pixar. And its latest flick Inside Out is no exception. I’m a big feeler so it is no surprise that a movie where feelings are the protagonists is an instant hit.
Statistics. We have a love, hate relationship. They give you a good picture of reality sometimes. But always with a box. And usually not one anyone would like to be inside.
Lemn Sissay, an award-winning poet and playwright, shares at TEDx his painful and powerful story. From growing up as a child of the state to searching for his birth family. His i..
Another Place at the Table is Kathy Harrison’s beautiful narrative of her experience as a foster parent. She shares the ups, downs, heartbreaks, hopes, joys and pains of caring f..
Most who consider foster care question whether they could love a child and then watch them leave. And that question shouldn’t be minimized. Your heart can’t prepare for that real..
Mary Lee, recently honored by the White House as one of twelve Foster Care Champions of Change, was once a foster child. Having gone through the system, she now advocates for kid..
“Foster kids don’t need a pipeline. They need a platoon. They need a steadfast, permanent community—a bastion of supporters and caregivers that will not constantly shift. The att..
New York Times’ Motherlode blog is featuring Meghan Moravcik Walbert, a foster mom. Here she tells of her heart’s ache after getting a call to care for a child her family isn’t e..
The powerful sequel to ReMoved.
Wisdom on a tough topic. A counselor friend responds in her blog to my “Head and Heart” post about what we might do when asked “Who do you love more?” These conversations are the goal of this site…together finding ways to engage and love kids better. I’m learning and I’m grateful.
Without question, this is the best 13 minute glance into foster care there is. Have tissues ready.
The sequel comes out June 15.
We can all love kids in care better when we love them together. Here are some ideas about ways you can get involved. Some are St Louis-focused. Search in your area to see what op..