I’m Liz (and that’s my husband Jonathan). I’m creative director (not quite Don Draper) and a foster mom.

I’m other things as well, but this foster care journey is changing a lot of me. It’s opening up my eyes. And my heart. To more than myself.

Discovering the learning curves, joys and struggles of motherhood and foster care all at once.

At first, I found it hard to find words. But slowly I’m realizing it helps to share. To open up about our experiences. To learn to laugh and cry together.

Will you open up with me?




Everything posted on this blog is my personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of my employer or its clients.


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  1. Sue

    Hi, my name is Sue and I did plan on being a foster parent. But, I got a call from my nephew asking me if I could help and take his 3 month old daughter for a couple days. She turned two last month and is still with us. To say my world was turned upside down is an understatement. I havent slept a full night in two years. I can’t read, bake or sew anymore. I’m lucky if I get a shower more than twice a week. I absolutely LOVE this little girl. I would do anything to help her. But, I how do I fight her fight and still have me?

    • Liz

      Wow, Sue. Thanks for stepping in and caring for this dear girl. I think the biggest thing is finding a team to support you. We can’t fight alone. We all need a village/community. Compassion fatigue is real and self care is important. Can you reach out to friends or family and let them know you need help?

  2. Jillana

    Liz, just discovered your blog tonight. I am a foster/adoptive mom who founded a non-profit in Portland, Oregon. I run our FB page (EmbraceOregon) and wondered if I could use your blog posts for some story content. I promise I’d always post back to your website so all credit is given to you and people know how to find you to follow you. I love what you share and your tone. I look forward to hearing from you. Warmly,

  3. Ryan

    Thank you so much for allowing us to share in Bob’s achievement today on the mountain! What a thrill to see a lifelong goal met. And thanks for letting me bend your ear about paper mills. I hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.

  4. Kim

    Grateful to find this space. Mom to 3 bios and new foster mom to 2 nuggets. Weaving and bobbing along as we navigate this new journey!!

    • Liz

      Hi Pam! Characteristically thoughtful and kind of you. We’re keeping our heads above water but haven’t had time or energy to sit and process and write.

  5. Stacy

    I’m thrilled to find this space– Pretty layout and thoughtful words. We have been fostering for a year and have two bio kids, also. I love the topics you’ve chosen to write about and post. Thanks! It’s great to find a like-minded foster family.

  6. Lisa

    Wanted to share a website for the Quality Parenting Initiative. Our goal is to support Foster Parents so they can provide excellent parenting to children in the child welfare system. We have created and posted a library of training videos to assist foster parents in learning about the system and the children and families involved. QPI began in Florida, but we are growing to other states to improve the lives of all children in care (http://www.qpi4kids.org/)

  7. Johna

    I, too, am a fairly new foster mom. We have a 7 yr old daughter and 2 lovely boys in our home at this time. I just read all of your blog posts in one sitting…thankful for finding you as you take thoughts right out of my head and put them down. I am hoping to connect with other foster parents and foster to adopt families and am also hoping to find somebody to help me navigate these exciting but tough waters with my daughter. Encouraged by this community you are building!

    • Liz

      Welcome! I’m so glad you are doing what you’re doing. And that you’re here finding others who are in it as well. Please let me know if there are specific topics, questions, or ideas you have about ways we can be most helpful.

  8. diane

    Welcome Liz, I added your link to our site (fosterparentrescue.blogspot.com) and mentioned you on our FB page, so I hope your site gets discovered by more people and you find your audience and your support. Enjoy your journey!
    Diane and John
    Foster Parent Rescue

  9. Lynn

    Liz, thank you for creating this website! I am the mother of three; one biological son and two daughters adopted through the foster care system. (More about this on my blog; it is a beautiful, bittersweet story if I do say so myself.) I have been asked, “What sort of help do you get outside the agency and social workers?” by a couple of people interested in foster adopting. I told them to seek out other foster parents and/or foster-adopt parents because those people will be their biggest form of support. I am grateful for the people I have gotten to know so far. I hope to continue building my support system, and subsequently others’.

    • Liz

      Wow! Lynn, I’m so thankful to “meet” you and begin to build our community together. I can certainly relate to a beautiful, bittersweet story and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts and experiences here and on your blog! I hope to create a blogroll soon and will certainly include you.

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