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User Image loving_graece Posted: Jan 18, 2018 4:12 AM (UTC)

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1|17|18 • Today we had an hour long meltdown. And it’s been months since that’s happened. Hitting, scratching, the works. Nothing was different, routine was the same. I think it scares me more when I’m not aware of the trigger. I’m exhausted. I hope we figure this out soon. I hate watching sweet girl go through this much stress for so long. • .
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• I’ve been seriously considering oils, just to see if it would calm her. If you know of someone or something that works, send me a message. Preferably not something that will break the bank? •
#fostercare #fosterlove #fosterhope #kidsfromhardplaces #fostertoadopt #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptivemom #autism #sensoryprocessingdisorder #asd #spd #yesourtreeisstillup
User Image kohnefamilyfosters Posted: Jan 18, 2018 3:39 AM (UTC)

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I am going to start documenting our fostering journey here for those who want to follow ❤️ #fostercare #fostermama #fosterlove
User Image olijesoli Posted: Jan 18, 2018 3:16 AM (UTC)

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bath time aka splash water at sissy until she’s soaking wet😂💓
User Image alexisnphillips Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:48 AM (UTC)

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The last 36 hours have been chaos and beauty and joy and panic, to say the least. And I've never felt more pride and joy. My sister is the greatest advocate I know. She advocates for women to be heard and respected. She advocates for her clients to be known and to be loved. And now she is advocating for this sweet one in every way and I'm sure this is one of her greatest honors. And it is my greatest honor to love and support Kaely in this. What a joy! If you see Kaely give her an extra big hug; she's suddenly (and joyfully) now parenting! #KaelyFosters #FosterLove #FosterAuntsWhoAreObsessed
Joie has officially been adopted! This little lady was the shyest of the lot but the sweetest once she got comfortable. Her photos and videos were a favorite amongst my friends so there’s always been tons of people rooting for her! We all wish her nothing but happiness in her new home. ❤️
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#bostonfosterkittens #melrosehumanesociety #fostertoadopt #fosterkittensofinstagram #fosterkitten #fosterlove
User Image project823apparel Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:36 AM (UTC)

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I wrote and shared this perspective on Facebook at the end of November- I was reminded of it today and wanted to share. Being a foster parent is a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s many unknowns and full of uncertainties. You never know how long each ride will last. The phone rings and you get on the ride. You answer and listen to a story of a child in need. Sometimes that story is straight forward, sometimes the story is vague, and sometimes the story is gut wrenching and awful. Sometimes your heart shatters to pieces just listening to the things a child has experienced. You take a leap of faith and step into the unknown by saying yes. Saying Yes, this is what God has called me to and yes I will take this child in and give them a safe place to lay their head. You don’t know if you are equipped or trained or qualified to help this child process their trauma but you say Yes, knowing you will do the very best you can with the life God has called you to. You hang up and begin frantically preparing your heart, your home, and your life for this child. You pick up the living room, clean the kitchen, make them a bed, and clean out a few drawers in the bathroom for them. You pray that God will give you the right words to speak to and comfort this child. You think you’re about as ready as you can be and just wait for the official call of when and where to pick them up. Then you get the call but it’s not the call you expect. It’s a call saying they have made a different decision regarding this child. A decision that you believe may or may not be in the best interest of the child but you are trusting that if God wants them in your home, He will make it happen. You hang up and grieve for a child that never even entered your home. You then get off the rollercoaster of emotions and get back in line. You then just wait for the phone to ring again knowing full well you will get right back on that rollercoaster and ride it again. This is the life God has called me too. Fostering is hard, but oh so worth it. ❤ #thisisfostercare #fostermama #fostercare #crazyadventure #getinvolved #adoption #project823apparel #thisisfostering #fosterlove #mystory #myjourney #prayingmom
User Image relake Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:27 AM (UTC)
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I'll be honest. This morning was a complete mom and wife fail. I woke up to another day of the flu's visit in varying degrees with my people and I just felt tired. My selfish side really wanted space and to do whatever I wanted, but that's not real life.
It took awhile, I wish it hadn't. It was a few hours into the day before I had enough presence of mind and lots of Grace I had prayed for, to apologize and love each of my people well.
This moment makes me so happy. Cameron is making faces on purpose, not to me or the camera, but to the little one. They love each other so and I pray every day that no matter when little bit goes home, Cameron feels a brotherly bond with him just like our last baby. It can be such a messy thing to constantly evaluate his heart along with ours, but we take one day at a time and rest in the knowledge all is as it should be for now.
PS-apparently the sun was too bright, but C solved the problem all on his own.

#threesixfiveproject #fosterlove #fostercare #brotherlylove #gratitude #texassnowday
User Image januarytwin79 Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:11 AM (UTC)

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my life right now. full. in pictures we see what we choose. captured from an angle that shows light...beauty...lap full.
my heart is full. sometimes it overflows...i can feel it...the joy in each moment.
but then there are moments...like before this picture...where trust was damaged...hearts bruised...words pierced...views twisted...lines so crossed they broke.
broken hearts bring their sharp edges...they don’t come smooth, rounded, mended.
we move forward and then 12 steps back...and we (me) sit and wonder where we’ve gone wrong. this isn’t unfolding like i planned. i’m not enough. i need this to look way prettier...or people may think i’ve failed.
my patience has a rapid leak...drained...for them and for myself...worried they’ll find me rocking in a corner one day...because some days sanity doesn’t seem possible. 🤪
but then...somehow...deep breaths happen...revival...big heaps of love sweep in...filled with LOTS of grace and mercy...rescued. reminded...too often...He’s right there...waiting to be asked...for more. for more of Him to sit in the middle of it all...so we feel seen, heard, accepted, chosen, grace given, mercy felt...loved. it all shifts...heals...with more of Him. ❤️ #fosterlove #fostercare #fosrerhope #loveanyway #lovethroughthehard #jesus #shaken
User Image childhopeservices Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:36 AM (UTC)
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Before we deliver a HOPE Chest to a foster family that has just taken placement of a foster child, we put time, intentionality, detail and LOVE into making sure it has all the perfect items that will bless that family in those critical first moments of foster care placement. We want both foster family and foster child to know that they are SEEN and LOVED and CARED FOR.
#inthistogether #bringinghope #fosterlove
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#childhopeservices #serveyourcommunity #fostercommunity #differencemaker #fostercare #fosterkids #fosterfamily #fosterhomes #fosterparents #fosterparent
User Image my_story_for_his_glory Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:13 AM (UTC)

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This little lamb wasn’t impressed by the snow! She didn’t like walking in it and hated how cold it was on her hands. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It might help if we had proper snow gear but, living in Louisiana, I had to dig in the back of the closet just to find a coat and gloves! 🧥 When it does get freezing cold here, I just bundle the kids up in a billion layers like The Christmas Story kid and let them waddle around like that. 😜 Glad I was able to get a couple quick photos of this little one before she decided it was time to go in. #snowday #fostercare #adoption #fosterlove #motherhoodmoments
User Image letteringlovefosteringhope Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:07 AM (UTC)

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This week is not my week for foster care.
We had 4 appointments/home visits this week that didn’t end up happening because of miscommunications and cancellations. It’s not a big deal, most were supposed to be in my home so I only had to load all the kids up once. But it’s still annoying, I prepare for those.
Our case worker was supposed to come out today, but cancelled. I was really hoping to talk with her about the next steps. So many of you have asked when they are leaving, if they are leaving and so on.
Honestly I have no idea. I’ve been told the case worker is working through “stuff/concerns” on the homestudy but I have no idea what those are and can’t get a clear answer, but the homestudy is approved so.. 🤷🏻‍♀️
There’s no future visits planned right now. I have reached out to the family member a couple times and set her up with foster parents in her area for support and gave her resources to check out on trauma parenting and was very candid with her letting her know she’s not getting two perfectly normal healthy easy babies, they are perfect but trauma adds another level that she needs to be prepared for. So I’ve done all i can there.
I don’t think they will be moved this month like we had been told. The final hearing is next month, these girls will go towards adoption. It’s just a matter of who will be adopting them. So until we hear more we will just continue to love on them and not ever sleep. 😋

#thisisfostercare #twins #twinmama #fostercare #fosterlove
User Image k9kismet Posted: Jan 18, 2018 1:01 AM (UTC)

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Cooper tried his hand at being a stunt dog and found out he wasn't that good at it. He's ok after jumping out of a 2nd story window (confirmed by vet exam) and walks away with a bruised face and bruised ego. The lengths he'll go through to get attention for adoption!! To adopt this retired dare devil, submit your application today. #cooper #stuntdoubleintraining #daredevil #oops #wontdothatagain #k9kismet #adoptme #adoptadog #fosterlove #k9kismet
User Image stephanie_lmn Posted: Jan 18, 2018 12:50 AM (UTC)

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A little more fussy & cuddly. Nap time woes. Couldn’t figure out what the issue was but I dared to check his mouth for new teeth (dangerous task because his front 8 are SHARP and choppy!) I felt two molars that JUST broke through! Well you should have said something, baby! Haha. He’s such a dream baby though... I didn’t even think he was working on MOLARS! He’s a tough cookie!!!
User Image project823apparel Posted: Jan 18, 2018 12:48 AM (UTC)

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Day 6:
I realized I left some important details out of my story that I need to share BEFORE I can share about my next call. When preparing to be licensed one of the many documents you fill out is a child characteristic form. This form is likely different in every county, state, and agency but in general it’s an opportunity for you to evaluate what children you would be willing to care for in your home. Traits, ages, genders, behaviors, etc. I had advised I was most comfortable with ages 3-11 and I wasn’t particular about what gender only that tif I had multiple children they would need to be same gender to share a room. I thought ages 3-11 would be able to express themselves verbally and tell me what they are thinking and feeling. They also wouldn’t have hit the teen years yet so I anticipated it would be “easier”. Sometimes we make plans and God decides otherwise. Well... I’m three years in and I haven’t had a child between the ages of 3-11 (with the exception of one child that was 11 1/2 almost 12). God certainly changed my entire mindset and heart for children of all ages. I can’t wait to tell you more tomorrow!

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User Image alexandriahinders Posted: Jan 18, 2018 12:18 AM (UTC)

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