Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow

Finding Healing for Foster Children In my professional life as a social worker, there have been seasons that I can only explain as “Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow.”  These seasons tend to be a characterized by layer after unforgiving layer of trauma experienced by the families I serve.  Children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or significant losses have had long seasons walking through the valley, prior to our involvement with them.  It is our job to help them get to the other side and discover that even flowers grow in the valley. The shadows in the valley are … Continue reading Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow

Tips for Foster Parents

Guest Post from Contributor Kellie Hamilton This excerpt is taken from the book “This Is Mine: My Story, My Life”  If you would like to know more, you can order your copy of this powerful book here. As a caseworker, I have heard time and time again from foster parents that “all they need is love.”  Until I started my own journey in this challenging career field, I probably thought the same thing myself.  However, I have since learned that this is just one of the biggest misconceptions about the needs of these special children.  Yes, all children do need … Continue reading Tips for Foster Parents

Fostering Stories, and Perspectives

Guest Post by Nikky Greer, MyFosterCareStory.com Why is the foster care system so complex? Everyone knows it is broken, so why don’t policymakers fix it? Whose fault is it? Who suffers? These are some of the questions that plagued me as I began developing a research project centered on the foster care system. I wanted to help young people and children in foster care, but didn’t know how. As I learned more, I was surprised. Foster kids aren’t the only ones suffering under current foster care policy. But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. One question at a time. Why is … Continue reading Fostering Stories, and Perspectives