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Dr. Sharen Ford

Sharen Ford is a nationally-recognized child welfare consultant and the retired Manager for Permanency Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Division of Child Welfare Services. She retired with 30 years of comprehensive work history with the department. She oversaw six programmatic areas including the Foster Care and Adoption Program and supervised a team of professional staff. Dr. Ford is the former President of the National Association of State Adoption Programs (NASAP) and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on Adoption Medical Assistance (AAICAMA). She currently serves as the Director for Foster Care and Adoption at Focus on the Family and is as committed as ever to raising awareness regarding the need for every child to have a quality family.

Black family at a dinner table; close up of dad and young son smiling with their heads down and eyes closed for prayer

I Miss My Dad, but His Legacy Lives On

I miss him. I miss my dad.    My grandparents had two children, a son, and a daughter. For most of my early life, we were a family of six, my parents and four girls until my brother came. There was something special being my Dad’s girl. I was …

seat at the table

A Seat at the Table

Children entering a new foster care placement need time to fit into your home.

May is National Foster Care Month

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul…” Psalm 23

Black boy giving piggyback ride to his young brother; both are looking at the camera smiling

Mother’s Day Without My Children

Mother’s Day shouldn’t be the loneliest day of your year.  I celebrated two Mother’s Days without my children.  There are times when no one understands you and the sacrifices you’ve made to be Mom. Sometimes your sacrifices and choices weren’ …

homeless tent encampment

How is Coronavirus Affecting Those in Poverty?

“For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” – John 12:8 (ESV)