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Natalie Hetro

Natalie Hetro is a freelance writer.

Blacklidge Family Case Plan

When God’s Plan is Different Than the Case Plan

Within three months, the Blacklidge Family gained three children in foster care. After many years of changing case plans, those three children joined the Blacklidge Family forever.

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The Role of a Foster Care Social Worker

A foster care social worker provides holistic preparation to foster families. Learn more about their responsibilities and what you can expect when working with them.

How to support foster families

How to Support Foster and Adoptive Families

Foster and adoptive families need help in order to thrive. This is how you can support foster and adoptive families.

Dixson Couple Kinship Care Grandparent

Providing Kinship Care as a Grandparent

Providing kinship care as a grandparent can be challenging. But Richard Dixson has embraced the opportunity to parent again.

Realities of foster care

How A Foster Mom Used Social Media to Share the Reality of Foster Care

This foster mom’s responses to a series of writing prompts shed light on the beauty and brokenness of foster care.

trauma informed care for foster and adoptive parents families

Trauma Informed Care for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Trauma impacts a child deeply. Trauma informed care equips foster and adoptive parents to help their children thrive.

Foster Care Alabama Family

Foster Care in Your State: Alabama

There are approximately 6,000 children in foster care in Alabama. Learn how you can get involved.

Dixson Family Kinship Care

Kinship Care: 5 Things to Know About Parenting Your Grandchildren

For nearly a decade, Richard Dixson has been a kinship care provider to his grandchildren. This is what he has learned about parenting his grandchildren.

Celebrating Father's Day as a Foster Dad

Celebrating Father’s Day as a Foster Dad

Before becoming a foster dad, Mark had never parented before. As he celebrates his second Father’s Day, this is what he’s learned so far.

Autumn Millett Former Foster Youth Parents

How God Used My Foster Parents to Change My Life

Before entering foster care, Autumn didn’t believe she could have a personal relationship with Christ. That changed when she met her foster parents.

Jose Souza Former Foster Youth

The Challenges of Life After Adoption from Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month. This is Jose Souza’s story of facing challenges after being adopted from foster care.

Shreya Ramachandran former foster youth

Placing Trust in God as a Former Foster Youth

May is National Foster Care Month. This is Shreya Ramachandran’s story of finding hope and healing in Christ.

Reuben Watson - Former Foster Youth

Discovering My Worth as a Former Foster Youth

May is National Foster Care Month. This is Reuben Watson’s story of finding his worth in Christ after being adopted from foster care.

Mother’s Day from a Foster Mom’s Perspective

Four foster moms share why Mother’s Day is important for them, the children in their home, and biological mothers.

Nathan Ross How to Prevent Child Abuse

How to Prevent Child Abuse According to a Survivor

Nathan Ross knows firsthand the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect. This is what he wants others to understand.

Nathan Ross foster care abuse

From Child Abuse Survivor to Foster Care Advocate

Nathan Ross entered foster care after enduring years of child abuse and neglect. Now, he advocates for children who face similar realities.

Prevent Child Abuse

How to Prevent Child Abuse: A Foster Parent’s Perspective

How can we prevent child abuse? In Sadie Dodson’s opinion, it starts by getting to know your neighbors and taking action.

Child abuse and neglect

Warning Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn some of the key indicators of child abuse and neglect and why prevention is so crucial.

Choose Foster Care Agencies and Adoption Agencies

Tips for Choosing a Foster Care or Adoption Agency

Choosing a foster care or adoption agency is a major decision. These are the questions you need to ask as you look for the best fit.

3 ways young adults can support foster and adoptive families

3 Ways Young Adults Can Support Foster and Adoptive Families

Make the most of your young adult years. Here are ways you can begin supporting foster and adoptive families.

State vs Private Foster Care Agencies

Understanding the Differences Between State and Private Foster Care Agencies

State agency or private agency? This is the question many foster and adoptive parents have to answer before becoming licensed. Here’s what you can expect, as well as the pros and cons of each type.

Jamie and Alan Finn Foster the Family Blog

Foster the Family: The Story of Alan and Jamie Finn

“One child, one time.” That was the plan that Alan and Jamie Finn agreed to when they started the journey to become foster parents. But now, eight years and nearly 30 children later, it is clear God had a different plan. Neither Alan nor Jamie ever exp …

adoption through foster care family

Our Journey to Adoption Through Foster Care

Over a decade ago, the Meadows family was obedient to God’s calling on their lives to pursue adoption through foster care. Here’s where they are now.

Uncle and Niece kinship care

What is Kinship Care?

When a child lives with a relative, it is considered kinship care. Kinship care and foster care are similar, but there are some key differences.

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Foster Care in Your State: California

There are over 55,000 children in California’s foster care system. This is how you can get involved.

Hobbs Family adoptive mom dad family

Seeing God in the Details as a Foster and Adoptive Mom

Six years passed between Kristen receiving a cancer diagnosis and becoming an adoptive mom. She knows that God planned every moment in between.

Group Home Led to My Success

How a Foster Family and Group Home Led to My Success

Clifton spent his formative years living in a group home. The love, encouragement, and direction he received there changed his life.

Christmas for vulnerable children

What Christmas Means for Vulnerable Children

Vulnerable children experience Christmas differently. Seemingly small, insignificant things can mean the world to them at Christmas.

3 Easy Christmas Crafts to Make for Kids in Foster Care

You can make Christmas special for kids in foster care by creating and donating any one of these easy holiday crafts.

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Fostering Gratitude

Children in foster care often move with their belongings in a trash bag. This Thanksgiving season, Wait No More provided brand new suitcases with a Bible and teddy bear to these children to restore dignity and grace.

Wait No More Stand Sunday

Stand Sunday: Make a Difference for Children in Foster Care

Christians have a clear calling to care for children. Stand Sunday is dedicated to taking action to impact children in foster care.

15 Ways Celebrate National Adoption Month

15 Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Month

Here are 15 ways you can support and celebrate foster and adoptive families during National Adoption Month.

Wait No More attendees learning about foster care and adoption

How Wait No More Prepares Families to Engage with Foster Care

It’s a sunny Saturday morning, and families are gathering to learn how they can make a difference for children in foster care at an event called Wait No More.

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Foster Care in Your State: Texas

Wondering how you can make a difference for Texas children in foster care? Learn about the child welfare system, the need for foster families, and how you can get started.

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The Role of a Child Placing Agency

Child placing agencies play a prominent role in the lives of children in foster care. Understanding the day-to-day operations of a child placing agency helps us realize the importance of their work.

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Foster Care in Your State: Florida

Wondering how you can make a difference for Florida children in foster care? Learn about the child welfare system, the need for foster families, and how you can get started.

Back to school children in foster care

What “Back to School” Means for Children in Foster Care

Back to school is an exciting time for most kids. But for children in foster care, returning to school comes with its own set of challenges.

Autumn Hope Johnson Millet is a former foster youth

What a Former Foster Youth Wants You to Know About Foster Care

Autumn’s story is one about hope. As a former foster youth, she has a unique perspective about the impact of foster and adoptive families in the lives of children.

A former foster youth lived at Palmer Home

An Unexpected Family for a Former Foster Youth

Kimarri’s adoptive family seemingly came out of nowhere. But God had a plan all along to bring Kimarri and the Richardson family together.

Children in Kentucky Foster Care System

Foster Care in Your State: Kentucky

This is how to get started as a foster family in Kentucky and show love to vulnerable children.

Child in foster care with donated suitcases

A Thousand Fingerprints on a Suitcase

Many children in foster care move from home to home with their items in a garbage bag. A suitcase is an essential item that can help restore dignity.

Crystal Paine discusses fostering

Pushing Past Fears to Become a Foster Family

Crystal Paine is a strong advocate for children in foster care. In this personal interview, she shares the challenges and joys of fostering.

Bridge organizations fill the gap in foster care

The Role of a Bridge Organization

“Bridge Organization” is a relatively new term in the world of foster care and adoption, but they play an increasingly important role. This is what you need to know about bridge organizations.

School social worker with youth in foster care and mother

The Role of a School Social Worker

School social workers partner with the foster care system in an important way. In their role, school social workers help students and families thrive.

CASA with child in foster care

The Need for CASAs in Foster Care

You can be the voice for children and teens in foster care by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

CASA with kid in foster care

The Role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Children and teens in foster care deserve a voice in court. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) volunteer to fill that need.

The Tarrant Family

A Christian Approach to Foster Care

After twelve years as a foster parent, Cindy Tarrant has learned this: “Loving like Jesus looks a little bit different when you can’t leave and go home at the end of the day.”

Foster family

The Role of a Foster Family

Foster parents and foster families play a key role within the foster care system. Learning about the day-to-day responsibilities of a foster family is an important step when pursuing a call to foster.