Focus on the Family

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.

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Foster Care System Problems

Both kinship and licensed homes are feeling the pressure of growing foster needs. As I mentioned on the Common Good podcast with Brian from and Aubrey Sampson, people are closing their certified foster homes. Many say, “I can’t do this work” or “I can’ …

How to become a foster parent

How to Become a Foster Parent

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalms 68:6 NIV

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Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day

The Bible inspires us on ways to love each other well, on Valentine’s Day and everyday.

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.

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.

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Become a Welcoming, Adoption-Friendly Church

It is a calling to become an adoptive family. The church can be on the frontline as it supports each person to fulfill God’s calling.

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Family Connections

Going to Grandma’s house was always a time of great anticipation, joy and expectation. We’d been taught how to say yes ma’am and no ma’am, and the same for all the elders. No matter how they addressed you, our response to them was met with words of res …

know your purpose

Do you know your purpose?

During this time of sheltering in, I pulled out the book, The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.  I had initially read the book in 2002.  Isn’t that who we are, people called to live a life of purpose? Do you know your purpose? He writes on …

Advent Season Wreath

Advent Season and Waiting Children

“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117

National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month Devotional

The Fall of each year serves as a reminder that the year is coming to an end, and we are headed into the busy holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times when families gather to share stories while making new memories. For my family, whether t …

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Standing in the Gap for Kids in Foster Care

Dr. Sharen Ford describes the plight of children in the foster care system and challenges listeners to consider how they might help these kids. In addition, Andrew and Michele Schneidler discuss their experiences with adoption from foster care as well as providing respite care.