Focus on the Family

Vanessa Vasquez

Vanessa Vasquez works for Olive Crest, a non-profit organization, founded on Judeo-Christian values in 1973.  While at Olive Crest Vanessa also served in 2011 as the National Director of Orphan Sunday for Christian Alliance for Orphans.  When Vanessa isn’t working with families and churches, she devotes her time to writing devotionals for women with eating disorders. 

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Inside a Foster Home the Real Story

Inside a Foster Home: The Real Story Several years ago, I was given this blessing, “May you be covered by the dust of Jesus.” The quizzical look on my face prompted the pastor to explain his blessing to me.It was a contemporary version of an ancient He …

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Summer Activities for Foster Families

It is summertime! Or, as I used to refer to it when I was a little girl, it is “Funnertime!” And what better time of year to come up with fun summer activities for foster families? I became a Christian when I was 30 years old. Early in my walk with the …

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How to Deal with Dementia in a Parent

When I first learned how to deal with dementia in a parent, it came alongside one of the funniest conversations I have had with my mom. We were discussing Christian authors. I listed some of my favorite writers, including Henri Nouwen, Phillip Keller, …

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Foster Parent Application: Biblical Advice

If you are thinking about a foster parent application, there are a few things you should know first.

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Why do kids go into foster care?

The most common reasons kids go into foster care are physical abuse, neglect, parental drug abuse, and/or incarceration.

When Children Need Help to Be Safe

I can imagine how his day started. At eight years old, I suspect Noah woke up, fed his dog, and left for school. He walked solemnly to the bus stop, feeling a small ache with every step. He thought about the night before, his mom’s cries colliding with …

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Humbled By Trust: Serving Foster Families

We were sitting on the edge of our seats. Our hearts were beating a little faster by the minute.  We exchanged nervous smiles. I had rehearsed what I was going to say…in the car, in the mirror, during my evening walks. Still, I had a checklist to …