Episode 168: Finding Wholeness and Healing (w/ April Guffey)
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
14h ago
Do you have some hard questions when it comes to adoption and foster care? Maybe you’re unsure if you’re up to the challenge. Maybe you’re unsure how to best support a child in adjusting to their new circumstances. No matter what you’re facing, you’re not alone. April Guffey is dedicated to being a resource for adoptive and foster parents, as well as the children in their care. April is an adoptee, former foster youth, and owner of Mercy and Healing, which is an adoption coaching practice. She has an incredible story of finding true wholeness through Christ and unex ..read more
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10 Tips for the First Week of a Foster Care Placement
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by Sarah Wilson
6d ago
Welcome back to our new foster parent series! Looking for more? Check out How to Choose a Foster Care Agency and Questions You Should Ask When You Get Your First Placement Call. Be sure to check out The Forgotten Podcast as well! There is so much going through your mind as you prepare for the start of a foster care placement. Whether you have the whole day to prepare or just a couple of hours after receiving the call, the questions run through your mind: What will they be like? Do I have what I need? What do I need to be prepared for? Is my family ready for this? How can we best be a lovin ..read more
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Episode 167: Showing Up for Teens in Foster Care (w/ Serena Rice)
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
1w ago
I’m grateful for this week’s episode. Children in foster care have so much going on beyond what we can see on the surface. But what is it that can sometimes cause our children to act out, rebel, or “push our buttons”? My guest today was not only a child in foster care for over 7 years, but she also now works with parents to uncover how to better show up for their children, especially their teens. Serena Rice is a Supervised Visitation Specialist, parenting coach, children’s book author, and former foster child. Her experience as a foster child influenced her to star ..read more
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Episode 166: Glimmers of Hope After Hardship (w/ John Gibson)
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
2w ago
TW: As part of John’s story and experience, you will hear specific descriptions and terms related to adult themes, including both physical and sexual child abuse, trafficking, and suicide. We do encourage discernment in your decision to listen or with whom you share this episode with. I met John Gibson briefly at the Replanted Conference where he shared his story for the very first time. John is a former competition team member of Valko Brazilian Jiu-Juitsu in Chicago, IL. But at the age of just five years old, he was declared a ward of the state. After 11 homes and ..read more
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8 Things I’m Learning, Relearning, and Unlearning About Foster Care
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by Natalie Lewis
3w ago
Today’s article is written by Natalie Lewis, one of our incredible TFI Advocates in Twin Falls, ID. Honestly, I have barely begun to scratch the surface of the foster care world, especially when it comes to the lived experiences inside of it. There are so many who have been here, quietly digging in the trenches. Hands dirty, brow sweaty, body worn, soul heavy, heart soft. They’re often the ones who aren’t writing about it. They aren’t on the rooftops shouting it. They’re in it. They’re doing it. Year after year, shoveling through layer upon layer. However, as I have begun to pull back the ..read more
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Episode 165: Walking Through Unexpected Grief (w/ Tim Challies)
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
3w ago
Life is full of seasons. Sometimes those seasons are filled with joy and laughter, but other times those seasons include sorrow, grief, and loss. These hard seasons may come from the unexpected loss of a loved one or a child no longer being a direct part of your family. Today’s conversation is especially for those currently walking through unexpected grief or those who love someone walking through grief. Joining me is Tim Challies. Tim is a pastor, author, and co-founder of Cruciform Press. He had to navigate loss and grief in his own life when he unexpectedly lost ..read more
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THANK YOU!
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Abby and Brent Holsberry
1M ago
2022 was a great year of learning, growing, serving, and experiencing Jesus in so many wonderful ways. The Lord has gone before us as we built relationships with three churches, an agency, and added our first coordinator! We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision in this ministry. We also wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to our church partners, donors, and prayer partners! Your generosity has blessed the foster care community in Wichita Falls in huge ways since our launch in April! We are so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in 2023! If you want to be a part of what t ..read more
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The Beauty of Entering the Mess (w/ Cynthia Yanof)
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
1M ago
As you may know, stepping in to support the foster care community can be messy sometimes. We are broken people stepping into broken situations. None of us are perfect, yet we are called to step into these situations anyway. My guest today has personal experience with this. Cynthia Yanof is a former attorney, foster mom, author, and host of the Pardon the Mess podcast. When Cynthia and her husband felt the call to step into foster care, they had fears, the urge to cling to safety, and the feeling of being completely ill-equipped. Can you relate!? In spite of all thei ..read more
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It’s Not an Apathy Issue. It’s an Awareness Issue.
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Jami Kaeb
2M ago
Can you imagine spending your 9th birthday at a foster care agency? Connor (name changed to protect privacy) is all too aware of this reality as he spent several days and nights waiting for a foster family to open their home to him. My friends, this is not okay! Did you know there are over 400,000 children in the United States foster care system? There are also over 300,000 churches across our nation. Do you ever wonder: Why isn’t the Church doing more? What if it’s not an apathy issue but rather an awareness issue? Most people don’t know about… The six-year-old who begs her foster da ..read more
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Giving Something Other Than *Just* Your Money!
The Forgotten Initiative | Bringing Joy and Purpose to the Foster Care Community
by Abby and Brent Holsberry
2M ago
This Giving Tuesday we want to highlight some different ways you can give!   While giving money is ALWAYS appreciated, we believe there are so many other ways to give! Time: Give your time! Sign up to help at an event, spend time with a foster family who may be struggling (going to go out on a limb and say every foster family is struggling in some way). Run an errand, pick up a child from practice, read a book, etc. Voice: Give your voice! Stand up for a cause. Share awareness, advocate, become an ally for the foster care community. Learn local facts about the foster community and talk a ..read more
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