What If You're Called to Foster the Whole Family?
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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1M ago
In 2020, my husband and I fell into foster care as a kinship placement. Together with our three biological children, we fell in love with four-month-old "Little Miss" and loved on her for over a year. As a first-time foster family, we got a crash course on the system, on being trauma-informed, and on navigating virtual visits with an infant during Covid. And I'll be honest, I was judgey. I remember thinking, "Why can't her parents just get it together?". I recall the frustration and anger I felt when they would not show for a visit or use the little time they had to criticize me or argue wit ..read more
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The Gospel and Foster Care
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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1M ago
Project 1.27 helps churches and families in Colorado serve children through faith-based family preservation, ​kinship care, foster care & adoption since 2004. The church is called to preach the Gospel and make disciples. As a pastor, I had to ask myself, “How do those two things go together?”  As a FamiliesCare Manager, I regularly meet with pastors, and this is often a question that comes up in our conversations. So, how does serving families and children make disciples and spread the good news of Jesus Christ?   First, when we serve families and children, we demonstrate ..read more
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Using Our Senses as We Enter Spring!
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1M ago
What brings you to this resource today? Are you a friend, neighbor, or family member to someone offering foster care in their home? If yes, this is for you! As we enter a new season in Colorado, at least we think we are, it is an excellent time to check in with those around you to see what kind of support they might need. Using our five senses, here are some suggestions and resources you could offer or share with those you are companioning on their journey! SEE – What places are out there specifically for kids? This website provides a list of places with all the details needed. Check out the ..read more
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Marriage + Fostering
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2M ago
Becoming a foster, kinship, or adoptive family affects every part of your marriage, your life, and the kids you decide to care for. How do you keep your marriage a priority when a crisis is always at your door? It can be hard on both of you as individuals and as a family. Here are four tips to try with your partner during this month of love!  Open communication. Deciding to become foster parents should not be only one spouse's decision. Please make sure you talk about it together and that you both feel comfortable moving forward. Keep this communication going as you start taking p ..read more
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Loving Through Self-Care
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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2M ago
Foster parenting presents a complex set of challenges due to the trauma and neglect children have experienced in their families of origin.  Like all parenting, fostering is a deeply rewarding experience and like parenting can be challenging.  You put so much energy and love into being a foster parent and providing a stable home you forget about your own needs. In February, a month when we celebrate love for others, remember it’s important to be proactive in showing love for yourself through self-care.  Self-care is essential for anyone balancing parenthood with life’s other de ..read more
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Closing our home after 20 years
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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3M ago
​Statistics show that 50% of foster families quit after the first year, so what allows one family to continue fostering for more than 20 years? Lisa and Paul McGinnett always knew they would adopt. Early in their marriage, they planned to serve orphaned street children in Bolivia. However, an illness prevented Lisa from living in a third-world country. Their pastor then encouraged them to look for ways to serve children in the United States.  After trying to conceive for ten years, the McGinnetts began exploring the adoption process, which led them to become foster parents. Over their ..read more
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Moving beyond the church reader board
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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3M ago
It is rare these days to have someone knock on a literal church door asking for help. We can put “All are welcome” on the reader board out front, but alas, “all” don’t show up on a Sunday morning. So how does a congregation who wants to serve its neighbors, make those initial connection points? How does a church get to the business of loving its neighbors if they have a hard time meeting the neighbors who would welcome their care? ​ At Project 1.27 we talk with churches around our state about how they are making connections with families in their communities. And not just any families, t ..read more
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SMART Resolutions for a New Year
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3M ago
It’s a New Year and time for, you guessed it, Resolutions!  Or. Maybe not.  I know before becoming a parent, resolutions were much easier to make and keep past Valentine’s Day.  Children challenge our desire to have order, peace, and CONTROL.  So, what can we do when we want to make improvements in ourselves, our homes, and our families, but also don’t want to be disappointed when things go off the rails?  I spent some time researching this and thinking about how I can set my family and me up for success with any goals, not resolutions, we have for 2024.    ..read more
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Christmas and the Mission of Project 1.27
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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4M ago
Christmas is our collective annual reminder that God chose to come as a baby to reconcile himself to us. The weary world truly rejoices at this good news. The heartache and hurt we carry throughout the year weigh us down, and we need to remember that God came near as a baby and will come again. This is the good news of Christmas! At Project 1.27, we feel especially close to the Christmas story because we care for vulnerable kids and families. Not only is God’s heartbeat to care for the orphan (James 1:27), but Jesus’s actual heartbeat is in his baby-sized chest. Our savior chose to arrive on ..read more
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Tinsels and Lights and Presents and… Fights?
Project 1.27 Adoption and Foster Care Blog
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4M ago
It’s that time of year. Presents are under the tree, lights are hung around town, and there are 100 fun activities in the area. Your family is planning a cookie decorating party with Christmas music, hot chocolate, and maybe watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. One of your friends just began fostering and has two kids in her home. You immediately extend an invitation, and she accepts. The festivities have begun, and most kids are having a great time. You notice, though, that the two kids who are in your friend's care don’t seem happy about anything- in fact, the more fun that is happening ..read more
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