Category Archives: foster care

Human Trafficking 101

The Problem The FBI estimates that 100,000 children are sold right here in the United States for sex each year, including in child sex trafficking, child sex tourism, and child pornography. There is not a single state in the US … Continue reading

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Pretending Suicide Isn’t A Problem

Victims of abuse are at higher risk. We can’t prevent suicide if we don’t talk about it. So, let’s have an honest conversation about the fact that those of us who have experienced the pain of being abandoned, abused, neglected, … Continue reading

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A Blanket and an Evil Frog

A blanket in your trunk will help keep you warm if you are stranded out in the cold, but the better, funner use of a blanket is to make a totally spontaneous memory with the kids in your life by making … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Anachronism: Central Texas Children’s Home

Many people have fond memories of days gone by, better days. Days of neighbors chatting over the fence while watering lawns, of the whole family gathering around the one TV in the house to watch the show they’ve waited for … Continue reading

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Overcome Through Self-Reliance

  People frequently ask me, “What do you mean by Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through?” Everyone seems to think that those of us who overcome adversity do so “despite the odds” against us. I believe we overcome specifically … Continue reading

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Choosing Abuse over Christianity

  Until the government got involved, almost all child welfare work was done by the church. But when the government stepped in to officially take over the care of orphans, God was slowly and surely escorted out the door. I … Continue reading

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Abandoned but Grateful

  My mother and father abandoned me before I was a year old. I was literally left at a neighbor’s house, and no parent ever returned. I wound up being raised by my mother’s parents, who had been abusive to … Continue reading

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Steps to spiritual maturity that sets us free

  I HATE YOU I HATE WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO ME I AM STRONGER BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DID TO ME. The most natural human response to being abused is to hate the abuser. But hatred is like battery acid. … Continue reading

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Practical advice for foster families (…for all families)

I was recently contacted by Focus on the Family to participate in a documentary film they are doing on what foster kids need. On Facebook I posted a question to nearly 3,000 friends, many of whom are foster alumni, asking … Continue reading

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Changing the Bad News to Good by Rhonda Sciortino

  We all know the bad news—That half of the foster kids aging out of the system are likely to become homeless. That homeless kids are approached by traffickers (formerly known as pimps) typically within 48 hours of becoming homeless. That a … Continue reading

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