In March 2019, Susan and Mitchell Patterson* became approved as resource parents. The couple didn't have any children and their hope was to foster and adopt one child or a sibling set of two, up to the age of six. Less than two weeks after being approved, the couple ended up saying yes to 14-year-old Margaret*. Their Koinonia Social Worker had spent two months working with Margaret in her emergenc...

Imagine, like Aaron, that you're 13 years old and have not even seen your parents or sibling in four years. As a result of your parent's drug use, you've bounced around in foster care since you were nine years old. You were separated from your only sibling because no family was willing to take both you and your teenage brother. You love to read and your social worker describes you as "intelligent...

A few years into leading a church-based orphan ministry, I was approached by the singles group, asking what they could do to make a difference for local kids in the foster care system. Mostly in their late twenties or early thirties, not yet married and many still finishing college degrees, they were not in a position to take kids in themselves, but they were enthusiastic about helping. We already...

This month's blog highlights Foster Care, since May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and our story comes from Regional Leader Emily Kaiser. The following story highlights the experience of the Smith family and how their openness to older-child fostering led to a cherished relationship with their teen, Matthew. Due to foster care privacy policy, the image and names in the story have been changed....

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