In the Dark Valleys

My husband and I had just walked out of our ninth foster parent training session. We only had one more class to complete before we would be granted our license to provide foster care. Although previous sessions had taught us about the horrifying effects of trauma and abuse and the vast responsibilities of caring for vulnerable children, nothing had deterred me from my desire to become a foster parent until that night.

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Lindsay Goodwin Comment
Saving Grace

Do you know what I missed most in my first month as a foster parent?

My husband.

Overnight, our family had grown from four to six. We transitioned from being the parents of two elementary school students to being the parents of four children between the ages of 13 days and 8 years.

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Lindsay Goodwin
Conversation Hearts

Sometimes I think it’s easier for archeologists to discover ancient artifacts than for me to discover a single detail about my child’s day at school. Thankfully, we both have tools to help us do our jobs. Archeologists have trowels, and I’ve got a marker. Whenever I sit down to draw or color with my children, we end up having some of our best conversations. The challenge is my serious lack of artistic skill.

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Lindsay Goodwin
Welcome, Alameda County!

With three of the past four NBA Championship trophies in their possession, Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors have proven they are champions. As Foster the Bay launches in Alameda County, it has become clear that this champion spirit runs deeper than basketball for those who live in the East Bay.

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Foster the Bay
The Power of a Party

About half of all foster families quit after their first year of providing care. Similarly, the average annual rate of turnover for social workers is 30%, nearly three times the rate that’s considered optimal or healthy.[1] This kind of turnover creates further instability and trauma for children in foster care. But Support Friends and Volunteers can make a significant impact in this area.

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Foster the Bay
Words Matter

Our newest little guy arrived at 9:00 p.m. with a message emblazoned across his chest. His mom got him dressed and ready to be discharged from the hospital. She chose the clothes he would be wearing when he arrived at my home. I found half a dozen outfits in his diaper bag, and it was clear this outfit had been chosen on purpose:

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The Best of 2018

When you partner with Foster the Bay to care for vulnerable children in the Bay Area, lives are changed. Children have the opportunity to experience the joy of a safe and loving home, and churches have the opportunity to experience the blessing of answering God’s call. Together, we are changing tomorrow by caring for vulnerable children today.

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Foster the Bay
Let's do it again!

In 2018, we doubled our impact in the Bay Area.

How? We kept our focus laser-pointed on a single mission: to mobilize local churches to provide a loving home for every child in the foster care system. The result was a 100% increase in church partnerships.

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Foster the Bay
A Basketball Lesson

I promised him that I would do my best to get him everything he needed and maybe even a few things he wanted…a basketball? Legos? Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? I asked him if he would help me make a list. Without meeting my gaze, he asked for the first thing that came to his mind. In the most vulnerable and sincere tone I’d ever heard, he whispered: “Can I please come back here tonight?”

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Lindsay Goodwin Comment
Something Incredible

As 2018 draws to an end and our sights turn toward the new year, we all begin to feel a sense of expectation. What will change? What will we experience? What will we accomplish? I bet you're like me, and you want to be part of something incredible.

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Foster the Bay
Home for the Holidays

Every year around this time, we experience a particular set of sights, sounds, scents, flavors, and feelings. Little blinking lights begin to show up on houses, and red bows pop up in all the shopping centers. We’re surrounded by joyful music and cheerful songs.

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Lindsay Goodwin
More Alike Than Different

The first time I came face-to-face with one of my foster kids’ parents was not a planned meeting. It wasn’t an interaction I had planned for, and probably wasn’t one I would have chosen. It was awkward, to say the least. But today I’m grateful it happened the way it did. Having my first birth parent meeting under my belt, I was better prepared and open for future birth parent meetings.

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Patty M.
Good Gratitude

On my first Thanksgiving as a foster mom, I held a two-week old newborn baby as I grieved the loss of my own child. The night before, in a loud and chaotic emergency room, I had been diagnosed with a lethal ectopic pregnancy. {…} What good is gratitude in the darkest seasons of our lives?

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Lindsay GoodwinComment
On the Other Side

The world of foster care can feel like a terrifying, turbulent ocean -- the type of waters that one only desires to know from a distance. However, like the first disciples of Jesus, we are called to venture out into deeper, unknown waters. On our own personal journey as foster parents, my husband and I have definitely been led to that stormy place.

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Jessica Pattison
The Chameleon

Sometimes evil is a chameleon.

Recently I have been studying the views of the prophets regarding compassion, justice, good, and evil. Reading and reflecting on their words has led me to ponder what exactly it is the modern church needs to hear from these individuals.

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Sam WhittakerComment
Pole Stars

Are you familiar with the term “adoption triad”? It’s a phrase used to describe the network of relationships between a child who has been adopted, the child’s birth parents, and the child’s adoptive parents. Recently, I was introduced to a difference phrase used to describe this network of relationships: “adoption constellation.”

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Lindsay GoodwinComment