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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Lindsay GoodwinComment
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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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