The best thing about these blogs is the names. With gems like, "Am I Nuts?", "Other People's Kids", and "What Was I Thinking? you know that you're about to read some great blogs. Family foster care and foster care adoption is a stressful job, but it's also a rewarding one. We all need a safe place to vent, and these bloggers have found their safe spot on the web.
From the site: "Michelle Vandepas is a Foster-Adopt Stay at Home Mom, writer and now blogger. She has been published in several national magazines including Fostering Families Magazine." What I like about Michelle is the fact that she writes about her life. It's fun to read as she shares about the children that she fosters. Great blog!
One of the things that I like about this blog is the fact that it is written by a man. I love reading a foster dad's perspective. I also like the fact that he grew up with parents that fostered over 100 kids.
This blogger has a very interesting and unique foster care story to share. From the blogger: "My family doing foster care since 2000. We are a fostering family. Our original family of 4 (Mom, Dad, and two boys) has since added 3 boys. All came to us as teenagers, and all are gay. This is a place for me to think out loud, and maybe get feedback from people who foster and parents of gay and lesbian kids."
This blogger has many viewpoints into the world of foster kids. He has worked with foster children as a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Big Brother, and through juvenile probation. He is also a new adoptive father to an 11-year-old girl. From the Blogger: "My blog will focus on what the system is like now, and how we can all help to change it to a more child friendly and supportive system." A very informative blog.
A blog written by a lesbian couple who just recently received their foster care license. From the Bloggers: "This blog will outline our journey, and describe both the challenges and successes of becoming a foster family. We hope to make this blog a resource for both current and prospective foster parents. We hope that our blog will provide a more balanced viewpoint, and will encourage others to participate."
This blogger began fostering when she was 24-years-old. Now that she is married, she and her husband have decided last August to commit to a long- term foster placement. Follow her along as they journey through different foster placements.
From the Blogger: "Just the journal of my life. I don't really have anyone I can vent to in real life, so I decided to at least get it out of my system and vent online. Being a mommy and foster mommy to seven kids, it's not a good idea to keep all this stuff bottled up. In the course of my day I deal with several forms of ADHD, PTSD,Hemophilia, Communications Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and possible Autistic behavior. Life is never dull in my household!"
A single, lesbian woman in California offers this great blog of a single woman beginning the fostering process. To answer the question - yes, you are, but we are all nuts, and foster anyway!