Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner 2022

By Rachel Mar

This past month Children’s Hope hosted their annual foster parent appreciation dinner. This event was a night full of laughs, limbo, prizes, good food, and even better company.  At this year’s event, we had a community outpour of raffle donations to give to each one of our foster families that attended the appreciation dinner.  We…

Teens Aren’t That Scary

By Rachel Mar

Being a young foster parent comes with its challenges.  One of those challenges has been the fear of fostering teenagers.  I’m not going to say it is a walk in the park, because oftentimes, it’s not.  Teenagers coming into the foster care system can have a much larger exposure to trauma.  They are smart.  They…

Fostering Through the Pandemic

By Rachel Mar

Life throughout the pandemic has been a challenge to say the least.  Families all over the country turned their lives upside down to find a way to stay home far more than ever this past year or two.  Parents who normally work full time took on the role of teacher too.  Kids did their best…

Our Best Day Ever – Russ Adoption

By Rachel Mar

We didn’t know it at the time, but September 17, 2019, was the day our lives would be changed forever. On this day, I got a phone call asking if I was willing to take in three little boys.  I normally talk it over with my husband before welcoming in any new members to our…

The Brynnan Family Adoption

By Rachel Mar

Celebrating the Brynnan family is something that is effortless to do.  This family of five’s story is one that is worth the read. Dawn Brynnan is an incredible woman who was raised by her wonderful grandma who had ten children and 26 grandchildren. It was a home full of love, laughter, and endless fun.  She knew from a young age that this type of home…

Generational Trauma

By Rachel Mar

A majority of the children we have been given the privilege to love and parent have come from generational trauma and foster care.  This means that their parents, grandparents, or other family members have come into the child welfare system at one point or another in their life and sustained a life full of different…