Fostering Hope Blog

About the Author

Welcome to our blog!  My name is Rachel and surrounding me is my family.  My husband is Logan, and we have three boys named Micah, Kedon, and Noah.  We are a foster and adoptive family, and we have gotten the privilege of saying the biggest “yes” to 20 kids, and we are still counting!  Logan and I began our fostering journey in April of 2019, and it has been quite the joyous roller coaster ever since.  I hope you enjoy the blog, and I look forward to connecting with each of you through our stories and experiences!

The Brynnan Family Adoption

The Brynnan Family Adoption

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 filled with a large family is exactly the future she wanted. When Dawn got married, her spouse had a desire to adopt through foster care because she had spent time in foster care as a child.  They had one biological child and then started foster care, but they…
Generational Trauma

Generational Trauma

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 types of abuse and traumatic events. When I look at the kids in our care, I see bright-eyed, rambunctious toddlers with the world at their feet.  They are full of life, love, and mac and cheese.  But I know that as a resource parent, I…
How to Become a Resource Parent

How to Become a Resource Parent

The first step is the hardest; calling.  My first call to Children’s Hope Foster Family Agency was one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, and anxiety-filled calls I have ever made, but after three rings, I was put at ease by the kindest person on the other end.  She was thrilled I was calling to inquire about being a resource parent and told me that there was a huge need for people wanting to open their homes to children in foster care.  She took my information down, and I was sent an initial packet of paperwork to complete.  Once we finished…