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!

Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner 2022

Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner 2022

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 are constantly blown away by the kindness and generosity of our incredible community. This night was so special because, unlike any other night, each person in this room all had one thing in common. The commonality was that each person dedicates a significant part of…
Teens Aren’t That Scary

Teens Aren’t That Scary

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 are aware of everything that is going on and everything that has happened to them.  Many have become accustomed to taking care of themselves and most likely their younger siblings as well.  They unfairly had to take on the parenting role even though they have…
Fostering Through the Pandemic

Fostering Through the Pandemic

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 adjusting to Zoom classes a few times a day.  Everyone thought about toilet paper way more than anyone ever should, and 34 million people in the United States got a virus that made it so they could not tell the difference between Ranch dressing and…
Our Best Day Ever – Russ Adoption

Our Best Day Ever – Russ Adoption

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 household, but this call was different. With this call, I asked a few questions, but I already knew in my heart that my answer at the end of this conversation was going to be “yes.”  No thought crossed my mind that this “yes” was going…
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…