First Thing to do When a Child is Placed in Your Home

The first moments when you meet a new child are critical. The first impression that the child has of you and your home can set the tone for the relationship that will be developed in the days and weeks to come. It doesn’t matter if it’s their first time in foster care of if they […]

Job Posting: Thornwell Foster Parent

Overview: A foster parent has temporary custody of a child who has been removed from their biological family due to abuse, neglect, or another issue which makes their living situation unsafe or unhealthy. When children enter foster care, their parents are given a treatment plan – a list of requirements for them to complete before […]

Foster Care 101

There can be a lot of misconceptions about foster care, which can come from a lot of different places. We want to do our best to educate you about what foster care really is and help you make an informed decision if you are considering getting involved. Here are some of the basics that will […]

What do children in foster care really need?

  In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote that humans all have certain needs, and those can be arranged in order of importance. He said that we must have our basic ‘deficiency’ needs met (food, water, safety, love, belonging) before we can meet more advanced ‘growth’ needs like self-esteem, self-actualization, and creativity. We have learned a […]

Foster Care and EMS

  Fun fact: My first career was in EMS. I worked as an EMT and Paramedic for 5 years in New York and Michigan before moving to South Carolina to begin working in foster care. I still love EMS, and the more I got involved in foster care, the more I realized how prehospital emergency […]

Reckless Love

This song has been stuck in my head for the past month. Somewhere around the 25th time I listened to the song on Spotify, I had a realization – foster care love is reckless love. The love that a foster parent has for a child in their home doesn’t make sense to many people. They […]

Foster Care is Uncomfortable, and That’s OK

    Foster care is often uncomfortable. Kids are uncomfortable when they first meet us because they are unsure who we are and where they are. We hear a lot of uncomfortable stories from kids about past traumas and current issues. We have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions and tell kids a lot […]

Fruits of the Spirit in Foster Care

As I’ve been thinking about how to share the message of foster care, I started to think about classic passages and stories from the Bible. It’s pretty easy to see that many popular passages can be used to encourage people who are considering or are in the middle of foster care. The fruit of the […]

Pump it Up

Recently our foster care team had the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening with some of our foster families at Pump It Up in Greenville. We do these foster family fun events quarterly as a chance to connect with our families and give them an opportunity to experience something fun with their biological and foster […]

5 ways teachers can help students in foster care

One of the reasons that children in foster care can struggle is because they feel different and alone. They are living in a different home with a different family, a different bedroom, and different rules. If they have to change schools, especially in the middle of the school year, they have to get used to […]