When I was in the process of becoming a licensed foster parent, I had a hard time finding practical information on what to expect and how to best prepare for this new adventure. Much of what I found made foster parents sound either like monsters or like angels. Most of what comes out in the news about foster care focuses on the brokenness of the system: kids who fall through the cracks, foster parents who are abusive, etc. But what about the day-to-day ins & outs of the life of a foster family?
Once we started our first placement, we began our crash course in all things “foster care.” After six months with our children, I felt compelled to begin sharing from my limited experience, in hopes that I could offer others like myself some practical insight in order to help them feel more equipped/informed. So I started making videos.
We have been licensed since 2013. We now have three children who share our last name and two who will soon, and we have fostered a growing number of additional children, each of whom have been part of “Team Krispin” for a season. I no longer refer to us as “foster parents,” but rather as “a fostering family.” Our children are very much involved and part of our role in the lives of those who come and go. We are all in this together.
In 2019, recognizing a need for easily accessible support community and a desire to offer a more intimate way for foster parents to connect, receive encouragement, and sharpen their foster parenting tools, I created The Flourishing Foster Parent, an online, membership community for foster parents and those who are in the licensing process. To learn more about FFP, click here.
Also, in 2019, I launched a new podcast focused on amplifying the voices of the many people who are involved with foster care. A Fostered Life Podcast was named among the Top 10 Foster Care Podcasts You Must Follow in 2020 by Feedspot.
I am not an expert. But I am passionate about foster care and I am passionate about cultivating a family life in which everyone flourishes. It takes a lot of intention, but we are seeing some beautiful fruit.
This web site is a space for me to share some of what I’ve found helpful. I hope it serves you in some way!