Are you a foster or adoptive parent? Are you looking for inspiration? For practical tips on how to handle the challenges of raising kids from hard places? For someone who “gets it” and lets you know that you are not alone in the journey? For some perspective that is different than your own? Blogs are a great place to find all of this and more. Here (in no particular order) are a few of my favorites:
Jason Johnson is a foster and adoptive dad and a staff member at the Christian Alliance for Orphans . He writes about the joys and struggles of the foster care and adoption journey from a very honest and faith-based perspective. He’s also written several books that you may want to check out if you like his blog.
Mike and Kristen Berry are former foster parents who adopted eight(!) children and write about their parenting experiences on their blog. They also include fairly frequent guest posts from other bloggers and write with a compassionate and vulnerable voice that seems to resonate with lots of folks in my adoptive parent circle.
The Forgotten Initiative’s mission is “to bring joy and purpose to the foster care community.” Their blog posts are written by a variety of authors and often focus on raising awareness of the needs of children and families involved in foster care and encouraging parents “in the trenches.”
Robyn Cisar is an adult adoptee who is reunited with her birth family. She writes about her story and how it inspired her passion to champion the causes of foster care and adoption through writing, speaking and community engagement.
Erin Bohn is a mom by birth and transracial adoption from foster care. She writes about her experiences and doesn’t take herself too seriously (which is a breath of fresh air in the often super-serious world of foster care and adoption). I actually subscribe to very few blogs (I like to binge-read them but don’t like them cluttering up my inbox!), but I make an exception here. Erin also co-hosts an adoption link-up that gives you an opportunity to hear lots of different voices from the foster care and adoption communities.
Shelley Skuster is a television journalist turned stay-at-home mom to three beautiful girls. She writes about her journey through infertility, adoption and motherhood with an honest and courageous voice.
Natalie Brenner is a mom to two little boys almost five months apart (!). Another voice from the trenches, she writes about her pregnancy, adoption and parenting experiences with candor and grace.
These are seven of my favorite blogs, but I’m sure I’m missing some great ones: what foster care or adoption blogs do you follow and love? What voices are missing from my list?