Tag Archives: Foster parents

April/May 2020 Newsletter

Hello SaintA Foster parent, We’re looking forward to staying connected and keeping you all informed.  Read on for more about caregiver capacity, foster parent shoutouts, training and much more!Featured 7EI This month, we’re talking about Caregiver Capacity. We’re living in a particularly stressful time with COVID-19 and physical distancing.Here’s a gentle reminder to stay focused on meeting your own needs, so that you … Continue

Cathy’s Collection’s Best Customer

A First-Hand Account of a Lasting LegacyBy Nancy Nedland, Caregiver Support Specialist I feel like I might be Cathy’s Collection’s best customer. As a Caregiver Support Specialist at SaintA, I meet with families who are often reaching beyond their means in order to provide care for children in their homes. When placements occur suddenly or moves are unexpected, families need resources … Continue

Guided by Faith

When asked what inspired her to become a foster parent, Judy, a foster mom of 29 years, answers with a smile and points to the sky.Faith is a priority in Judy’s life. She’s the secretary at her church, attends Bible study regularly and says being a foster parent is a calling from God. “This is a ministry. It’s a blessing,” … Continue

Magical Moments at Candy Cane Connection

Photo courtesy of Chris DuynskiThank you to all who attended Candy Cane Connection in 2018! This annual event brings SaintA licensed foster parents, children and other family members together for festive winter fun and family bonding. This year, for the first time foster parents could invite their child’s biological families along to share in the activities. The result was a shining example of shared-parenting. … Continue

An Unexpected Journey

Two years ago, Jennifer and her husband Xavier decided to become foster parents.It was something Jennifer always wanted to do, and as a public health nurse, she was used to caring for others. Xavier was very open to the idea, so after a year of marriage, the couple decided to start the process.In all, they’ve seen eight children come through … Continue

Called to Care for Teenagers

Antoinette Roberson has fostered 38 children, and she doesn’t plan to stop helping kids anytime soon. She’s been a caregiver her entire life. As a private duty aide, former kindergarten teacher, and active volunteer in her church, it’s second nature for Antoinette to help those in need. “I have a passion for children and the elderly,” she says. “I pray … Continue

Treatment Foster Care Parent Named Chair of WFAPA

Kristy Barr has “worked in the trenches” before. That’s how she describes the early days of foster parenting, when she and her husband, Kris, where just getting started. That was 10 years ago.  Since then, the couple has had 10 foster children in their home, all at the treatment foster care (TFC) level. “There was a lot of learning by … Continue

From Mini-Me to Family Member: Child-Specific Licensing

When Crystal, now age 35, was in her 20s, she signed up to be a Big Sister through her local Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) chapter. She always knew she may be able to make a difference in a young life, but she had no idea how significant of a role she would play for one young woman in particular. Nine … Continue