Foster Care and Adoption Resources

All this information is not necessarily just about foster  care and adoption. There are resources on at risk students and other things. I wanted to put this information out there ASAP but I will continue to add information on my What I am Into posts each month.

Read:

  • Another Place At The Table by Kathy Harrison (5/5) – Kathy has fostered over 100 kids. She has fostered abandoned babies, runaway teens, preschoolers in wheelchairs, and ten-year-old girls just discharged from psychiatric hospitals. She shares how each foster kid has negative and positively impacted their family. One of her fostered children molested another kid in her family. She fostered one baby who had burns all over their body. This is the sad and the beauty of foster care. She had to humbly admit she can’t give every foster kid a permanent home.

    Movies:

    Paper Tigers (5/5) – This is a documentary that follows a high school who helps at risk students. The school also is the first in their State to open a free healthy clinic for counseling. A guy says ” Behavior isn’t the kid. Behavior is about what is going on in their life.” Since implementing  its trauma-sensitive approach statistically the students have been significantly more successful.

  • Short Term 12  (5/5) – Grace a twenty-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. This is also about the group home she is in charge of. It shows what foster kids have been and are going through. It is extremely graphic and a lot of cursing. But it is worth to watch if you are an adult. 
  • Removed (5/5) – This shows the journey what it is like to be in the foster care system. It shows things like abusive parents ( birth and foster). It shows how it feels for siblings to be split up. You also get to see what it is like bouncing around to different homes.

 

Instagram Accounts:

  • Hallie Graves – a single foster mom who is always talking about the foster system.
  • Bethany Anne – she has adopted 2 out of 3 kids she has foster. She talks all about her journey.

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People In The Bible Who Wanted to Die

Depression

I have always been told depression and anxiety are wrong. But maybe with everything evil in this world it is normal to feel that way sometimes. We face many attacks. Yes, God is with us but there are seasons in life he will feel absent. Even though we must remember that He never leaves. I think are struggles are normal. As you will see in these passages some of the prophets wished they were never born and some wanted God to take their own life.

 

  • Jeremiah 20: 14-18 – I don’t know if Jeremiah wanted to die exactly but he was definitely in a low place. He kept preaching the Word of God and all he got was negative feed back and prosecution. In these verses he proclaims that he wished he would of died in his mother’s womb. I often have heard in my life that depression and anxiety are sins. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. However, even someone as close to God as Jeremiah struggled with life. Therefore, I don’t think we should be surprised of our own weaknesses.
  • Numbers 11:13-20- Moses asked God to kill him because he was getting stressed out about getting enough meat for the people. God took some power off Moses and put it on other people because He was distressed. God let other people carry some of the burden so Moses wouldn’t have to carry it all.  This shows that even people in the Bible got stressed out sometimes and didn’t feel like the could do the work the Lord asked them to do.
  • 1 Kings 19 – Elijah had enough he felt tired emotionally and physically. He asked God to take his life away. He could not handle the challenges he was facing in life anymore. An angel of the Lord came to Elijah and gave hms food and water since the journey was to hard for him. This food nourished him and he became strengthened again. This message helps me realize that there is still hope when we have lost all faith and our burned out by life.
  • Job – The whole book of Job would also be wise to read because he went through a lot. Many of his treasured positions and people were taken from him. He had to endure so much.

Do you know of any other people in the Bible who struggled with depression or wanted to die? Please Share With Me