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The Joy of Giving: A Volunteer's Perspective (Part One)

After having been involved with the Pauline Mayer Childrens shelter, I learned about the plight and struggles of the children in our foster care system and wanted to get involved on a deeper level with an organization that was truly making instrumental changes in these childrens lives.

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The AHF Journal: Experiences with Fostering (Part Two)

These are quotes from the beautiful people of our placing agency, The Anna’s House Foundation. They are like an anchor in the very real turmoil of foster care. Their management of biological parent visits, DHS caseworkers, court dates, documentation, continuing education, etc. has allowed us to navigate the process with confidence, knowing we have experienced people working right alongside us. They are available when we need them, whatever time of day or night that might be, with unceasing patience.

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"Reunification" by The Blazs Family

We were fresh out of training and we were anxious to get started. We were hopeful about the perfect bridge resource family scenario, but we had been so involved in the foster care community that we had an idea of the frequency of that actually occurring. Never the less, our prayer as we went into this was that we might build a relationship with our foster child and their biological family with the hopes of sharing the Gospel with them. That was the better life we asked the Lord to provide for the little ones and their families who would come to our home.

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The AHF Journal: Experiences with Fostering (Part One)

I have a new friend since we began fostering. I played mom to her son for one year, two months, and four days. Some might say this was because she did something wrong or that it was so that something good could come of it, while others might say it was because she was treated wrongly by a broken system. When you get close to foster care, you begin to notice things: racism, poverty, and social injustice just to name a few.

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Anna's Story

Anna was born in the Oklahoma County Jail on January 1st, 2007. She was ten weeks premature and pronounced clinically dead by medics. Anna miraculously regained her heartbeat and lived on a ventilator at Childrens Hospital for the next several weeks. Anna was diagnosed with double pneumonia and failure to thrive. Doctors were skeptical that she would make it through the first night. Anna survived not just one night but 70 nights at Childrens Hospital without visits from anyone other than her DHS worker.

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