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Advice from Current Foster Families: The Fostering/Adoption Process (Part One)

Fostering a child is a complicated undertaking. Every child is different and deals with this difficult situation differently. You need to be flexible and able to roll with the punches. One assumption we had was that we would only be fostering the children and would have little to no involvement with the rest of their families. However, we have found that in many cases you will be involved in fostering the entire family. God will use you as a tool to rebuild these broken families, not only their children.

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Gumdrops & Lollipops Ball 2016: About the Event

The Anna's House Community in Luther, OK will be the physical fulfillment of the Foundation's mission – a state-of-the-art community designed to support Oklahoma's foster children by providing an exceptional environment focused on a stable beginning and a healthy future. It is the goal of The Anna's House Foundation to change the future for foster children in Oklahoma County for generations to come through this unique project.

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Advice from Current Foster Families: The Challenges and Rewards of Fostering (Part Two)

“We have been foster parents for a little over a year, and currently have five children. The biggest initial challenge was bringing these kids into our home and learning how they work and how they respond to us, and us to them. Above it all, it is imperative to remember that these children want to thrive. If you give them the tools they need and encourage them constantly, they will succeed. We have one child who was really struggling in school. With the help of tutors and one-on-one attention at school, she began to consistently earn good grades. It was hard work for all of us, but it worth every moment. She is now ready to move on to the next grade in school. She is very proud of herself and enjoys learning now.

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Gumdrops and Lollipops 2016: Become a Sponsor

Last year, with the help of many partners, The Anna’s House Foundation’s Gumdrops and Lollipops Ball raised more than $300,000. Those proceeds allowed for the continued development of the AHF Foster Care Community in Luther, OK. We would be honored if you would help make this event a great success again in 2016.

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Advice from Current Foster Families: The Challenges and Rewards of Fostering (Part One)

I began fostering four years ago, and am currently a proud parent of three kids. My most challenging experience would have to be starting over with each child, remembering that each one comes from a different background and that my home and the way it’s run is totally foreign to them. Our eight-year-old boy came to us full of questions and fear, with overwhelming anxiety that resulted in full-on floor fits. After four months together, we have gotten to know each other and I now know how to talk to him and show him a healthy way to express anger, sadness, fear, etc. Currently, we haven’t had a fit in weeks. Our two-year-old boy came to us grunting, biting, and lots of screaming, but he quickly accepted us and is now talking on a normal, calm level. He is still boisterous, but now he laughs loudly too. We have had our two-year-old girl since birth, and we are currently in the process of adoption.

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