“Children being displaced often struggle to best deal with and survive these traumatic events.”

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021 is on pace to be the highest in 20 years, this according to a top advisor to United States President Joe Biden. This large increase in migrants at the border includes an increase in those children who are unaccompanied.

Indeed, in the state of California, some foster parents have been asked if they are able to have up to a staggering “ 26 or more unaccompanied migrant children per household.”

Between 20 million and 40 million people world wide are victims of human trafficking a modern form of slavery that involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain labor or sex.

As Covid continues to grip the nation, and world, human trafficking and child predators are changing their methods in order to lure more victims. The Coronavirus, or Covid 19, is not only resulting in an increase in child abuse and neglect, there are also fears that the pandemic will also result in a future increase in child pornography and child sex trafficking.

“We are seeing a big…

“As Covid continues to place challenge upon challenge to the foster care system, the system needs to be improved”

The Coronavirus continues to upend foster care and child welfare, leaving foster care agencies and foster parents across the nation trying to find not only answers, but resources and support.

Agencies recognize the difficulties that foster families are facing, and are working hard in finding solutions to help both the foster families and the children placed in the homes. Yet, the challenges persist. Indeed, many foster parents remain concerned, and confused, looking for answers and receiving little guidance. As Covid continues to place challenge upon challenge to the foster care system, the system needs to be improved, for all involved…

My favorite time of the year is upon us. Christmas, and the holiday season. Our family just put up our Christmas tree; our biggest yet. A 13 foot tree, filled with lights and home made ornaments. Like every year, the children in our home put up most of the ornaments and lights, while my wife and I helped the little ones. It was a magical day to start off a joyous time of year. There was much laughter, music, and excitement. Yet, for two little girls in our home, it was a time of confusion, and even some anxiety. …

“My home is one that has been filled with more love than I could ever have imagined.”

​It seems that as I grow older, I become more and more appreciative and more grateful for all the blessings in my life. I imagine that is simply a progression of age, and simply shows that I am getting older.

Indeed, as I do grow older, I have begun to appreciate my fifteen years plus of being a parent to children from so many different backgrounds; children in foster care. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you why I am grateful, in no particular order mind you, for being a foster parent.

1) I am thankful for…

“Foster children who age out of the system face an array of problems and challenges.”

Being placed in a foster home is bad enough for a child in foster care. Sadly, for far too many children in foster care, leaving the foster care system is even more traumatic. As a youth in care reaches the age of 18, in most states, the child “ages out” of the foster system, and begins the transition into “the real world.” Each year, between 20,000 to 25,000 foster children age out of the system and attempt to begin life on their own. …

Each child is unique, each child is special, and each child is deserving of such love. My love for them is equally the same, and equally as strong.

My family has grown by three children, bringing our total to six children, both biological and adoptive. All three of the youngest came to us through adoption from foster care. One of the joys I have found is that with all six of my children, I see no difference in skin color and no difference between biological and adoptive. My love for them is equally the same, and equally as strong.

I certainly did not set out and plan on adopting these three children from foster care. Indeed, over the 15 years I have been a foster parent, I have…

The act of adopting a child allows us to be God’s hands and feet for those children who have no family to call their own.

I did not wish to adopt my three children, my three daughters from foster


Does that sound harsh?

You see, my first child died at birth from a disease called Anencephaly. Years later, my wife and I were blessed with three healthy children. I felt that if I adopted these three children, I would be taking them from others who biologically could not have children. So, adoption was not part of my plan.

Yet, it was part of God’s plan for me, for these children, and for my family.

And for that, I am very blessed, very rich indeed.

Though many in society may not recognize it, adoption is all around us, and is a normal part of how thousands of families come together. Indeed, six out of every ten Americans are touched by adoption in some fashion. Along with this, roughly 7 million Americans have been adopted. Each year, roughly 135,000 children are adopted in the United States. Yet, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding adoption. Here are ten truths about adoption.

  1. Adoption is Also a Loss For a Child.

The adoption of a child is indeed a joyous and happy one. Yet, the internal process for…

The message of love and forgiveness for children in foster care is also being practiced by people of faith.

The shortage of foster homes across the nation can in part be attributed to the increase of children being placed into care. On any given day in America, there are roughly 450,00 children in the nation’s foster care system. In some parts of the nation, there has been a sudden and large increase of children placed into care due much in part of an increase in parental drug usage and substance abuse, with Heroin use being the chief drug increasing among parents. Other substance abuse among parents include meth, cocaine and prescription medication abuse.

To be sure, this is America’s…

Dr. John DeGarmo

Leading foster care expert and international empowerment speaker

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