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Here’s to the Unconventional Fathers

For generations, our society has reinforced what it meant to “be a man.” We valued the strong, silent type. Rub some dirt on it. Boys don’t cry. On this Father’s Day, I want to tell you what we see at Good Shepherd. I call them unconventional fathers. They’re men who […]

February 16, 2021

Juan and Dessa: How Fostering a Teen Changed Our Lives

Juan and Dessa know what it’s like to be looked at by a child with hope in their eyes. They had gone through the experience of fostering children, once even welcoming five siblings into their home and caring for them until they all reached permanency. It was quite a jump […]

Rebekah and Raylie: Fostering that Grew Into Adoption

Rebekah says she feels like God gave her the desire to adopt when she was young, and she never wavered. After returning from missionary work in the Dominican Republic, she began the process of getting certified as a foster parent through Good Shepherd Children & Family Services. She vividly remembers […]

Treatment Foster Care Gets Youth Ready for Successful, Independent Future

by Nishelle Thompson, PLPC, Family Clinician Growing up in foster care isn’t easy. Forced into a reality different than the one you grew up in, not knowing what’s going to happen next, having strangers who tell you they care. When those strangers are empowered to make decisions for you and […]