This is the book every foster parent of faith needs to read.

Jenn does an amazing job in this book relating to foster parents. She UNDERSTANDS the support required and is a champion in getting foster and adoptive parents the help they so desperately need.

I met Jenn at a conference last fall and her passion for her work is so evident. This book is well thought out, researched and packed full of powerful information for foster and adoptive parents.

She opens the book with speaking about how kids in care are often misunderstood and not seen as the precious, worthy humans they are. That their personalities have developed with complex histories that have shaped their current realities.

She shares in my firm belief that God places a high priority on caring for vulnerable children. and that as Christians we are called to be a part of the mission.

One thing she says that speaks right into my heart is; Adoption and foster connect with important values that are deeply integral to what it means to be a Christian. It is a beautiful expression of love’: it involves caring and sacrifice for a child in need. It is a powerful expression of justice: it involves meeting the needs of vulnerable children and the “least of these.” And it is a wonderful expression of faithfulness: it involves sticking with a child for the long haul. whether that is permanently or temporarily, and through the inevitable ups and downs. Being willing to serve as an adoptive or foster parent involves becoming the hands and feet of Jesus to a child.

She then gives tons of tangible advice and support for those of us responding to the trauma and special needs that are unique to children impacted by foster care and adoption.

She knows and understand that often in this process we might feel alone, rejected, isolated. That we might question whether we should have become a foster or adoptive parent in the first place. And she writes about the hope we have even in these challenging and difficult moments. About knowing and trusting that our Heavenly father is holding on to us, even when the storms are the fiercest, and that He willingly steps into our mess. Hope is also found when we join others which is why I am so passionate about this community.

The heart of the Replanted Book is for you to feel validated and supported right where you are–in the beauty and the struggle.

Jenn’s goal in this book is to remind us that it is possible to experience a full, vibrant healthy life as an adoptive and foster family. To learn new skills that help us to improve our relationships with our children and spouses. To gather a group of faithful people who can help support us through ups and downs. To have people who understand us and have our back, no matter what. And to engage churches to be a community who actively cares for vulnerable children and supports adoptive and foster families in a way that really works. AND I think she does just that.

A couple takeaways I want to share with you.

So in a nutshell the book talks about the 3 types of support foster and adoptive families need and how to best implement systems and practices into your life to thrive in the role God has called you to.

INFORMATIONAL SUPPORT – trauma informed, attachment, sensory needs. diagnosis etc.

TANGIBLE SUPPORTS – financial resources, medical bills, therapy bills, meals, babysitting etc

EMOTIONAL/SPIRITUAL SUPPORT – super important to be connected with people who
get it. For both parents and the children.

I also really love who she discusses the churches role and it inspired me as an individual to get more involved in this area with my church.

The Replanted Ministry also runs support groups and you can find out more on their website. Replantedministry.org as well as hosts an amazing conference in the Chicago area in October. I loved this conference last year and will definitely be going again! If you are close I highly recommend it.