Foster Parents, YOU MATTER!

A Devotional Book for Foster Parents and Foster-to-Adopt Parents, You Matter by Dr. Carla Johnson

Have you ever felt discouraged or weary as a foster parent?

You Matter provides a daily message of encouragement helping foster and adoptive parents to remember why they started their journey of fostering children. Many parents start out with so much joy and willingness to help hurting children, but soon realize that being a foster parent can be quite challenging. There are many factors involved with fostering and adopting children who are in the Custody of the State such as complying with Minimum Standards, suffering through investigations, and the emotional and physical aggression the children display. Sharing her parents with foster children as a child, gives Dr. Carla a first-hand experience of living with children from the State. In her adult years, Carla chose to work with kids abroad such as Guatemala, South Korea, China, Africa, and at home with ‘street kids’ and abused and neglected children. These experiences with traumatized children gives Carla a strong message to encourage foster and adoptive parents to know that they matter!

Dr. Carla Johnson, Author of You Matter, a Devotional Book for Foster Parents

About the Author

Fostering is Important Work

You need someone to walk along beside you and encourage you as you go. Someone who has been there before and knows what it's like.

Get the Encouragement You Need

With dozens of devotionals, You Matter will help you see just how vital it is to be a foster or adoptive parent. And how rewarding it can be. 

Find the Joy of Fostering

You Matter includes weekly questions for reflection and discussion as you go. We want you to rediscover the joy of foster parenting.

Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Thanks to Dr. Johnson for these powerful reflections. They are sure to offer support, to challenge, and to teach us all - probably in times that we need it the most. To do this work well requires self-care, and this book will help us nurture ourselves. It’s reassuring to know our field has such an excellent leader.

Wayne Carson, PhD

Dr. Carla masterfully reminds us that no matter the challenges we face, God is always there to strengthen and uphold us. She is not only an expert in her field but an amazing leader who uniquely teaches us how to lead with love and a humble heart and bring to your remembrance that “You Matter”!

Jonett Mobley, Kids First, Inc. Board Member

These are words of inspiration written by a woman after God’s own heart. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to read this spirit-filled daily devotional, a book filled with love, wisdom, and instruction which will empower you to become your very best.

Dorcas Vigil, Foster Parent of 21 years