Fostering Marriage

Fostering Marriage

When you’re on the foster and adoption journey, marriage can get super challenging. This show is meant to help you rebuild or strengthen your marriage so you can be the parents your foster or adopted children need you to be.


June 19, 2022 45 min

In this episode, we’re talking about supporting each other in the struggles of fostering in a wholistic perspective.

1. Physical

  • Home life (chores, responsibilities, etc. )
  • Foster duties such as insurance, appointments, etc. 
  • The spouse who’s NOT taking on more task encouraging the other to take a break
  • Keeping health and fitness a priority
  • Keeping intimacy a priority

  • 2. Spiritual

  • Keeping relationship with God THE priority as individuals
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    It’s easy in fostering to lose focus on making your marriage the higher priority. Learn how to change that mindset and keep your marriage priority #1.


    Today we’re talking about making foster parenting fit your marriage, not the other way around. 

    What holds couples back from keeping their marriage the higher priority:

  • We place more importance on fostering than the marriage
  • Seeking worth from fostering and your kids 
  • If your...
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    May 22, 2022 29 min

    In a Fostering Marriage, you’re faced with stressors, emotional struggles and hard decisions that can chip away at unity. Learn how to keep or create unity in the midst of challenges.


    If you listened to Episode 0, welcome back and we’re thrilled you’re here!

  • If you didn’t listen to episode 0, go listen because we share a little about why we’re doing this show and who we are

  • In this episode, we’re talking about how to keep...

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    Welcome to the Fostering Marriage podcast! We hope you’re having a fabulous day where you are!

    This is your hosts, Joel and MaryBeth Fortner.

    We’ve been married for over 12 years and for 3 years we’ve been on the fostering and adoption journey. 

    We’re starting this show to specifically help couples who are also on this journey, no matter where they are. 

    One of our top goals for this show is to help couples keep their marriage priority...

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