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Fostered: One Woman's Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care

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If you’re wondering if God can truly move in the life of someone with all the odds stacked against her, look no further than Tori Hope Petersen.

Tori grew up in the foster care system, a bi-racial child in a confusing and volatile world. Growing up with a mentally ill mother and living in twelve different foster homes, nothing was in her favor. And yet, even with a minuscule chance of graduating college and a great risk of being homeless, jobless, and on drugs, Tori overcame every negative stereotype and assumption that attacked her identity.

However, Tori will tell you she did not overcome. Christ did. In the face of the storm, Jesus made a way for Tori to find profound hope, deep faith, renewed purpose, and a loving family, too. After so many years of being on one side of foster care as a child, Tori is now on the other side as a foster mom, adoptive mom, and biological mom. On top of that, she became a Track and Field All-American in college and now works with nonprofits, ministries, and beyond advocating for foster care reform, adoption advocacy, and help for vulnerable populations.

If you want to hear the true tale of an unlikely overcomer, this book is for you. If you want to learn more about the foster care system from a former foster youth’s perspective, this book is for you. If you want to better dwell in the reality of your own spiritual adoption by our Heavenly Father and better understand the orphan and the widow that He loves dearly, this book is for you. Ultimately, if you want to remember who God is, and what He can do through the most unlikely of people, Fostered is for you.

ISBN-13: 9781087750972

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

Publication Date: 10-18-2022

Pages: 176

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Tori Hope Petersen (Track and Field All-American) is a former foster youth letting her Abba be known. She is passionate about foster care reform, adoption advocacy, vulnerable populations, and seeing the love of God change people's lives! Tori speaks across the nation sharing her powerful story, but her favorite form of art and communication is writing. Tori and her husband, Jacob, have the three sweetest kids: a biological son and daughter, Leyonder and Ezzeri, and an adopted adult son, Sar. Follow her on Instagram @torihopepetersen.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 1

Chapter 1 Created 3

Chapter 2 Ignored 9

Chapter 3 Sacrificed 17

Chapter 4 Abused 27

Chapter 5 Violated 35

Chapter 6 Exposed 47

Chapter 7 Identified 57

Chapter 8 Fostered 63

Chapter 9 Labeled 73

Chapter 10 Softened 81

Chapter 11 Damaged 89

Chapter 12 Favorited 95

Chapter 13 Moved 99

Chapter 14 Victimized 107

Chapter 15 Suffered 113

Chapter 16 Promised 121

Chapter 17 Freed 131

Chapter 18 Scared 141

Chapter 19 Loved 151

Acknowledgments 159

Notes 163