Keep the Doors Open: Lessons Learned from a Year of Foster Parenting Spiral-Bound | January 7, 2020

Kristin Berry

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Kristin Berry’s nine-year journey as a foster parent will give you an honest look at what it’s like to care for children in need. Experience the everyday trials and triumphs these parents face how leaving the doors open leads to incredible things!

Will You Open Your Heart and Home to Children in Need?

As a teenager, Kristin Berry had heard all the horror stories surrounding foster care and adoption—abuse, neglect, rejection, anger, and misunderstandings. But instead of closing her heart, God opened it wide.

This is Kristin’s honest, unvarnished story of some of her experiences as a foster parent of twenty-three children over the course of nine years.   

What she learned is that living in a foster home is like living with a revolving door. You never know who will arrive or who you will have to say goodbye to. Leaving the door open means there will be heartache and pain, but also adventure and unexpected joy. Kristin and her husband, Mike, have been through it all in their unique parenting journey.

If you have ever wondered what it’s really like to be a foster parent, this book will help you gain a true understanding of the everyday trials and triumphs these moms and dads face. It will also inspire you to consider opening your door…and to leave it wide open.

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 0736976698
Item Weight: 0.58 lbs
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

“How could a book be inspiring, practical, educational, and motivational all at the same time? Kristin Berry makes that challenge a reality in Keep the Doors Open. I began reading one Sunday morning and finished by dinnertime. I couldn’t put it down, and frankly, that rarely happens for me. Thank you, Kristin, for this beautiful contribution. It is a must-have for those considering becoming foster and adoptive parents.”
Sherrie Eldridge, author of Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew

Kristin Berry resides just outside of Indianapolis, close to her two grown children, sons-in-law and three adorable grandchildren. She is the former foster mom of 23 children, mom of 8 children, all of whom were adopted, and the wife of Mike. She writes and speaks with her husband at, a ministry they started to share hope and encouragement with foster and adoptive families. Most days you can find her reading a book, playing outside with her kids or caring for her family's pet donkey, Meg.