Becoming a Lindstrom, Part I

John, the cute kid with the long eyelashes, around the time he came to live with the Lindstroms. 

John, the cute kid with the long eyelashes, around the time he came to live with the Lindstroms. 

Chrissy, the oldest of the Lindstrom siblings, was 16 when John moved in. 

Chrissy, the oldest of the Lindstrom siblings, was 16 when John moved in. 

John and a friend with Jill's husband, Joseph. John was still Jill's CASA living with another foster family on this day, a school "Dads and Donuts" event. John asked Jill if she could "find him a dad," because he really liked donuts and didn't want to miss it. 

John and a friend with Jill's husband, Joseph. John was still Jill's CASA living with another foster family on this day, a school "Dads and Donuts" event. John asked Jill if she could "find him a dad," because he really liked donuts and didn't want to miss it. 

Jill thought becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate would be straightforward- she'd take a foster kid to some playdates, help them visit their siblings, make sure they had a little consistency in a chaotic and scary time. Simple. But that's not what happened. Instead, Jill and her children's lives were transformed forever. 

Welcome to This is Home. Our first episode follows Jill, John, and the Lindstrom clan, in exploring how foster care can change a family, and what it's like to have a new sibling when you don't quite understand where they came from. 

Emily Skehan