April is almost here! This is a time to join others all across the nation in observing and promoting a Wear Blue Day during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Check with your local child welfare program to see how you can join in on such an important movement in your area. Why should I… Read More
What is transracial adoption? I’ll be honest…I had no idea until a year ago when My wife and I needed some training hours to renew our license. I went online looking at class options and stumbled upon a new class titled Transracial adoption. After 8 years it was kind of hard to find a new… Read More
Our First Week As Foster Moms Every story is different. Your first foster care placement may look nothing like ours but there are similarities for all. Your first placement in foster care will be exhausting! It will be exciting and terrifying. It will make you question your decision to become a foster parent. It will… Read More
Adoption Day #3 After 726 days in foster care, our youngest is finally adopted and I can finally relax knowing he is never leaving our home. The Beginning Every placement has tested our strength in its own way, but JJ’s case was especially difficult from the beginning. We had so many ups and downs I… Read More
I can’t believe it, but last week was the 25th anniversary of the show Friends. I remember watching that show growing up and thinking, “I want friends like that.” It got me thinking about my friends that I have now and how many friends I’ve gained and lost through our journey as foster parents. We… Read More
Our family receives WIC benefits for our foster/adopted children under the age of 5. This has helped our food budget immensely in the past few years. Our two younger children have a milk allergy and receive soy milk. Our oldest is lactose intolerant and received lactose free milk until he was 5. Yes, we are… Read More
I remember like it was yesterday….the day my son shattered my heart into a million pieces using THOSE words. THOSE words that every adoptive mother hopes she never hears but deep down knows she probably will at some point. I remember the pain I felt, how my mind was spinning with how to respond, how I thought about if I had ever hurt my mom like that, and then finally I thought about what my son must have been thinking to use THOSE words.
I have heard many people say that “we need to go back to the days where parents were able to spank their children” or “well at least I never hit you“ and maybe the worst of all, “no one escapes childhood unscathed.” Unfortunately, for those that have experienced any form of abuse as a child,… Read More