Child Abuse Awareness Month April 2021
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Child Abuse Awareness Month April 2021

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…

Adoption Day:  The Reality of Adoption in Foster Care
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Adoption Day: The Reality of Adoption in Foster Care

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…

How To Still Have Friends When You Are A Foster Parent
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How To Still Have Friends When You Are A Foster Parent

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…

Sticks and Stones-Words that HURT Adoptive Parents
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Sticks and Stones-Words that HURT Adoptive Parents

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.