Forever Families

October 13th, 2012
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1389105_happy_familyOne of the coolest things about the month of November is that it is National Adoption Month. I love that there is a whole month dedicated to the children who have been adopted, the parents that have adopted and the children who are waiting to be adopted. Adopted, adopted, adopted. I love to throw that word around. And this November that is exactly what we all should be doing. There is no better way to let people know about the need prevalent in foster care than to tell about your own experience with fostering and adoption. There is a lot of fear around these two actions. It is not unfounded. Adoption from foster care brings many unknowns into a home. Yet, there are… [more]

Finding A Forever Family In The Most Unlikely Place

January 6th, 2008
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Categories: Adoption

Christina, as an infant along with her sister was given to her abusive biological father to parent after her biological mother decided that being a mother was something she did not want. When she was in fifth grade she finally told a teacher that she was scared to go home because she thought her father would kill her. At that point, she and her sister were placed into foster care where they were then placed with her paternal grandmother. Sadly, their biological father continued the abuse while in the care of their grandmother. They did end up with another family member where their abuse also continued. Finally they were placed into a foster home that later moved to California. As a foster teen she found… [more]

We have a winner …..

December 10th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

Sorry I have been a little slow with posting since November. When you have computer issues things come to a complete standstill and then to top it off that we can only get dial up. My computer has some major problems so I will be sending it out to be repaired that will leave me posting when I can. Oh how I miss digital instead of dial up…..hmmm….what would I give to be up running at high speed. A girl can dream. To celebrate National Adoption Month I had a give away for the chance to win a copy of the book “Forever Fingerprints”. People were asked to share why they decided to become a foster parent to get a chance to win the book… [more]

Foster Care Adoption Stress

November 24th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

Weathering the stress of an adoption with Child Welfare can take a lot out of you. We did enjoy adopting our baby daughter on National Adoption Day with all the festivities and fun excitement of the day. There was a lot more stress and drama because of choosing this date. Up until Friday evening after 5 o’clock we were unsure whether it would really happen. Waiting to the last minute, no, last second to do paperwork is not my idea of being prepared. Add to that, we live four hours away. This leaves everything to be done by fax. While they (Child Welfare) said they had all the paperwork that they needed, I did not have copies of the paperwork. When you are talking about… [more]

Adopting on National Adoption Day

November 19th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

The Big Day in a Foster Child's Life This year for the adoption on National Adoption Day, our area decided to allow each family to have an individual adoption time in the courtroom instead of the mass or group adoption thing. I was not crazy about the idea of the mass adoption so I was quite happy for our own personal time which makes it special. My sister, dad, my caseworker (which has become a friend) joined my husband, myself and our children in the court room. It was very relaxed and the judge was amazing. The judge included my three children in the process asking each of them questions, teasing them and allowing them to be a big part of the adoption… [more]

The Big Day in a Foster Child’s Life

November 18th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

Yesterday, on National Adoption Day, we adopted our beautiful two year old baby girl. We have been her foster parents since she was two months old. Up until Friday evening we were not completely sure that all the paperwork would come together for us to be able to adopt on National Adoption Day. I will share in another post about the issues, problems and concerns that we struggled with. There were over eighty families adopting from the foster care system at the courthouse so it was a very busy place. Each family had a volunteer to guide them through the process which was very nice. We placed our name tags on and started our adventure. The courtroom was decorated for the occasion… [more]

National Adoption Month Celebrating With a Giveaway

November 11th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

In celebration of National Adoption Month and how important it is for foster care, I will be giving away a copy of the new book, “Forever Fingerprints” by Sherrie Eldridge. I purchased this book for my children and loved the book. So, I brought an extra copy to give away here in honor of the importance of this month to foster families that continue parenting children waiting to be adopted. I am asking readers to share why they chose to be foster parents and continue doing it below. If you have chosen to adopt through foster care and maybe you are not foster parenting any longer, you can share below why you chose to adopt through the foster care system. I… [more]

Foster Care Adoption a Wonderful Thing

November 8th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

Adopting Through Foster Care By the time this beautiful girl was available for adoption we realized that parenting her was a huge undertaking and at times could be quite challenging. When the label of Reactive Attachment Disorder was placed on her I was a little thrown, but I had the attitude; “Okay, we will deal with it.” Then there were the therapists, doctors, caseworkers, etc. painting this bleak picture that she may never bond with anyone and as she grows older she may struggle with major issues. They were concerned because she was already so aggressive with children and adults how would it be as she got older. My heart was broken and people were taking away my hope for the future… [more]

Adopting Through Foster Care

November 7th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

When you are a foster parent you never know about the foster children that will come into your home. Some children capture your heart from the moment they walk through your door. The moment I saw my baby girl and held her in my arms, she had me. She was far from the ideal baby but that did not matter to me. She was 13 months old when she came into our lives. She was unable to hold her head up or anything else because she had no muscle tone. She was still only taking a bottle with formula and spent her life in a crib with a flat head to prove it. Being held, cuddled, and loved was not something this baby girl had experienced… [more]

National Adoption Month – Foster Care Adoption

November 6th, 2007
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Categories: Adoption

With this being National Adoption Month in the hopes to have more foster children find adoptive homes I will be doing a few posts on adoption. While there are a number of images of foster children waiting to be adopted and hard struggles that adoptive parents face with adopting foster children for the most part of the images are negative. The truth is that a lot of the foster children waiting to be adopted do have serious issues from medical condition, behaviors, and serious mental issues, mentally retarded, and developmentally delayed. Any of these things can make parenting an adopted foster child difficult but for the most part doable. Foster children have different degrees of challenges and struggles that can be difficult when… [more]