Adoptive Family Stories

Life Skills – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

Hope will be 18 in a few weeks and in 12 short weeks, she will be off to college. It’s all very exciting, and in some ways, I am a little surprised that she’s not pulling away from me a little. But, no. She’s not pulling away at all. In fact, my lovely daughter is more attached to me than a barnacle. She wants to watch TV with me. She wants to go to the gym with me and use…

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A Whirlwind Adoption – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

A rush to finalize before a teen turns 18 On a cold Thursday in January, Jeff received the call that started a flurry of events to adopt his fourth son. He had been home study approved for about a year and a half and was specifically waiting for a teen who needed a family. “When I started fostering and adopting a few decades ago, I had the perspective that you should start as young as you can and do what…

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A Millennial’s Guide to Foster Care and Adoption – Foster Parents Article

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I’d be married to my high school sweetheart and have two kids at 25, I would have said, “You’re nuts.” But, that’s exactly what happened. I met my husband in the summer of 2008. We were 17 and just about to start our senior year of high school. We attended different high schools, enrolled in different colleges and pursued completely different career paths. Through it all, we had each other…

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Five Years – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since Hope moved in from her last foster home. In some ways it seems like it couldn’t possibly be that long; in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. I’m about 15 lbs. heavier, and I have a LOT more gray hair than I did back then. I have grown a lot. I’ve learned so much…about everything. I learned that parenting is a lot about fake finding your way…

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