adoptive parenting

Teaching Kids to Respect Other Cultures Starts With Understanding Your Own – Foster Parents Article

I remember being about nine years old the first time I realized my family culture was different from the culture I was growing up in. My mom had bought a boxed set of cassette tapes of “The News from Lake Wobegon” from a library book sale. As I listened to Garrison Keillor describe life in the midwest, my life started to make just a little more sense. I was a girl growing up in California being raised by a mother…

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We are an Adoption Success Story. And it’s still Hard. – Foster Parents Article

November is National Adoption Awareness month and over the years we’ve been an adoptive family, my feelings about this month have run the gamut. In the beginning, I just wanted to post beautiful pictures of my beautiful kids and acknowledge what an amazing thing adoption is in my life. Adoption made me a mother and for that I will be forever grateful. But as my kids have gotten older and have been able to express their own feelings about adoption,…

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It’s Okay to Not Have a Big Family | – Foster Parents Article

I have forced myself to read articles about the Hart family. I don’t want to read them, but I think it’s important to stare their story directly in the face and ask the hard questions. How could two women adopt six kids and then kill themselves and their family? What would drive them to that point? What could have been done to prevent it? As someone who works with foster and adoptive families, this feels important. As a mom of…

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The Flow Chart of My Family – Single Mum, Parents Article

I met all the kids, their Dad and their step-mom a super funky vegan restaurant for lunch. It is the kind of place that woman have body hair and my son with dreads is the “norm”. Not the kind of place I expect my family to be the “odd ones out”… As we are siting having lunch I heard people behind us trying to “place” all the children- “Well those blondes are theirs (referring to my ex and I)” “That…

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