Second Chances | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

Paper stars flutter to and fro in time to the rhythm of the air conditioning. A wall of black plastic sits beneath reams of masking tape and fluorescent post-it notes. It’s masquerading as the New York City skyline. This is Pinterest’s creation come to life. This is the middle school’s eight grade dance. I set it up and now I wait for the children to arrive. I chaperoned this event for Sean when he was in eighth grade. At the…

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Foundations – Foster Parents Article

At four and a half, Birdy is quite the character. Her nursery teachers describe her as “a natural leader” and say that she “knows her own mind.” As I am familiar with teacher-speak, I know that these terms are euphemistic. A lot of our conversations at home are characterised by intense amounts of stubbornness and a lot of “No!” and “I don’t want to!” More than I would like, I correct her, re-direct her, and cross swords with her. Sometimes…

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