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Adoption & Foster Care: My Personal Experiences: Reflections on Instant Family – Foster Parents Article

Adoption & Foster Care: My Personal Experiences: Reflections on Instant Family Pages Reflections on Instant Family I finally got around to seeing Instant Family and I thought it was a good blend of accuracy and humor in portraying what foster-adoptive families experience. Rather than give a complete plot summary, here are some scenes and themes I’d like to share which stood out to me in particular, as someone who has fostered and adopted children through the foster care system: Fantasy Children…

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ReMoved#3- Love is Never Wasted – Foster Parents Article

Nathanael Matanick has done it once again!  I watched ReMoved 3 yesterday and was particularly impressed with the grief portrayed by the little boy, his mother, and the foster mother.* I also appreciated the portrayal of the complexities of differing opinions family members have when considering opening up your home to a foster placement as well as the positive and negative affects a child could have on other children in the home. Other observations: 8:10 killed me! I remember in…

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Reuniting Families and Fostering Immigrant Children – Foster Parents Article

I expressed my concerns over migrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. border in my last post, but I guess I’m not done because I have a few more concerns: Concern #1: How are all of the children who have been separated from their parents going to be reunited with them? June 20th’s Executive Order will put a stop to separating families at the border but how will all of the families who have been separated be “put…

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“Suffer the Children to come unto Me . . . Unless” – Foster Parents Article

Some of the most heartbreaking experiences I have had as a foster parent are trying to comfort a newly placed foster child in my home as they cry out for their parents.  Nighttime is invariably the hardest time and intensifies the anxiety, confusion, grief, and trauma that these children experience as a result of being separated from their families through no fault of their own.  If the child is old enough to ask “Why can’t I be with my parents?”…

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Social Work & The “This Is Us” Superbowl Episode – Foster Parents Article

I admittedly only watched about five minutes of the Superbowl this year- but I was glued to my T.V. during the infamous This is Us Superbowl episode and gave strict instructions to any who were within the sound of my voice that there would be NO INTERRUPTIONS while I watched.  It was an  intense episode, to say the least. One of my first reactions upon seeing Rebecca receive the news of Jack’s death in the hospital was:  “Where’s the hospital…

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Problems & Possible Legislative Solutions to the U.S. Foster Care System & Adoptions – Foster Parents Article

The last time I wrote about the Adoption Tax Credit was about five years ago.  I will be mentioning it again since last week I got word that the Adoption Tax Credit was at risk of being abolished under the proposed Republican Tax Reform.  I was happy to learn (just last night) that because of feedback and advocacy, the credit will now be staying! Sometimes as a foster parent I feel like I have very little power in actually implementing…

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ACEs & The Protective Power of Connection – Foster Parents Article

I have been fascinated with the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) having an impact on physical health since I first heard about the groundbreaking study and acronym at a Child Abuse Prevention Conference I attended years ago. Here’s an infographic which serves as a good Cliffs Notes Version of ACEs: As equally intriguing to me to learn about the impact of risk outcomes for ACEs, is just how the ACE study came about- so I’ll tell you: Dr. Vincent…

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