The Lion’s Den | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

The sound of her voice sets my teeth on edge. The children’s older biological sister, M, is difficult for me to stomach. I am caught between my instinct to get her away from my children and the idea that I should try to maintain their original sibling bonds. It’s hard for me to do. Contact with her is something the children are entitled to. She isn’t a danger to them. She’s just…herself. I know that if I keep them from…

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Winter Storm | Herding Chickens and Other Adventures in Foster and Adoptive Care – Foster Parents Article

In the dark, he is afraid. Carl’s panicked voice calls out, “Dad? Mama?? Mama!!” sounding more like a toddler than a teenager. My children learned at an early age that monsters are all too real. Some lessons cannot be unlearned no matter how many years go by. Today I woke up early and crept downstairs. The New England sky had already dumped seven inches of powdered snow outside. The ice storm portion hadn’t yet begun. In the darkness of the…

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