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Helping Children Grieve

It's not a fun topic to discuss, but foster and adoptive parents help children grieve their losses. It's part of the process that helps children move towards a healthy life.  

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Share Your Heartfelt or Funny Moments of Being a Foster or an Adoptive Mother

Tuesday April 22, 2014

I can't believe how quickly Mother's Day will be here.  I thought we'd start with one of my favorite pieces where we ask readers to finish the following sentence"You know you're a foster or adoptive mother when..."

So, how would you finish the following sentence? Perhaps you never know how many kids you will have from day to day or your family picture looks like a meeting of the United Nations. Whatever your answer, take a minute to share what being a foster or adoptive mother means to you. I look forward to reading fresh answers! Some are very amusing. Here are a few responses:

  • "....you hear how [are] your boys (or girls)? and you say "which ones"?
  • "...you hear how many children do you have? and you look at them with a blank stare and just say "lots"!"
  • "...you go to McDonald's and you need more than one table and none of your kids look like each other and people just can't figure out the whole thing."

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What Is a Foster or Adoptive Mother?
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April Is also National Poetry Month

Sunday April 20, 2014

I really enjoy poetry. Not just the reading of poems, but the writing of poetry as well. We have many talented readers who also enjoy writing adoption poems and many have shared adoption poems of their own. Some poems featured on the site have been written by adoptive parents, adoptees, or by birth family.

Have you written any poetry that you would like to share with our readers?
Perhaps during the search for birth family?
While parenting a foster child?
While deciding whether to place or parent a child for adoption?

If you have an adoption poem that you would like to share for possible publication, please submit it to About Adoption & Foster Care for review.

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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday April 1, 2014

April is a time to raise awareness of abuse and neglect issues and to encourage communities to support children and families who are suffering. Foster Care is one way to offer that support and to help families get back on their feet and reunified, learning new coping techniques and parenting skills.

There are several factors that contribute to child abuse. Poverty is one of the main factors of abuse and neglect, which may be due to the stress of the living situation or higher reporting due to social services focusing more on the poor. Once we can pinpoint the risk factors we know how to avoid abuse by learning strategies to cope.  It's also important to learn the signs of child abuse and know what to do if you suspect that a child you know is being abused or neglected.

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New Articles for March 2014

Monday March 31, 2014

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