Adoption: The secret village.

You've heard the quote, "It takes a village to raise a child".   I know there are some who argue and say no it just takes good parents.  While that is definitely true, it does take more than just parents to raise a child well. The parents do need to be the foundation.   Study after study... Continue Reading →

How Culture & Religion affect Foster Care

As foster parents, we have had children of all sorts of religions, cultures, family values and heritage.   Our heritage is mostly European from all sides.   Our culture is a mixture of Canadian and Dutch.   Our religion is Bible believing, Christian.   Our family values are respect, family, helping others, quality time and friendships. Today I was... Continue Reading →

Freedom in Forgiveness

There's something preventing you from fully loving others.   It is like a chain that holds you back. I've had so many conversations with people in the last two weeks that left me with one  thought in my mind.....unforgiveness.   The common theme among the people I was talking to was not forgiving someone.   Because these conversations... Continue Reading →

Don’t forget the Birth Mother

I just finished my Christmas shopping and the last person on my list was our youngest's birth mother.   Usually I have at least four birth mothers I buy for, depending on who is staying with us, but this year just one.  I guess that sounds strange to some!   To us it has been a way... Continue Reading →

Why Adopt When You Can Have Your Own?

Quite the insensitive question when you think about it! Let's tackle that question (that we hear all the time) in two parts and I'm going to answer them in reverse order. Part two:  "when you can have your own" I know how many people struggle with infertility or second  time around infertility.  We struggled to... Continue Reading →

GOOD Grief Foster Momma

Last night I was researching foster parent attrition; which is a fancy word for foster parents quitting.  All across Canada and the U.S. and maybe other countries too, foster parents are throwing in the towel.   Unfortunately, the number of children experiencing poverty, neglect, abuse or abandonment has not decreased.   This leaves a gap.   Many of... Continue Reading →

A.R.E (Adoption Resource Exchange)

Today was Remembrance Day but I didn’t spend it at the cenotaph with my Army brother and grandfather even though it may be his last.   I went with a fellow foster mom to the A.R.E in Toronto.   The A.R.E stands for Adoption Resource Exchange.   What on earth is that? Well, this morning we didn’t really... Continue Reading →

Fears of Adoptive Parents

Today I had a fantastic conversation with an adoption worker.   She's been in the field for many years.   I told her that I was working on an e-book called "Working with Birth Families".   She was delighted at the idea and asked why I thought more foster and adoptive parents have such a difficult time working... Continue Reading →

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