Left Out

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada. Holidays are hard for many people for many reasons. Most of us find our way to turkey this weekend.   If not turkey, at least to family or friends for gathering and giving thanks. Now imagine you are plucked out of your thanksgiving dinner.   You are taken away by... Continue Reading →

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Daddy Protect Yourself

The other day, I chatted with a brand new foster Momma. They are about to take in a teen girl.   First placement.   Brave you say?   I say trusting.   They are trusting the strength of their family and community to make it work.   They trust their skills as parents.   They... Continue Reading →

20 adopted children

This spring I was able to attend an adoption and foster parent conference in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.   It was so great to be in a place where everyone you meet is in the same phase of life as you.  No one blinked when I answered their question of "How many kids do you have?".   There... Continue Reading →

Welcoming Presidents and Orphans

This week the word welcome has really made me think. This week was the first time we struggled to find places for people to sleep and had to say no to a sleepover for one of our kids because all our beds were full and we already had all the extra mattresses and two cots... Continue Reading →

Foster Siblings

The Ups and Downs of Foster Siblings  By Jessie I am almost ten years old.   I have always had lots and lots of foster siblings since I was a baby.   I was a foster child when I was a baby but my parents adopted me and my sister.   There are good things and bad things... Continue Reading →

Fish for Grandpa

Last week my husband got to go out on a big fishing boat and go fishing.   Definitely not something he does or has ever done.   It was pretty cool to see him with these huge fish.   A week later and he put those giant fish on the smoker.   I thought he was a little crazy... Continue Reading →

Questions We Get A Lot!

Yesterday I was a speaker on the PRIDE panel.   PRIDE is the course you take in Ontario, Canada if you want to become a foster, kin or adoptive parent.   I spoke as an adoptive and foster mom and also as the President of our Foster Parent Association. It's always fun to watch the eyes open... Continue Reading →

Why take in teens?

Think back to when you were 15.   I bet you were worried about zits, your clothes, your homework, driving, your friends, your dating life, your friends dating lives, your future.  Most of us were not worried about packing up all our belongings and moving to another foster home. One of the major worries for teens... Continue Reading →

The Many Hellos

Many people wonder what it must be like to welcome a new foster child.   This account is specifically for new foster parents, waiting foster parents or anyone interested in learning more about what foster parents do. Before any foster parent gets a call for a placement, they will have had to go through much training... Continue Reading →

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