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What people don’t tell you about adoption is the trauma that a child experiences can take hold of a family and cast doubts on the dreams of a happily ever after. I recently read the memoir of adult adoptee Jillian Lauren, Everything You Ever Wanted, […]

Is Adoption Really Everything You’ve Ever Wanted?


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Emergency foster care placement is what we were labeled. Most parents have months to prepare for their child arriving into the world. We only had 4 days! Less than 1 week of scrambling for clothes, toys, lawyers, and paperwork. So. Much. Paperwork! We joke that […]

When Foster Parenting is More Than You Bargained For


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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewBeneful #CollectiveBias We are so excited to share the news that we are adopting again!!! Our 9-year-old son, JD, has been bugging us to get him a dog […]

We Are Adopting Again!!!



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WHY HOMESCHOOL YOUR ADOPTED CHILD? School can be overwhelmingly stressful for a young child – but add to that a history of trauma, a new language, separation from parents, peer pressure, developmental or social delays – and an adopted child can struggle with big emotions, […]

6 Smart Reasons to Homeschool Your Adopted Child


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Have you thought about what will happen to your children after adoption if you were to die unexpectedly? This summer, my husband and I were forced to seriously think about plans for our young boys after we are gone. In May, after a long while […]

What Happens to Your Kids If Something Happens to You?


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If you bring traumatized children into your home, the traumatic events that they suffered through can take its toll on you, the caregiver, even to the point that you can begin to suffer from secondary traumatic stress (STS).  Read more on STS and stress management […]

How Secondary Trauma Affects Your Other Children



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As a foster parent, I’ve had children of various ages and needs in my home; however, I was not prepared when an older child of 8-years-old wet the bed at night. After I got over my shock and researched about bedwetting, I was surprised to […]

10 Tips for Bedwetting in Older Children


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I’m so excited!!! This weekend, the Adoption HEART Conference finally takes off beginning this Sunday, May 1st through Friday, May 6th. With over 20 video sessions with experts of various experiences and views on adoption, the Adoption HEART Conference is an invaluable resource for adoptive parents or […]

Don’t Miss These Sessions at the online Adoption HEART Conference


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The Adoption HEART Conference is almost here!!! I’m so excited!! {disclosure: I’m really nervous!!} The Adoption HEART Conference is a free online event taking place May 1st through May 6th. As an adoptive parent, I’ve struggled with navigating the unique challenges that come with parenting […]

Free Online Adoption Conference