Tag: parenting

Failed adoption: Hope, heartbreak and lying caseworkers

Failed adoption: Hope, heartbreak and lying caseworkers
“Can one of you call me when you have a minute?” That’s never a good text message to get from a caseworker and I pulled over immediately to respond. I was circling the parking lot at the McHenry County Courthouse complex in an attempt to find the vague WIC building. I set out that morning... Read more »

Reunification hits home

Reunification hits home
I didn’t have work or anything to do today but the second my eyes opened at 6 a.m. I was awake for good. We knew this day was coming but the reality sat heavy in my chest. My two youngest children are moving out today. As a foster parent, you know going into your relationship... Read more »

When family isn't forever as a foster parent

When family isn't forever as a foster parent
I catch a glimpse of this out of the corner of my eye and wonder when, if, HOW, we should take it down. Family, not forever, but family. Family for a time, family in my heart. I wonder how they are, if they safe, what they are doing, if they eat regularly. I wonder if... Read more »
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Mother's Day as a foster mama gets complicated

Mother's Day as a foster mama gets complicated
What is motherhood when the children you are mothering aren’t your own, yours to keep? It’s been a few months since our youngest two left and while 99% of the time I feel 99% at peace with the fact that they have moved on, there are moments when it hits me all over again. I... Read more »

Mommy? I miss my other Mommy.

Mommy? I miss my other Mommy.
My wife and I became foster parents almost a year ago and just two days after our license became active I got The Call. The call we had been wondering about and hoping for. The call that would potentially bring our future children into our lives. I had kept my phone on with the ringer... Read more »