Learning to Be a Trust-Based Family

Gretchen:  “So, when we first got Benjy’s paperwork, it was really overwhelming. He was described as a very angry child and his neural psych evaluation had described him with so much trauma and abuse, neglect, things that we were just … Read more

Who are “No Matter What” Families?

Oriana: “Many of our families are just amazing people that had. This calling inside of them to help kids.” Jen: “No matter what she slings my way, I’m always going to love her. And I made the pledge to always … Read more

A Reunification Journey

“Currently, we are a family of six; four children and my husband and I. And, we always said that we wanted to adopt someday, we just didn’t know what that was going to look like. And so we said, why … Read more

Compassion for Birth Families

“When I was 21, I had, I had a daughter. Well, at that time I was living in my car or sometimes sleeping underneath a picnic table in a park, being heavily involved in drugs. And I just, I didn’t … Read more

What Do My Child’s Behaviors Mean?

“The behavior thing is a symptom of something deep down. And so often we can look at these children and just look at their behaviors and not understand why they’re doing them. Nicholas would get up in the middle of … Read more

Love Them Through It

“When my daughter was placed with me, it was made well known to me the trauma that she had come from, which was pretty severe physical and emotional and sexual abuse and that can be hard stuff to deal with … Read more

Fostering the Family

Dave:  “We got involved in foster care with we thought to help kids in need of help. I don’t think either of us realized, and even with her working in the field, realized how much we can help the parents … Read more

Understanding Trauma

Dave:  “The great rose-colored glasses I had on when we first started foster care was, ‘all these kids need is some love and some discipline.’ It’s not really the case because you’re not dealing with kids that are not traumatized. … Read more

Taking a Different Parenting Approach

“It’s very difficult when you have a teenager who is walking around the house cussing and swearing at you and following you from room to room. It’s pretty challenging sometimes. And when you’re in that situation and can’t get away … Read more

There’s Always Something Good

“As a mother, your child is your most precious gift. And if that were ever taken away from me I would hurt no matter what I did to cause it. “And I also understand that there’s a connection just by virtue … Read more