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National Adoption Day 2015

Today is National Adoption Day, a day to celebrate the gift of adoption and raise awareness about the 100,000+ children in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for forever families. The Dropping Anchors crew had lots of adoptions that have been … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Home for Foster Parenthood – Part 2

As a follow up to Preparing Your Home for Foster Parenthood – Part 1, where I shared the home safety checklist that our agency provided before our home study, I’ve written a Part 2 with tips from experienced foster parents … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Home for Foster Parenthood – Part 1

As we were becoming foster parents I was in full-blown nesting mode and ready to prepare our home and our future kids’ room before we finished our training classes and were given a checklist of requirements for our home study. … Continue reading

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Becoming a Mother

When does a woman become a mother? Is it when she conceives for the first time? Is it when she becomes aware of her baby? Is it when she first holds her child in her arms? I pondered those questions … Continue reading

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Remembering the Kids Who Have Moved On

In the days before our first foster daughter—the one who made me a mom—left to be reunited with an extended family member, I had my husband help me paint her hand pink and press it onto white card stock. I … Continue reading

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National Adoption Day 2014

Today is National Adoption Day, an event geared toward raising awareness about the 100,000+ children in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for families, and a day to celebrate adoption in general. In the Dropping Anchors crew we have 21 adoptions … Continue reading

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Why Foster Care?

Foster care is so easy! They just, like, give you a free baby! It’s one of our group’s running jokes. We’ve never once heard a foster parent allude to the ease of the process. It’s by far the hardest thing … Continue reading

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These Weirdos are My Tribe

When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me, too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe. –Sweatpants & Coffee When I entered the world of foster … Continue reading

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