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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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