adoptive parenting

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An Introduction to Autism for Adoptive and Foster Families: Book Review

From the Cover of An Introduction to Autism for Adoptive and Foster Families: How to Understand and Help Your Child by Katie Hunt and Helen Rodwell: “Written for busy foster carers and adoptive ...

Creatures of Habit: The Importance of Routine in Foster and Adoptive Homes

A Lesson From the Birds Last summer, my daughter, Jasmine, and I had the privilege of running an exhibitor table at the National Foster Parent Association’s annual conference. Each day for three...

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The Importance of a Foster Care and Adoption Tribe

  I was relatively unemotional, a bit to my own surprise, during our move to Florida this year, I guess because I was just really excited about it, but I had intense moments of realizing what an ...

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When Everything’s a Battle for a Foster or Adoptive Family

A Nightmare I awoke from a dream, a dream in which I was climbing a mountain. The mountain and the view were breathtakingly beautiful, but the path was treacherous, unstable, and terrifying. It was sl...

8 Suggestions for Successfully Clothing a Foster or Adoptive Child

Parents want their children, especially foster and adoptive children—who can tend be targets of stereotypes, bullying, and judgement—to look well taken care of and to feel good about what they are wea...

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When Self-Care Means Sacrifice and Not Merely Survival

  At Transfiguring Adoption, we always say we strive to be the oxygen mask for caregivers, but I openly admit that I fail to put mine on all the time. And everyone suffers! As an introvert, I can...

How to Talk to Adoptive Parents Considering Out-of-Home Placement of a Child

I avoid online foster care and adoption groups like the plague these days. I have found I do not have the emotional energy for the drama and judgement that can be as prevalent in these groups as they ...

This Too Shall Pass: Hope for Foster/Adoptive Families

There are certain drives that I make at least once, if not a few times a week, one being to the place our kiddos get OT (occupational therapy), which also happens to be on the way to where they go for...

Surviving Holidays as a Foster or Adoptive Family: Part 1-Expectations

The last few months have flown by, and I cannot believe the holiday season is upon us! The holidays can be an extremely challenging time for foster and adoptive families. Not only do we get out of our...

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