Fourteen years ago I was a wide-eyed, headstrong, and terrified pre-adoptive father. The start of a new journey was exciting to me, but there were so many things I was afraid of. In the middle of it, though, I found hope. If only I could go back in time and whisper to my 25 year old self. Instead, here’s a letter to any other man who feels the way I felt 14 years ago…
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It’s a common tale in foster parenting- A couple gets excited, joins the ranks of foster parenting, begins taking placements, and just a month in they’re completely overwhelmed or defeated! How can a person enter this journey better prepared? This is the topic of today’s podcast! We figured out just months into our time as foster parents, that we were in over our head. But it really didn’t need to be this way. If only there were some folks willing to give us the inside scoop on what we could expect from this journey. Instead, we took the foster parent
Today we’re launching Season 2 of The Honestly Speaking Parent Podcast and we are so excited. We have so many great things planned over the next few months. Today, we’re talking about escaping hurt and finding hope as a foster or adoptive parent. It’s a big question moving into a brand New Year: How can you move past pain and defeat and into a season of hopefulness? Today, we’re sharing a recap of Monday’s blog post, 5 Ways To Find Hope In The New Year, and we’re also excited to share a excerpt from last month’s webinar with The Refresh Conference
It’s a common question adoptive and foster parents ask. “How do I handle having a relationship with my child’s birth parent?” In-spite of the fear, confusion, and sometimes awkward situations that come from birth family relationships, we’ve discovered some practical ways to have a healthy relationship.
It’s the worst fear of any parent- losing a child. For our guest, Denise, her worst fear became a reality 2 years ago when her son Ian took his own life. In the wake of this tragedy she is learning how to move forward, and live life, in-spite of deep loss. Christmas is supposed to be the happiest season of the year. Filled with family gatherings, good food, friends, gifts, shiny decorations and hallmark memories to last a lifetime. No one expects the season to turn tragic. That’s exactly what happened to Jim and Denise Rose and their two daughter’s on
We’ve often asked the question of foster parents, “If you could tell your case manager anything, unfiltered, what would you say?” In this episode of Honestly Speaking, Kristin and I discuss this with our good friend, Nicole. Over our 9-year career in foster parenting we worked with so many wonderful people, case managers, guardian ad litems, CASA workers, attorneys and more. But we also faced our fair share of difficult people, namely misunderstanding case managers. It made the the road we were on difficult, isolating, and much longer than it needed to be.