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Michigan – Not A Success Story

I was born in November of 1984 in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have three younger sisters and a younger brother. My biological parents were drug-addicts and left us constantly homeless and hun... [more]

Thirty Critical Minutes in the Life of a Foster Parent

It didn't hit me until I'd checked Mariah's seatbelt and climbed into the van. I had that fluttery stomach ache I get when I am nervous. I had always considered myself to be a compassionate... [more]

Because I Am a Foster Parent

You create your precious bundle of joy while I try to recreate a lost childhood, because I am a foster parent. You have baby showers and well wishes while you create the perfect nursery. I ... [more]

A Family Story and False Allegations

Last night we went to bed with two children with raging fevers and puke buckets next to beds. Not a favorite time of mine, this mid-summer flu. Yuck! I had decided last night to call off ou... [more]

Foster Care: Selfish or Selfless?

I was born into a large family, always loved children and babysitting. Decided to pursue a career in elementary education. Loved it! Became a parent and wanted to share the joy. Became a fo... [more]

Apology : A Poem

I suppose an apology is in order; I must have done you wrong. I suppose that when you look around you, You see that I am the one who doesn't belong. I suppose that you think that i... [more]

My Empty Box of Crayons

I have been taken away from home at an early age. My social worker separated me and my siblings around 2003. I was living with an aunt and uncle, then placed in a residential diagnostic tre... [more]

I Want to Be a Foster Parent

I have wanted to for years now to become a foster parent to kids to try to make a difference in their lives. I believe I am a good parent and have good parenting skills. I am stern, firm, ki... [more]

A Wonderful Adoption Story

I was fourteen when the Webb's took me in as a foster child. I had been a ward of the State of Hawaii since I was 10 years old. The Webbs would be my 5th foster home. It was hard to find a ... [more]

Life as a Foster Child

I grew up in a very small village where every knew everyone and almost everybody was related. I only remember from the ages of 5 yearsold and up. I have two younger sisters and two older br... [more]

Liscensure: Entrance into the Wild World of Foster Care

Getting licensed is the only way into the wild world of foster parenting. The entrance is gated by the process. And the process looks vastly different depending on which side of this entran... [more]

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