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Musings from a Single Mom - Margaret L. Schwartz September 26th, 2005
When people hear my story, they say “How brave you are.” and “What lucky children.” But they only hear what they want to — how I traveled to Ukraine at the age of 45 and adopted two adorable little boys. What they don’t hear about is the daily frustration I encountered during the four months I stayed at home with a two and three-year-old who had medical problems and developmental delays, including no verbal skills. Or how I would collapse, devoid of any energy, in front of the TV or my PC in the evenings, feeling depressed and lonely.
An Assorted Fairytale XXIV - Linda Muzzin September 16th, 2005
I could feel the joy and the pain, the same things I had been feeling all these years without her…and the others, and overwhelmed at the thought that I had finally had a chance to put one piece of the puzzle in its place. I stood back and looked at her, and it seemed as if I was staring back at me. Though we are only half sisters, which I never understood, we look alike and sound a like, and have much the same sense of humor.
My New Family - Haydee C. September 16th, 2005
Two hours later, we met a family we didn’t even know. The social worker said this is your family and you are going to stay with them until your dad gets better. We all said okay. After a few weeks, we liked the family; they were really nice to us. They talked to us about adoption and many different things, but we never thought we were going to get adopted.
Who are Foster Parents? - Lawrence P. Adams September 16th, 2005
They, the overwhelming majority, are not the monsters some people think they are. They don’t do it for money, or for fame, or for people to look at them or notice them. They don’t do it to be popular or to be noticed by other people. Neither do they do it to obtain a privilege or a gift, or just for pity. They are not the bad people of the system.
A Foot in Two Families - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW September 09th, 2005
When parents separate or divorce, precious little time is ever given to the consequences and challenges to be faced down the road. The custody and access battle of the day came to a conclusion and the parent with primary residence or custody envisions that lasting to the day the child leaves home for work or college. However, the secondary residential parent or access parent, often holds a dream that one day, their child will come to live with them as he or she has been living in their primary residence.
A Birth Father's Nightmare - ta_j316 September 09th, 2005
This all started back in 1987; I was 19 and she was 18 and in college. We met through a mutual friend, and we immediately hit it off. I would drive two hours each direction every weekend, sometimes twice a week just to be with her. Things seemed to be happening so fast for us. I think too fast; this is why our relationship must have failed after only four and a half months.
An Assorted Fairytale XXIII - Linda Muzzin September 09th, 2005
The hour was nearing, and I knew we were only fifteen minutes from Debbie’s front door. My stomach in knots, my head filled with all possibilities, and my hearts door wide-open waiting for the chance to make this all come true. I had been counting on it all for so long I was surprised to be this anxious, but I knew this was a huge step in my journey.
Build Rapport to Facilitate Teen Behaviour - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW September 01st, 2005
When the relationship is spiraling out of control and parents find themselves at their wits end, the challenge is to rise above the animosity in favour of rebuilding the relationship. Harsher, more restrictive consequences will not bring the teen “under control”.
Gabrielle, Beautiful in Every Way - Kristene Feldhaus September 01st, 2005
On August 29th, 2002, I delivered Gabrielle into the world with my sister, friend, and adoptive parents looking on. But my story is a little unusual and not commonly heard of. I had met the aparents on July 2, 2002 and instantly fell in love with them. They were the parents that I had always wanted but never had. I knew the first day that I met these people that I wanted my daughter to be raised by them.
An Assorted Fairytale XXII - Linda Muzzin September 01st, 2005
Our mother had been so awful to me, so I could not help but expect the worst. When I saw the reply to my e-mail, I was truly afraid to open it. Debbie was another blessing that I had yet to discover. She was truly like the big sister I had hoped for so many times as birthday wishes and in Christmas letters to Santa. She was as close to holding my hand in an e-mail as you can get. She said while she was disappointed, she understood, and that we would just have to wait the extra few days and that it hadn’t changed anything. She would still be there waiting with open arms to meet me.
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