Beth and Emily chat about Emily's adoption journey in this behind-the-scenes Q & A. The pair discusses everything from the why and the how to the hard and happy.
To those in the waiting phase, I want to give you some ideas today! Everything is going to happen so quickly for you once your child is with you. For that reason, now is THE TIME!
There are many misconceptions about foster care. It can be a daunting commitment, but when armed with truths and facts, you may find it's something worth exploring.
The more exposure I gain to foster care, the more I realize how many widely held misconceptions exist about foster care. Whether about the purpose of foster care, who foster kids are, or the needs within the community, these misconceptions tend to keep people at a distance, leading to inaction.
While many people get involved after a child is placed into foster care -- such as CPS caseworkers, lawyers, judges, and family members -- advocates (also called “CASAs”) are the only players in a child abuse case who are there as volunteers representing the best interests of the child, as well as the eyes and ears of the community.
My ideal open relationship some day in the future looks like birth parents (and even other siblings) coming to my home to share meals, celebrate birthdays and achievements, and mark special occasions. I would love them to occupy picture frames and photo albums around the house, to be regular faces during holidays, and guests at graduation.
Our time with foster care taught us that agencies are not one-size-fits-all. Like any company, each agency has a culture, and each has strengths and weaknesses. Because your agency has the potential to make or break your overall experience, it is important to weigh the culture against criteria that are significant to you.