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  1. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    I'm looking for some help here. A little background: I used to be a middle school teacher in the inner-city. I still keep in touch with some of my students. One in particular me and my family have taken care of over the last 5 years. She has spent weekends with us back when we lived in the...
  2. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    My daughter's adoption finalized in November and I thought that we'd had all the "firsts" covered. We haven't had a social services home visit since late summer and I'd kind of forgotten about those. LOL. My licensing social worker transferred to a different position and I just got a call from...
  3. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Here is the really long post in SN http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1303888/talk-to-me-about-neuropsych-evals-and-the-almost-4yo-long#post_16331924 ETA; Just realized that I didn't specifically mention that this is with Isaac (DS3). Oops--very tired! The short version is that...
  4. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Just wanted to share, our homestudy is finally done, after 6 1/2 months! It's been 11 months since we started our training classes and paperwork, we did a LOT of waiting on our busy social worker, definitely took longer then we were expecting but there was joy in the waiting. We are even more...
  5. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    For those of you who (like me) have not quite gotten around to taxes yet. Here is a simple video with a strange narrator on the tax credit. Looks pretty easy, gonna try to do my own taxes..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQryETwRziA&feature=feedf
  6. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    We were asked by friends to adopt their newborn, and she will be moving in any day. We are proceeding with getting set up for a home study through CSS, and I have a question regarding an issue in our house. The previous owners built it with one official bedroom, but set up the extra living room...
  7. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    I'm hoping to get some advice about how to respond to our 8 year old DD. She has lived with us for 2.5 years through a fairly informal arrangement with her birth mother, who is my sister. The adults (incl. birth dad) finally got everything squared away for her permanency plan and they signed...
  8. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    I felt like with DD adopted last year, I had so much sympathy and compassion for her birth mom. I genuinely grieved that she couldn't take care of DD. This was a case of not being able to parent, I feel through no fault of her own. Now fast forward to our current foster daughter and her mom...
  9. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    I posted an update and a link to my blog last month and then crazy happened and I had to move it. New blog is www.lastmom.blogspot.com. My girl is 10 and our one year anniversary of her moving in is coming up in May. We got the best surprise in the mail from the state of Texas not too long...
  10. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Today the social worker met with the expectant parents we've been speaking with. The birth father signed the unborn surrender form and we finally got confirmation of the pregnancy. I will be signing all our paperwork tomorrow and we'll begin financial assistance. She's due with a girl at the...
  11. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Hello. I am new to this board and am from North Carolina. We adopted an older child about 5 years ago and had a signed adoption assistance agreement. By federal law, the adoption assistance agreement is considered a contract which can only be amended if both parties agree. When we adopted our...
  12. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Hello, I was typing this out and accidentally hit something that erased everything, but i apologize if this comes through twice. I'm starting over now... We adopted a little girl from Ethiopia 11 months ago. She is now 19 months old. She has always been food obsessed. We have still made no...
  13. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Hi everyone! After 4 years of navigating the international independent adoption world, we finally have found our children in Uganda! We have a referral for a baby girl, almost 5 months old, and a 2.5 year old boy, and we couldn't be happier. We have found an amazing lawyer in Uganda who is...
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