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  1. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>I'm looking for some help here. </p> <p> </p> <p>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...
  2. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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...
  3. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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...
  4. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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.....</p> <p> </p> <p><a...
  5. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>We were asked by friends to adopt their newborn, and she will be moving in any day.<br> We are proceeding with getting set up for a home study through CSS, and I have a question regarding an issue in our house.<br> The previous owners built it with one official bedroom, but set up the extra...
  6. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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...
  7. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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.</p> <p>Now fast forward to our current foster daughter and...
  8. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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 <a href="http://www.lastmom.blogspot.com" target="_blank">www.lastmom.blogspot.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>My girl is 10 and our one year anniversary of her moving in is coming up in...
  9. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    <p>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.</p> <p> </p> <p>I will be signing all our paperwork tomorrow and we'll begin financial assistance.</p>...
  10. 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...
  11. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Hello,<br><br> 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...<br><br> We adopted a little girl from Ethiopia 11 months ago. She is now 19 months old. She has always been food obsessed. We have...
  12. Adoptive and Foster Parenting
    Hi everyone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br> After 4 years of navigating the international independent adoption world, we finally have found our children in Uganda! We have a...
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