Meet Eddie: An Adventurous, Easy-Going Seventh Grader
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by Emily Cain
14h ago
Meet Eddie, an adventurous, easy-going, and thoughtful 13-year-old. As a seventh grader, Eddie’s favorite school activity is gym class, especially swimming. He looks forward to swimming every week and being active on a regular basis. “Eddie likes to be outside as much as possible,” says Jason, his Child Specific Recruiter. “An ideal weekend would include a walk through the woods, fishing on a river or lake, and rock collecting (he is an avid rock collector!).” Spending plenty of time in nature is very important to Eddie! In addition to searching for rocks to add to his collection, he loves goi ..read more
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Staff Spotlight: Get To Know Amber Mace
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by Emily Cain
1M ago
In our Staff Spotlight Series, we catch up with the talented, dedicated, and compassionate individuals who help make everything our organization does possible. This month we’re featuring Amber Mace, Foster Care and Adoption Supervisor with CH/LSS. Read more about Amber’s work and life below. What is your current role with CH/LSS and what are some of your primary responsibilities? I recently accepted the position of Foster Care and Adoption Supervisor. Prior to this role, I had two roles: Foster Care Adoption (FCA) Social Worker and Child Specific Recruiter (CSR). Some of my primary responsibil ..read more
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Meet Fernando: An Empathetic & Goal Oriented Teen
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by Emily Cain
1M ago
Meet Fernando, an empathetic, respectful, and considerate 16-year-old. He loves watching movies, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and eating all types of food! “Fernando is very passionate about school and his future! He has aspirations to continue his education and wants to make a positive impact on his native community,” says Colleen Kue, his child specific recruiter. When thinking about a forever family, Fernando hopes for a supportive network that can help motivate him as he works towards achieving his goals and dreams. He would thrive in a two-parent family home living in a diver ..read more
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Little Red Stocking 2022: A Story of Love & Reunion
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by Emily Cain
1M ago
Every December, we invite community members like you to be part of the work we do through our Little Red Stocking Campaign. Your gift helps us unite children with loving, nurturing families through adoption. It also ensures that adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families receive the support they need before, during, and after placement. This year, our Little Red Stocking feature story is one of love, separation, and reunion. Dennis and Karen are one of those couples who seem destined to be together, no matter what twists and turns life throws at them. Dennis & Karen’s Story Dennis prop ..read more
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Celebrating the Holidays In Foster Care: As Told By A Former Foster Youth
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by Creating a Family
1M ago
Children in foster care need a warm safe place to land, no matter the time of year they come into care, but the holidays can be especially painful and lonely for them. Foster parents and kinship caregivers can serve these precious ones more fully and respectfully when we take the time to understand the unique struggles that holidays present for them. This is one former foster youth’s story of years of holiday seasons before one foster mother changed everything. The Holidays Before Foster Care I grew up poor, in the ‘hood. Christmas, for my parents, meant choosing between paying bills and buyin ..read more
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Celebrating the Holidays In Foster Care: A Guest Post
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by Creating a Family
1M ago
Children in foster care need a warm safe place to land, no matter the time of year they come into care, but the holidays can be especially painful and lonely for them. Foster parents and kinship caregivers can serve these precious ones more fully and respectfully when we take the time to understand the unique struggles that holidays present for them. This is one former foster youth’s story of years of holiday seasons before one foster mother changed everything. The Holidays Before Foster Care I grew up poor, in the ‘hood. Christmas, for my parents, meant choosing between paying bills and buyin ..read more
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Are You Ready for Transracial Adoptive Parenting?
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by Creating a Family
2M ago
Parenting an adopted child requires extra attention to issues you might not need when raising biological children. Additional layers exist when you are preparing to adopt a child of another race. As you prepare for this adoption, it might feel impossible to be sure you are ready for transracial adoption. However, there are several questions you can ask yourself to help your preparations for the adventure of transracial adoptive parenting. Questions to Ask Yourself About Transracial Adoptive Parenting The good news about the questions we want you to consider is that there are no “right” or “wro ..read more
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Surviving and Thriving in the Holiday Season
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by Creating a Family
2M ago
We adults often lament how quickly the holiday season arrives and how fast it flies by us. We feel as if we’ve hardly had time to sit down and enjoy a moment of peace to soak in the memories we are making. However, for many of our adopted, foster, or kinship kids, the holidays might feel like a never-ending assault on their senses and emotions. It’s no wonder. With all the changes in sights, sounds, diet, and schedule, our kids can feel vulnerable and overwhelmed from Halloween through the new year. How is a family supposed to survive, let alone thrive, during the holiday season? Be Proactive ..read more
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Home is Where: An Adoptee Shares Her Search for Identity
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by Creating a Family
3M ago
Occasionally, we have the pleasure of sharing with you the thoughts of adult adoptees who are part of our community. We are thrilled to share this piece by Rosey Jones. She is a recent graduate of Messiah University. We found her through a link to her senior thesis project highlighted on their social media. She was adopted from China and shares her story of searching for identity as part of our observance of National Adoption Month. Ambiguity Was a Burden I don’t have a record of my birth, or at least not the recollection of it. For me, life starts at sixteen months — all else w ..read more
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Staff Spotlight: Get To Know Becca Underhill
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by Emily Cain
3M ago
In our Staff Spotlight Series, we catch up with the talented, dedicated, and compassionate individuals who help make everything our organization does possible. This month we’re featuring Becca Underhill, Education Facilitator, with CH/LSS. As an adoptive parent herself, Becca says her best advice for those thinking about adoption would be to “surround yourself and your family with people who are going to support you, no matter what. Support groups with other foster and adoptive parents can help you see common themes and help you get to the ‘why’ behind behaviors—for parents and kids alike! A c ..read more
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