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When the Feeling Is Missing

posted on September 1, 2019

This blog post was originally published as a guest blog post on WACAP Now Blog. Those who choose older child adoption face many distinct challenges. Many of the challenges are openly discussed as parents seek out advice and wisdom in how…… Read More

Back to School Resources

posted on August 13, 2019

Securely attached children tend to approach uncertainty with interest and curiosity. For maltreated children, however, uncertainty overwhelms, frightens, and freezes them in their track. Since the learning process is, by definition, about not knowing something, we should not be surprised…… Read More

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An Adoptive Mommy’s Purse

posted on August 1, 2019

I met my sons for the first time 10 years ago.  Even after so many years, the anxiety I felt in that moment is palpable. Sweaty palms. Upset stomach. The intense urge to flight somewhere in the complete opposite direction.…… Read More

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When Two Worlds Collide

posted on October 7, 2018

When I was a child, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I thought it would be the most romantic way to spend my days floating amongst the clouds. My dad traveled for work when I was a kid and…… Read More

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When Two Worlds Collide

posted on October 27, 2016

When I was a child, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I thought it would be the most romantic way to spend my days floating amongst the clouds. My dad traveled for work when I was a kid and…… Read More

Family Nurture Groups

posted on April 9, 2016

  We strive to connect with our kids as we teach them new skills.  Before we can take away a survival skill, we need to replace it with a new one. One of the things we often suggest to families…… Read More

Connection Jars

posted on March 7, 2016

Finding ways to connect with your kids can be hard. Connection jars can give you a quick and easy way to add connecting activities to your everyday routine. Set a certain time each day and allow each of your kids…… Read More

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Created to Connect Discussion Group for Women

posted on May 12, 2015

The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis, has become one of the most helpful and encouraging books for adoptive and foster parents in helping them understand how to compassionately and effectively deal with the challenges that they and their…… Read More

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What’s the Measure of Success?

posted on April 24, 2015

Have you ever gone to bed at the end of a long day filled with dealing with your kids and felt as though overall you had done a terrible job of being a parent? Honestly, this was how I felt…… Read More

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5 Reasons We Struggle to Discipline the Way We Want To

posted on April 1, 2015

Parenting is hard and parenting children from hard places can present its own unique challenges. There are days that we do well and there are days when we need to repair the damage we have done. Listen as Jason and…… Read More