Talking About Adoption

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Making Sense of It All

posted on February 29, 2012

Amy Curtis presented Making Sense of It All: Helping Adopted Children Understand Who Their Are at the 2011 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference.  In this hour-long presentation, Amy highlights some of the essential elements that parents and professionals must focus on in…… Read More

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Living the Dream

posted on February 26, 2012

Yesterday morning my daughter awoke to the sound of me singing softly in her ear.  “I love your beautiful brown hair…I love your beautiful brown eyes…I love your beautiful brown skin…”  Not really a song, I suppose.  Just something sweet…… Read More

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Listening In: What’s in a Name?

posted on February 10, 2012

“Every good conversation starts with good listening.”  I came across this quote recently and it started me thinking.  What we adoptive and foster parents need, among other things, is to be engaged in some really good conversations.  Conversations that offer…… Read More

Why Christmas Stinks Sometimes

posted on December 11, 2011

It was the third day in a row, or maybe the fourth. I don’t exactly recall. I do, however, vividly remember coming home from work and being met by my normally patient and long-suffering wife declaring in an overly frustrated…… Read More

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2011 Tapestry Conference – Recap & Resources

posted on November 2, 2011

The 2011 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference was a huge success, thanks in large part to the Tapestry conference team and dozens of other volunteers who helped make it possible.  We were privileged to serve over 800 adults and…… Read More

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Chatting With Kids About Adoption

posted on June 24, 2011

I don’t talk with my kids about adoption. It’s not that I don’t think it is a good idea – it certainly is. It’s just that, even though all four of my children were adopted, they have no interest in…… Read More

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Not Your Everyday Conversation

posted on June 5, 2011

Not Your Everday Conversation: Talking with Your Children About the Difficult Realities of Adoption and Foster Care was presented by Michael and Amy Monroe at the 2009 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference. This presentation focuses on some of the difficult…… Read More

Shh! It’s Private

posted on June 2, 2011

An article from a recent Rainbow Kids e-newsletter, entitled Privacy Matters in Adoption, serves to remind adoptive and foster parents of a very important responsibility: we are the guardians of our child’s story. As adoptive and foster parents we have…… Read More

W.I.S.E. Up Powerbooks

posted on June 2, 2011

The W.I.S.E. Up Powerbooks (published by The Center for Adoption Support and Education) are great tools for any adoptive or foster parent. CASE has published two different versions of the W.I.S.E. Up Powerbook – an adoption Powerbook and a foster care Powerbook…… Read More

Grateful to Share My Mother’s Day

posted on May 9, 2011

Tears flowed down my face today as I sat in church listening to our pastor read the most sincere and sensitive prayer I’ve ever heard offered on Mother’s Day. He started his prayer with thanksgiving to God for welcoming us…… Read More