March 21, 2019

Tears in the Morning

For the first eight months of his life, my grandson spent 24 hours per day, seven days a week with his mother. Together constantly, he bonded deeply with her. Unfortunately, I don’t think the reverse was true. At two months of age, she wanted to lea...

Laurie's perspective: 

Teens can be a challenge. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone. I remember, when my biological daughter hit teenhood, I used to gaze at pictures of her as a child and reassure myself, yes you love her deep down, and one day you will a...

I have been thinking about this so much lately and have been trying to find the words to use to support extending foster care to beyond 18 years old. Please forgive me if I ramble. This is so important to me. 

At 17, I was an honor roll student in my senior year of hi...

Vanquishing The Monster

I awoke today filled with excitement. Today was the day I had been looking forward to for months. Today was the day I was going to prove that "I am a better parent than you". Today was the day that all the planning and plotting and trying to figu...

It’s My Potty And I’ll Cry If I Want To!

Of all the ups and downs parents face in raising their children, potty training has got to be one of the most trying.  Our home is in the middle of this battle, and at times, the war zone escapes into friendly territory.

Our toddl...

May 17, 2017

Why do you do it? Why would you put yourself through that? It’s a question I have been asked many times over the past 13 years.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve asked myself the same question. 

A little person is brought to your home, a stranger, and we’re expected to s...

March 16, 2017

These days in Rhode Island, and pretty much everywhere else in the country, there are more kids who need foster homes than there are foster homes available. Teenagers who need parents and should be living with families are aging out of group homes with no one to turn t...

December 22, 2016

The day I met the Village ladies, I felt such a sense of relief and gratitude wash over me. Very few of my family and friends had understood or supported my decisions to foster, then adopt teens from state care. Those decisions had in fact turned my life upside down, a...

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