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Ashley Christian

8 perfect responses to rude stranger comments for foster and adoptive parents

8 perfect responses to rude stranger comments for foster and adoptive parents

When foster and adoptive parents go out in public, we all get some crazy, insensitive, rude, or genuinely curious comments from strangers. I want to be kind, and even educate if I can, but not at the expense of my child who is watching and listening. If you’re like me, I always come up with […]

The #1 thing worn-out foster + adoptive parents need most.

The #1 thing worn-out foster + adoptive parents need most.

I’ve been there before. So bone weary as a foster and adoptive mom, I could hardly get up off the couch, let alone parent effectively. It got to the point where I considered finding a new adoptive home for two of my children. I couldn’t see past the dark cloud of trauma and chronic stress […]

How to stay patient, when you have nothing left to give.

How to stay patient, when you have nothing left to give.

When we were in the process to become licensed foster parents, we listened intently to all the training classes we were required to attend. It seemed like a lot of worst-case scenarios to us, and we decided to remain hopeful. I read a handful of books on foster care and adoption, and talked with friends […]

How adoption pushed one mom to depression + suicidal thoughts. A story of overcoming.

How adoption pushed one mom to depression + suicidal thoughts. A story of overcoming.

Guest written by Mendy Shriver of gospelcenteredhealth.com When my daughters finally came home, I relentlessly tried to bond with them. They were ten and eleven years old and I had missed so much of their lives. I was determined to meet their needs and create a healthy attachment between us. In the messiness I became […]

Afraid for your adopted child’s future? This is how you overcome:

Afraid for your adopted child’s future? This is how you overcome:

My mom has multiple sclerosis and limited mobility. She knows there is a lot she can’t do, so she actively focuses on the things she can, one of which is counseling and mentoring people. From women in crisis, girls rescued from sex slavery, teens at the local boys and girls club, to a mid-aged mentally […]

Stop being overwhelmed in 3 steps, for foster and adoptive parents.

Stop being overwhelmed in 3 steps, for foster and adoptive parents.

For many of us who are living with wounded and chronically anxious children, we absorb that stress ourselves, to the point of developing secondary trauma reactions. Being in a state of high alert, always vigilant, and often anxious and depressed ourselves, can make accomplishing basic tasks and time management difficult.  When we operate from our […]

The #1 mistake new foster and adoptive parents make

The #1 mistake new foster and adoptive parents make

When we welcome broken children into our lives, things will go haywire for a while. We won’t be able to live the same way we once did. We’ll be tempted to compare ourselves with other similar sized families and wonder way we can’t seem to function as well as they do.  The #1 mistake new […]