Monday, June 15, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

#AdoptionTalk Link Up

It's been a while since I've done any link-ups.  It's been an even longer while since I've got caught up reading other people's blogs about adoption or fostering.  

Adoption Talk Link Up is a good way to meet other families who know the ropes and to learn from their experiences.  Today I linked up one of my older posts and I look forward to reading what others have to share.

Come join us!  HERE'S HOW.

Starfish Confidential #Adoption Talk

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Meth- Not Even Once

This is not a happy subject but one that needs to be shared.

I can't get these series of clips (produced by out of my head since I watched them this morning:

I've mentioned before how when we first started fostering my focus was on helping the children who were placed in our care.  But I've come to learn that children aren't the only victims foster families aid in helping.

When addictions enslave individuals the consequences are far-reaching and the addiction doesn't just affect the individual but it affects their family members and friends, too.  Like a domino effect, when families are affected then society will be affected.

I admit that in the past when I've witnessed firsthand the suffering our foster children have experienced (or will continue to experience) because of their family's addictions I've concluded that addiction is a choice, and therefore, the addict is the one responsible for their own suffering and the suffering they cause others.  But when I take a step back and set blame aside I realize that addiction is also a disease and can't we all benefit from being more compassionate and less judgmental when people are suffering- regardless of why or how their suffering came about?

To me, the greatest tragedy of alcoholism or drug addiction is that they are totally preventable conditions which is why I feel so strongly about sharing this- even if it helps just one person or one family.

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400 Facebook Fans Giveaway Winner

According to Random.Org The WINNER of my recent Giveaway is Entry #6 . . .

which happens to be . . .

Alice Anne is the mother of two boys- 4 years and 4 months old- who joined her family through adoption. And guess what?  Baby Boy #3 is due sometime THIS MONTH.  Wow!

I hope Alice Anne and her family enjoy God Found Us You and Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born.  They are two wonderful books about adoption which are specifically geared towards little children.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway- perhaps I'll have another one when I reach 500 Facebook Fans. :)