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If there is one thing worse than desperately aching for a child in your arms, it is having your dreams fulfilled only to be told the child may not become your son or daughter after all.  For adoptive parents,...
Our family came to be because of adoption. My husband was aware early in our relationship that I might not be able to have biological children related to childhood cancer. And early on he expressed his desire to one...
For most hopeful parents, deciding to adopt is a step into unfamiliar territory. A new place with new people, new risks, and new rewards. Throw in a few acronyms and the entire journey can feel like a bumpy trip...
If you’re not listening to Amy Brown’s podcast 4 Things with Amy Brown, stop what you’re doing and go subscribe right now, I’ll wait. You won’t regret that. She’s funny, honest, and offering some really useful advice, four things...
I believe in adoption. I believe in the blessings that come from adoption. I believe adoption should be celebrated. However, I have come to know the complexities of adoption. I also know that my own beliefs about adoption contain holes and...
We have exhausted the "research" phase and now have to make a decision. This year our daughters will enter Kindergarten and 1st grade, and we are choosing our neighborhood public school.  This has made me ponder what new experiences...
As of last fall, there were over 7,000 children in the foster care system in Kansas. Maybe this number shocks you, or maybe you've heard and read about the growing number of kids who need a safe place to...
I tell clients the adoption process is like getting on a roller coaster.  You can count on ups and downs.  So much of an adoption is out of the adoptive family’s control and can feel like getting on a...
My husband and I have been foster parents for over three years. In that time, more than 35 children have come through our home - some for a night, some for a year. In that time, we have learned...
Pool time and swimming is a vivid childhood memory. Every summer we took swimming lessons and spent summer days as a family at the pool. It was carefree, I have not one memory of worrying about my hair. I...
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You Gotta Have Faith

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Becoming a parent is one of, if not, the most important events in life. That is true if your child joins your family through pregnancy or adoption. Adoptive couples are faced with countless decisions on their journey to this...
By Megan S. Monsour, Attorney at Law Although most step-parent situations don’t rival poor Cinderella, many step-parents do maintain the “step” in their title. Then there are step-parents who, although not the biological parent, become the child’s mother or father and...
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A Forever Kind of Love

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On National Adoption Day thousands of children in foster care are adopted by their foster families.   I attended our local celebration at Exploration Place last November. There were hundreds of people – all gathered to celebrate something extraordinary for...
We love and embrace our daughters' natural hair. As our confidence in hair care has increased yarn rope twist extension have become a staple style 1-2 times per year. We get as many compliments as we do questions about...

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Shop ICT Holiday Gift Guide | Wichita Gift Ideas & Experiences...

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Thank you to Bradley Fair and the other local businesses below for sponsoring this holiday gift guide. Who better to receive gift ideas and recommendations...