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A Picnic To Remember

As I reflect on our recent annual adoption picnic and all that it means to me, I am flooded with an immense sense of gratitude to be able to practice adoption law.

When people realize that I solely handle adoptions, I am often met with responses like, “You get to practice the happy law.” And while a law practice centered around building families is the most rewarding career I can think of, it does not come without the sacrifice made by these courageous birth mothers.

Motherhood, Laying Down on the Job

Mother’s Day weekend is kind of our Super Bowl weekend. (National Adoption Month is our Christmas.) Motherhood is woven into the fiber of what we do.

For Mother’s Day, I asked our social media followers and staff to send us the pictures the most typified motherhood to them.

We received the most fantastic pictures. There were pictures of tearful first hellos, candid moments of laughter and snuggles, generational pictures, with moms, grandmas, kids and grandkids, and there were also honest pictures of messes and boo boos.

My Stephanie

 May 7, 2018

9 Years ago, yesterday was the happiest day of my life. Why? In addition to having a wonderful stepdaughter and a happy and healthy three-year-old, my baby girl, Stephanie, joined our family...making it complete.  But it was a long road to get there.

The Beautiful Tapestry of a Foster Family

Next week, the month of May comes to a rapid start and, with it, the advent of summer.  However, before pining a tidy bow on the month of May, I want to remind you that May is National Foster Care Month.

As adoption professionals, we tip our hat to Florida’s foster parents, who day-in and day-out are the lifelines for many of our state’s precious children. Many of these foster moms and dads nurture these kids for a time but ultimately, bid them adieu when the child is reunified with their biological parents or placed elsewhere.

The Privilege of Watching Them Grow Up

One of the highlights of my job is keeping in touch with the adoptive families after placement and receiving updated photos and videos of the children. 

We get to see quite a bit of our kiddos when they are babies in the hospital, little bundles all snuggly in thier stocking caps. 

 

Adoption Tax Credit

It’s coming.  We all feel it.  Once the year changes, you feel like you have a world of time, and then before you know it, it’s April 17th, Tax Day.

One important thing to remember this ominous weekend is to apply for your adoption tax credit if you finalized your adoption in 2017.

Hope Blooms in Purple

In college, I volunteered with a group that held kid’s clubs in the inner city.  We focused on one neighborhood in Clearwater. We would go into the neighborhood, pick up the kids, (with the permission of their parents) and walk them across the street to a field to play games, sing songs, and such.

The neighborhood was old.  The buildings were fairly run down and the whole of it was tan and dingy. The street of the neighborhood made sort of a “U” shape arrangement. And at the bottom of that “U” was a tree.

Make it a Spring Break to Remember

As Spring Break is peaking around the corner I started to think about what my plans would be. Typically- I work.  Although my son and I are super close, he is still a teenager and the last thing he wants to do is hang out with his mom for a week.  It just isn’t the ‘cool’ thing to do.

The Sweet Time in Between

We love our kiddos.  All our kiddos.

But for all our preparation, for thought, and care, it is not for us to spend much time with them once they come.  If we do our job well, than the child should pass from the birth parents arms to the adoptive parents arms, (and a few nurses in-between).  As much as we would love to snuggle, giving both sides of the adoption triad as much time as possible is the goal.

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