adoption in America

Some students in the USC Master’s of Social Work program created this infographic. It’s quite informative! And beautifully done. They mention adoption caseworkers at the bottom — that’s my job! (Also, note: They misuse “orphan,” in my opinion. An orphan is traditionally defined as a child who has lost one or both parents. Many kids in… Continue reading adoption in America

a teenage girl and “forever family”

I was strangely nervous all morning, waiting for noon when I would drive 45 minutes to pick up a teenage girl on my caseload to drive another 45 minutes to the train station. Teenagers freak me out a little bit, and even though I now work as an adoption specialist in the foster care system,… Continue reading a teenage girl and “forever family”

working, working

It’s weird to think I’ve already (almost) been at my job for a month. Where does time go, people? Overall, it’s been really great. I showed up and quickly figured out that the cases I’d be in charge of weren’t just foster families but foster families adopting their foster kids. I had originally looked for this kind… Continue reading working, working

I got a job!

Last might, my husband and I went out for pizza and a celebratory s’mores milkshake at one of our favorite places because we had reason for joy and celebration… I have a job! In about two weeks, I’ll begin training for a position that allows me to recruit, train, and license foster parents! I was… Continue reading I got a job!

foster care + attachment

“The most common response to the news that you foster parent is ‘I couldn’t do that, I’d get too attached.’ The answer to that is that in fact, that’s the job — kids need attachments, they need love and care, they need you to get attached to them, and help them attach to you. There’s… Continue reading foster care + attachment