Before I start pointing you all in the direction of the many awesome blogs I read this week, let me just say that I am truly astonished at the people who have commented on some of my last posts to say that they were not given information or connected with their foster/adoptive children's birth parents. I know that in the world of domestic and international adoption this is commonplace. But in MY experience in working in foster care, this is thankfully not usually the case. I'm working on a blog post about it - but am really still so shocked that I'm having trouble putting it on paper. If you have adopted from foster care (or are currently fostering) could you be so kind as to comment (or email me!) and tell me YOUR experiences? Have you had contact with the child's parents or other family members? If rights were already terminated when the childre were placed with you, were you given names, information, etc? I'd really appreciate it!
I'm proud to share my profession with some amazing people, and I'm especially interested when I get to hear about different branches of social work. Such is the case whenever I read LeighSW's blog. She is a hospice social worker - that makes her all kinds of awesome right off the bat! But one of her blog posts last week really inspired me - she took one of her clients to Africa! Ok, maybe not quite - but I'm pretty sure it was just as amazing. What a fabulous example of thinking outside the box in order to support her client!
Next is a blog about a "Foster Home" in China that works especially with children with medical special needs. I really think the work they do there is amazing - and you can even follow some of the children's journeys to their "forever families" after their adopted by looking through their collection of "extended family" links! What a great way to continue to show support to these children after they've left the home. Specifically though, there was a post last week about a person who is very special to the children at the New Day Foster Home - he's called "Nie Nie Donnie" (which means Grampa Donnie). I love that you can make a difference in people's lives from across the globe - what a cool world we live in right now!
Here is a new blog that I just started following - have I mentioned I love new blogs? Melody is a therapist and sounds just about as introspective and reflective as me! She wrote a really cool post about the overlap between psychology and spirituality. I've been thinking about writing such a post for a while - but it is sometimes hard for me, as a Christian, to think about spirituality outside of my own religion. However, I will say that I have found a lot of wisdom and truth in various parts of other religions - especially the Buddhist practice of being "mindful". So, until I can get my thoughts straight enough to write my own post - check out This is Me to see how we can use both psychology and spirituality to heal our past hurts and live our lives more fully!
Speaking of spirituality - if you haven't read the "Stuff Christians Like" blog, you really should. Most of the time its full of humorous posts about the cliched things that we, as Christians, all do at times. But last week their was a more serious post about the 9 words that changed [the author's] life - and no doubt they were a wonderful blessing to me as well. Those 9 words are full of hope, blessings and forgiveness - go check them out and I hope that they will change your life too!