Friday, January 15, 2010

You Rock/You Rule - 4

Yup! Its that time again! I got a little backed up over the holidays - but there were no shortage of great blog posts!

First up is Dawn from This Woman's Work, who is pretty much one endless awesome blog post! But this one really struck a cord with me: Living with Regrets, is about the fears of some adoptive parents that their child's first mother may one day regret their decision. And Dawn readily admits, that if she had to do it all over again, she might do it differently. But most importantly, she makes a wonderful point about how to live in the "here and now" - even if it isn't perfect.

Sarah tells it like it is! And this post tells about a moment that every good social worker should have, a moment where we see ourselves in some of the most frustrating of our clients. Its a humbling experience!

In child welfare, it is all too common for children to be classified as "unadoptable" once they reach a certain age. Well, this story once again proved that there is no such thing as "too old" to find a forever family - and as a huge believer in "family of choice", I loved this story!

Sometimes something that seems so small - can be huge in the eyes of a child. I'm not sure if I talked about it much when I told "Zari's Story" but she struggled for a long time with the fact that the age (and birthdate) listed on her US birth certificate were not correct. She believed herself to be at least 2 years older than stated on that piece of paper. Many, many adults brushed it off and figured "it is what it is" and that she would get over it. She never has and is in the process of trying to get it legally changed. So, I was thrilled to see that these parents have gone the extra mile to find out the truth for their 6, but soon to be 8 year old daughter. A couple years may not seem like a big deal, but they are!

Last but not least - this one is for all my Social Worker/Helping Professionals out there! Courtesy of Sarah at "hi how are you?" is this little PSA: WE CAN GET SOME OF OUR STUDENT LOANS FORGIVEN!!!! Now, who doesn't want to learn more about that??

Well done all, well done!

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