Why a Blog?

The MARE website is the place where you’ll find the information you need. It’s a great resource for events, conferences, webinars, and, of course, the photolisting of waiting kids.

A blog, on the other hand, is a place to turn for the stories you want to hear. This blog, in particular, will be a landing spot for families to share their experiences with foster care adoption and for readers to empathize, commiserate, relate to, and see ourselves in the stories of others.

The heart of this blog will be the stories, so please send them in! We are looking for all kinds: how you decided to adopt, how you met your kids, the waiting, the matching, the building of your family, what you thought it would be like and what it’s really been like. We’re interested in hearing what issues have surfaced for your family: race, religion, culture, birth family (yours and theirs), learning challenges and successes, educating others about adoption, trauma, and your kids.

Email me at dianet@mareinc.org with your ideas and we’ll work together to get your story out there. I look forward to creating this blog with all of you.

3 thoughts on “Why a Blog?

  1. This is a FANTASTIC idea!! Can’t wait to share some of our stories and read about other families. I think this is such s great way for parents to feel connected to other parents that can really understand what their experiencing. I was adopted myself. My husband and I adopted through DCF 6 years ago and are currently fostering to adopt a sibling group of 3. Making a grand total of 7 children aging from 23 to 4. I know there have been times that I have felt isolated and unable to discuss certain situations with friends or family because they wouldn’t understand. I really could have used a blog site like this one. Again, fantastic idea and can’t wait to watch it blossom.

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  2. I never get tired to talking about all the unique experiences both good and bad we went through adopting our kids. although, as the years go by, even the bad starts to take on a nostalgic, comfortable lustre.

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  3. We’ll be especially interested to hear from families who’ve found ways to explain the legalities of the foster-to-adopt process to very young children. What words do you use to explain trials that go on for years, appeals processes that go on even longer and “the judge” that mythical figure they never get to meet or talk to for themselves but who decides everything about their lives? How do you explain why they have to wait so long (we are up to year 5.5) to get an answer about the adoption they (and we) dream about?

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