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June 14, 2019

Hey, y'all!  I hope all is well with you.  It's been a while since my last Foster Friday post.  To be honest, we had an empty nest from December to May so I didn't have much to chat about.  After our first placement was reunified with their parents, we took some time o...

May 10, 2019

It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone contemplates starting a family at one time or another. It is our natural inclination, after all. Even those who are dead set against the idea and wish to be alone forever have thought about what it would be like to have one of...

May 9, 2019

Nowadays it is very difficult to spend quality time with everyone in your family. Whether you are busy with work or your kids are buried beneath a mound of homework, it is always nice to find a hobby that makes everybody happy. You are always looking for family friendl...

February 8, 2019

             Hey, y’all!  I’m sure we’re all familiar with the old adage, “Don't judge a book by its cover.”  Parents and teachers often use this idiom to teach their children to not jump to conclusions and to get to know someone befo...

January 25, 2019

Hey, y'all!  Happy Friday!!  I hope that you have had a marvelous week.  It's been about a month since my last Foster Friday update so I thought I'd fill you in on the latest.  As you may know, we recently purchased a home.  We waited until our placements wer...

August 3, 2018

Visitation can be an emotionally charged time for your foster child.  Try these 5 techniques to help your foster child manage their emotions.

Hey, y'all!  We are about 2 1/2 weeks into our Foster Care journey after a 3-year-old boy and a 2-month-old baby girl were place...

July 20, 2018

Receiving a Placement call can be nerve wrecking.  You'r brain will be going a mile a minute and anxiety is sure to set in- make sure you're ready by having these questions on hand!

Hey, y'all!  Happy Foster Friday!  I think it is safe to say a lot has changed since our...

July 13, 2018

Hey, y'all!  Woo hoo!  You made it to the end of the week.  Give a round of applause for FRIDAY!  Friday's here at Maps & Monograms are dedicated to Foster Friday, a series focused on our journey as foster parents.  Over the last few weeks I've shared with yo...

June 29, 2018

What do you say to someone you've never met when you've just been entrusted in the care of their child?  Check out our letter to the biological parent(s) of our future foster child.

Hey, y'all!  Happy Friday!  Friday's here on the blog mean one thing- it's time to talk...

June 8, 2018

Getting ready for foster children is quite the process!  Here are 5 things we've done to get ourselves ready for our first placement(s).

Hey, y'all!  Guess what? We're graduating from our Foster Parenting classes tomorrow!  I am so excited!  We should have our licensing...

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