Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

One of the most difficult conversations we had to have with our family when we decided to foster was about reunification. They were worried for us, and rightly so. Foster care is inherently sad; we’re temporary parents to a child who has already been failed by their first set.

But the system often fails the parents as well. Being afraid of or angry at our foster daughter’s birth mom doesn’t serve anyone; not her and not us. That’s the hardest part. The easiest part is how sweet Daisy is, and the fact she’s already sleeping through the night.

I’m starting my journey as a foster parent. It’s the most important job I'll ever have.

It’s starting to feel real

I was self-conscious about my body. Then I joined a naked bike ride.

It helps me feel comfortable in my own skin