An Unconventional Family Tree

Eight years ago, Amanda and her 5-year-old foster son, Angel, sat on chairs in the sterile hallway of a DCF office, waiting to visit with Angel’s biological mom. As she arrived, Amanda said to Angel, “Let’s say hi to your mom.” Amanda had no idea how that first hello would ultimately impact all their lives.…

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A Letter To My (foster) Baby

To My Sweet Little Boy, The world got a little brighter sixteen months ago today. Because that was the day you were born. When I brought you home from the hospital at eight days old, I prepared for your quick departure. “Short term,” they said. I planned to love you for a couple of weeks,…

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