Tuesday, May 3, 2011

"Foster Friday" Panel

Over the past 2 1/2 years since I began navigating my way through Foster/Adopt Land, I've been very blessed to have developed a fantastic support system of family, friends, and fellow foster parents.  For me, the support and encouragement that I've received from my online foster parent friends has been invaluable!  There's just something about being able to share in the lives of other people who are going through (or who have gone through) the same things you are that offers a sense of "normalcy" and calm to an otherwise crazy life.

Last week was the two-year anniversary of my first placement, and I've been thinking a lot about how much I have learned over these past two years.  I'm also reminded daily about how much I still have to learn about this crazy world that is Foster/Adopt Land! 
So I started thinking...

I would like to start a blog segment called "Foster Friday."

It would be a panel of foster/adopt parents (current, former, just beginning) posting on different foster/adopt topics every other Friday...  I know it is always helpful and interesting for me to see other parents' experiences and opinions on different topics, and I'm sure it would be an eye-opener for others as well. 

I would email everyone with the topic of the week two weeks ahead of time so parents would have plenty of time to send in their posts.  I'll probably also send a list of topics that I plan to use at a later date just so they'd have a heads' up.  My hope is that the "Foster Friday" panel can be another support system for other foster/adopt parents and help answer some questions that newcomers or others considering fostering might have.

Here's where you come in!  If you are a current or former foster/adoptive parent and would like to be a member of the "Foster Friday" panel (or if you know of someone who might be interested) please let me know!  Just comment here or email me at the email address in my profile.  My hope is to get a dozen or so parents so there is no pressure to submit on every topic.

I know that I love sharing stories about my fostering experiences, and I hope that my online foster mama buddies wouldn't mind taking a little time to share their experiences on "Foster Friday" with me!

7 comments:

Tammy (aka. "Mimi") said...

I would also like to include foster FAMILY MEMBERS as well (ex. grandparents, siblings, etc.) I think that would offer a different perspective and would be helpful for a lot of people. If you are a foster family member and would like to be included on the panel, please contact me as well!

Nana said...

Count me in.

Diane said...

I'm willing. Visit me at http://anotherchildtolove.blogspot.com/

Penelope said...

Count me in! Thanks for the invite.

Endless Love ~ Amazing Grace said...

Count me in too!! Great idea :)

MamaFoster said...

U know i love to tell everyone what i think about all of this.... :)

Learning To Abandon said...

Thanks for the invite...I'm so excited to be a part of this panel!

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