“Once they knew that I believed in them, they started believing in themselves and that’s when everything began to change. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it.” – Anonymous, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Anonymous Family #2

“It’s not the things you buy or the way your house looks, it’s the experience of being in a family and feeling loved that the children enjoy most.” – Anonymous, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Anonymous Family

“The life they once knew is no longer theirs. We struggled with the acceptance of joy when they knew their other family was left behind.” – Amanda D., Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Duncan Family

“Hosting is temporary with a beginning and an end. Adoption is forever and it takes time for everyone in the family to adjust.” – Susan H, Host/Adoptive Parent

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Host/Adoption Q&A Series: Hurt Family

Sometimes when we are doing our research, we come across information that just needs to be shared exactly the way it was written. This blog is a good example of that!AmericanAdoptions.com wrote a great post on 10 Things People Never Tell You About Adoption. Please take a moment to read through this information if you

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10 Things People Never Tell You About Adoption

The Flentje Family Finds Hope & Love Through Adoption of 13-Year-Old Daughter EllieWe have often discussed how the horse show world is smaller than one may think, and we are all bound together by our mutual love for the sport and the animals. Through this bond with our trainers, friends, and competitors, we have all

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Finding Hope & Love Through Adoption

One of the biggest questions I get about my adoption journey is, “What did you do about school?” We began our journey to figure out where she was academically and what gaps needed to be filled to allow her to continue moving forward began immediately.

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Schooling Our Newly Adopted Teen

“It’s a lot easier trying not to break the bowl than to put one back together again” Lindsey H.I had a conversation with one of my most dear friends.  We have both adopted teenagers and watched many around us who have done the same.  I was commenting on the disconnect sometimes that families can feel

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The Broken Bowl

One of these kids got a 96% on her first college essay.  The other made it all possible.Ages 14 & 17   I met my sister Nadia through hosting in 2014. In 2018, at age 14, I was given a writing assignment and wrote the following paper. This is my story. “We learned that orphans

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A Sibling’s Perspective

Earlier this week, I wrote about our failed adoption.   13 months into our hosting and adoption journey, in a single phone call, everything had fallen apart and our journey came to a halt in a very reticent manner.  Nadia was quiet, we didn’t know what our next steps would be – or should be.

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Second Chances