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WHAT TO EXPECT AT A HOSPITAL DISCHARGE

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A HOSPITAL DISCHARGE

Discharge day! There are many unique experiences that come with being an adoption caseworker. Although  some things can feel routine, bringing joy to parents who have waited months and sometimes years to start a family, that experience never gets old. As I arrive at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, I remember a Christmas Eve many years ago.  I remember the birth…

A NEW WOMAN’S HOSPITAL AND ONE GRAND EVENT

A NEW WOMAN’S HOSPITAL AND ONE GRAND EVENT

One of the many perks of my job is that I get to go out into the community and attend special events presented by hospitals, pregnancy centers, medical clinics, and other facilities we often come in contact with. The most recent event I and another staff member had the pleasure of attending was the grand opening of Florida Hospital for…

A HOMESTUDY: NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF

A HOMESTUDY: NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF

A few weeks ago I was able to complete a home study update for a family living in the Naples, Florida. It was a great time to catch up with the family and continue in their adoption education. Homestudy is a term we throw around all the time as it is a part of our daily activities.  But it occurs…

POST PLACEMENT VISIT: WHAT TO EXPECT

POST PLACEMENT VISIT: WHAT TO EXPECT

At Gift of Life Adoptions, one of our favorite things to do is the post placement visit. It takes us out of the office, on the road and we get to check-in with “our” babies after placement.  It is such a special time for us.  As we watch the adoptive parents lovingly dote over their new baby, we get to…

MEMORIES OF A GIFT OF LIFE CHRISTMAS

MEMORIES OF A GIFT OF LIFE CHRISTMAS

Gift of Life Adoptions has a few different ways of celebrating the Holidays. First, we covered the state.  Our staff doubled as elves and brought Christmas cheer to the nurse’s stations and hospital social workers all over the area we serve.  We have a great support system of social service professionals in our community.  They have helped us advocate and…

HOSPITAL MEMORIES: A CASEWORKER’S STORY

HOSPITAL MEMORIES: A CASEWORKER’S STORY

The link between locations and memories is a fairly universal concept.  We put monuments in spots where important things took place. Growing up in Virginia, I remember the chill I felt when I saw a play at the Ford Theater or when I visited the battlefields.  In biblical times, the children of Israel would place a pile of stones as…

HOLIDAY CHEER AND A HOSPITAL ART SHOW

HOLIDAY CHEER AND A HOSPITAL ART SHOW

During the Christmas season, Gift of Life likes to bring some Christmas cheer to the hospital staff and social workers that do so much to help us throughout the year. As we hand deliver these treats to nurses stations and offices, we get to see the hospitals all decked out for the season. Tampa General Hospital -Tampa, Florida. Tampa General…

ALL THAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR

ALL THAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR

Every Thanksgiving the Gift of Life staff gathers together, as an office family, to celebrate all that we are thankful for and also to share a delicious brunch.   The spread was impressive. It’s one of those things where everyone brings in a dish, and there is more food than our small office can possibly consume in one sitting. 🙂…

A GREAT DAY FOR MAKING FOREVER FAMILIES

A GREAT DAY FOR MAKING FOREVER FAMILIES

Last Friday, Meghan, Tim and I were able to volunteer at the 12th annual Adoption Day, at the Pinellas County Courthouse!  It was such a fun event to be a part of. Adoption Day always occurs in November, as it is National Adoption Awareness Month.  It was a wonderful day of celebrating adoption, and there were about 20 children whose…

HEARING FROM BIRTH MOM’S WAS THE BEST PART OF THE FAC

HEARING FROM BIRTH MOM’S WAS THE BEST PART OF THE FAC

This year three of our staff from Gift of Life had the pleasure of attending the annual Florida Adoption Council conference in beautiful, sunny Orlando. It was a great 2-day event that included distinguished speakers covering topics specific to our field.  It served as a perfect opportunity to reengage with adoption professionals that we’ve come to know and respect, as…