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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…

CASEWORKER ABOUT TOWN: LOCAL ART

CASEWORKER ABOUT TOWN: LOCAL ART

We’ve mentioned before that, as we travel for the sake of adoption, we come across many different whimsical creatures in the form of local art. Different counties of Florida have claimed animal mascots. Jacksonville has manatees and Clearwater has dolphins.  We have already introduced you to the Pelicans of Lee county and a gecko in Bradenton.   While traveling in…

FUN AND EMBARRASSING SELFIES IN MANATEE COUNTY

FUN AND EMBARRASSING SELFIES IN MANATEE COUNTY

Gift of Life occasionally gets the opportunity to speak to groups in the community about the adoption process and adoption law.  This is what I did last Tuesday for the Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County at the lovely Manatee Memorial Hospital. We always love presenting to Healthy Start, because they are familiar with our clientele and, therefore, fully understand…

BACK AND FORTH: A CASEWORKER’S STORY

BACK AND FORTH: A CASEWORKER’S STORY

When I took the job as an adoption caseworker, I didn’t really understand the raw, emotional nature of adoption.  I didn’t know then that I would witness the best and worst emotional moments in people’s lives.  Or that I’d have to deal with how those best and worst moments often occurred at the same time. In one room I would…

WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION IN THE WORLD OF ADOPTION?

WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION IN THE WORLD OF ADOPTION?

Not all parents, that are working a case plan with the state, know that they have the option to choose private adoption. According to Florida law, a parent may place a child for adoption with a private adoption agency even if the child is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile dependency court and in foster care, and as long as…

HOSPITAL ART SHOW LEE COUNTY

HOSPITAL ART SHOW LEE COUNTY

In several Florida communities you can find fantastically decorated animal statues.  Different counties have claimed an animal as a mascot of sorts and turned them into beautiful statues painted by local artist. We stumble upon these whimsical creatures in our travels all around the state.  They are found in many prominent areas in those counties and at most of the…

ADOPTION IS NEVER “GIVING UP”

ADOPTION IS NEVER “GIVING UP”

Having adopted children myself and being in the adoption field for so many years, I have often come across people who have asked me how a mother could “give up her child” for adoption. I always cringe a little when I hear those words. I think it is all the things associated with the word “giving up”.  The technical definition…

TWINSTERS: A REVIEW

TWINSTERS: A REVIEW

Twinsters is a touching and truly amazing documentary about adoption. This is a raw story that will tug at your heartstrings, and make you think about what it means to be family. In February 2013, Anaïs, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their…