Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | May 3, 2013


Well, you aren’t going to like me, but I am giving you all homework for this weekend! Yep… you heard me… homework! It will only take you 5-10 minutes and you can complete it right now. Go to the link at the bottom of this post, and read the article “Girl On Fire” from Adoptive Families magazine.

Over my years working in the adoption field, one thing that I have come to realize is that sometimes adoptive parenting breaks every logical parenting rule. Children who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected, abused, or traumatized require unique parenting techniques. Friends and family might question you; people in public might give you odd looks; fellow church family might question or feel the need to give you advice. But when it comes down to it, your child needs you to reach them and help them heal from their past, and that might happen through some very unconventional means.

The story that I am going to have you read gives a personal narrative of one mother who made a decision that many parents would strongly disagree with. I am sure that she received some criticism from others about her parenting, and maybe even questioned her own logic at times. But her devotion to help her adopted daughter is admirable, and shows the unique approach that adoptive parents often have to take in helping their adopted children. I hope that you enjoy, and I hope that you  all have a great weekend!



  1. Awesome article!

  2. I love this article! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  3. Really enlightening and inspiring story – thankyou Maria for sharing!

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