The Adoption Process – Part I – Orientation & MAPP Classes

How is the adoption going? Have you heard anything yet? Have you met the child you are going to adopt? How long does it take? So many people ask us these questions, so I thought it would be good to lay it all out here. This is not a quick and easy process; it takes a lot of time and a lot of work. Please keep in mind, also, that this process is actually quicker and easier for people who want to adopt older children, like us! This is an overview of the adoption process in our area, as we … Continue reading

Educational Holiday Vacation Destinations

Here’s a holiday gift any parent can appreciate: a membership to the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s the gift that keeps on giving in my opinion, and I can attest to its benefits first hand. My BFF gifted my young daughter with a family membership last Christmas and we’ve had a ball making the most of our visits. Most people would question gifting a young child a membership to such a serious “adult” art establishment, but you’d be surprised by how many child-centered exhibits the Art Institute houses. In addition to its awe-inspiring collections from masters, such as Monet, O’Keeffe, … Continue reading

Lessons Learned – MAPP Classes

A few days ago, I asked Tom what he thought I should write about for my next post, and he mentioned the MAPP classes. I almost immediately dismissed that idea. The MAPP class, or Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, if you’re unaware of what that is, is the second step in the quest to become a foster or adoptive parent. At least in the state of Florida it is. First there is an orientation, then MAPP. To me, it was just a class. I didn’t think there was much to write about. However, he seems pretty determined that I … Continue reading