Late!

Love my girls!

This is what happens when you are a procrastinating adoptive parent and neglect to complete your post-placement reports.  The day comes when they can be ignored no longer and then all other work is set aside and writing commences.  And it isn’t the fun kind of writing either.  It’s the, “I wonder what they really want to hear?” kind of writing.

The good news is that once I’m done (and I’ve picked kids up from school and piano lessons), I get 45 min. alone in the car on the way to Costco where I will meet my dear friend and chat while we shop.  I’m tired right now, so it doesn’t sound fun, but I’m sure I’ll be revived once I’m on my way.

Tomorrow we have a bunch of little girls coming over to play; making cupcakes is on the agenda.

If you have late post-placement reports hanging over you, get them done along with me.  It will feel good to have them off our perpetual “To-Do” lists!

Next week I hope to have a giveaway of an Empowered to Connect DVD.  Stay tuned and have a fantastic weekend!

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

8 Comments

  1. Cindy
    February 4, 2011

    I have 3 to do…all late. You just inspired me to get working on them. 🙂

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  2. carla
    February 5, 2011

    Mine were due in December and I waited until the last second…definitely a relief to get them done and out of the way. Next year I'm going to try to get them done early. haha I don't know about your agency, but ours now requires 4 (original) copies for each child, so for us that meant I had to print out 32 pictures. I wasn't too happy about this, but ended up complying, at least for this year. I hope they change this and also that we have to do this until they are 18.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 5, 2011

      Carla, I have to confess, one of our agencies has made it as simple as possible. We can submit our reports and photos via email. We used to submit hard copies. Our second agency wants notarized hard copies, and no original photos, only pages of labeled color copies. In my opinion, if agencies want families to comply with submitting annual reports until their children are 18, they need to make it as easy to accomplish as possible. I hope your agency comes around to an easier solution for families.

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  3. kristen
    February 5, 2011

    i just wrote mine yesterday and thought about Julie Hehn. Can you imagine writing 27 post placement reports? NO idea how she does it-or you, for that matter. Happy writing & shopping,

    kristen

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 5, 2011

      I managed to get all four done — I can only imagine having to do a dozen or more. Fortunately, you only do them until the child turns 18.

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  4. Penelope
    February 5, 2011

    I don't have to do those reports. However, we do have to write an update letter and send photos once a year. I have ordered the photos already. But haven't even started the letter.

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  5. Jamey
    February 5, 2011

    I'm late on mine too. The hardcopy pictures slowed me up for our 3 month one because we have the report, but I didn't have all the pictures and still don't know what I'm supposed to be doing with them, and now we're late on both for our six months. Whoops!!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      February 5, 2011

      I was frustrated because I managed to get the pictures printed, but our agency wouldn't let me send them! I had to tape them to a piece of paper, label them, and then make multiple color copies of each page. Honestly, the process needs to be simplified.

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