How Horseback Riding Transformed My Child

From a very early age, my parents instilled in me a sense of respect and compassion for the animal world which I have carried into my adult life and tried to nurture in my own children. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have cats purring at my feet or dogs greeting me at the door at the end of each day. My love of animals has enriched my life in immeasurable ways, so when my then nine year old daughter announced that she wanted to start taking horseback riding lessons, I enthusiastically supported her interest. Secretly, however, I worried about the financial investment (horseback riding is not cheap), her level of commitment (her track record in the extra-curricular activity department was less than stellar), and most importantly, whether or not she would be safe.

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Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is due to be released in theaters this Thursday, May 26.  In this second installment of the Kung Fu Panda Series, Po is living a peaceful new life as The Dragon Warrior when his idyllic world is threatened by a villain named Lord Shen, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to take over China and destroy Kung Fu. With his friends and fellow Kung Fu Masters, The Furious Five (Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey) by his side, Po must face and destroy the evil villain. In order to save China, Po embarks on a journey to find his biological father and discovers along the way what makes a family “real”.

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Work of Heart – Foster Care Respite Program

Did you know that foster parents in DC have to provide twenty four hour care to children in foster care?  Only another foster parent can provide care to foster children and when care is provided, the primary foster parent has to pay the respite foster parents for services.

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National Foster Care Month – Teens in Foster Care Need Adoptive Families

After one year in the foster care system, a child’s probability of being adopted drops by 50%, and continues to steadily drop the longer a child waits. Teens in foster care have a very high risk of aging out of foster care without ever having the opportunity to be adopted. This means that they will never have that sense of belonging within a family that every young person deserves to have. They may never have anyone to go to with a problem, in a crisis, or with whom to celebrate a holiday or their birthday.

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An AdoptionWorks Story

In the AdoptionWorks program, the very first meeting between an older child in foster care and their prospective adoptive parents is both very exciting as well as highly anxiety producing for the child as well as the adults! We love when there is a positive story to share and just had to share this one with you.

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