Amanda Kitchens

Joy AND Grief

Today is the first day of summer. My favorite season!! I feel renewed and strengthened by the sun, and so look forward to the lengthening of daylight as we march toward this summer solstice. I anticipate it. I get excited about it. And then it… Read More »Joy AND Grief

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Foster Siblings

“Being a foster sibling comes with more than just being an ordinary sibling. You are welcoming a human who you have no relation to. You want to welcome them with open arms but you are constantly wondering how they feel or what they have been through… Read More »Foster Siblings

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See Me

“See Me.” (published with permission by the youth) See ME. Look at ME. See my curls, my freckles, my beautiful, blue, questioning eyes. Look past the straight face, wary glances, backwards hugs and flinches. See me. Shoulders forward, head down. See that I don’t want… Read More »See Me

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Foster Care looks like…

Foster care. It looks different than people think or imagine. It is different ages, different stages, different stories, different caregivers, different endings. It is babies, toddlers, elementary aged, teenagers, and young adults. It is cousins, siblings, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles and friends. It is social… Read More »Foster Care looks like…

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The Hard Question

I knew I wanted to post about #SuicidePrevention and awareness today, but didn’t realize how it would come about. I had some infographics in my notes to share. I had some statistics. Yet the day moved along with still no post. Then Dominique and I… Read More »The Hard Question

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Wellness Wednesday

(*We use self-care and intentional well-being to mean the same thing) It is Wednesday…so this post will be about intentionally taking care of YOURself. YOU. Why do we make this a recurring theme? If you attend any Resource Family Training, you will hear it there… Read More »Wellness Wednesday

Ambiguous Grief…

Published by Dominique Soileau  · January 15  ·  Ambiguous grief has laid its heavy cloud on my household this week. For those who are not familiar with the term, ambiguous grief is the loss of someone who is alive yet unreachable and is a very familiar emotion with those in… Read More »Ambiguous Grief…

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My Taki Girl

Published by Dominique Soileau  · June 2, 2020  ·  During this current uncertainty, pain and general suffering of so many around us, I want to take a moment to congratulate this amazing miss. The past 19 years of raising you has taught me about healing families, both those formed by blood,… Read More »My Taki Girl