HomeAdoption and Foster Care

Adoption and Foster Care

Foster care and adoption services

A Place To Call Home 1830 S Alma School Rd #122, Mesa 480-456-0549 1200 N El Dorado Pl, Bldg C, #300, Tucson 520-318-9906 • tocallhome.com A foster care and...

An Ethiopian adoption story

Brian and Keri deGuzman clasped hands as they walked down the narrow, dark hallway of a small but carefully kept foster home in Addis...

Ethiopia – the day of departure

We are off! And in the deGuzman's home, two cribs await.

Ethiopia – the talismans of travel

Today I am packing and repacking, thinking and rethinking the decisions about what I should take to Ethiopia. I am grateful for the short list...

Ethiopia – I gotcha!

I was running errands yesterday afternoon when Keri deGuzman called to invite me to her daughter Jesmina's "I gotcha!" party. "Every year, on the anniversary...

Ethiopia – what not to wear?

Even for a trip to a third-world country I need a fashion consult. In many ways, I'm more concerned about what I should wear...

Ethiopia – preparing my head and heart

Whenever I tell someone I'm going to Ethiopia, they say, "You must be so excited!" And of course I am. But there is something else...

Ethiopia: Time to book our flight!

It wasn't quite 6:30am. I was sitting on my living room couch, as I often do in the morning, writing a new blog post...

Ethiopia: a tentative timetable for travel

When I woke from a deep sleep in the murky pre-dawn hours, I remembered a dream. In my dream, I had two weeks left to...

Flooding forces a confrontation with fear

My sister-in-law Sally has been following my blog posts on the flood that forced us to evacuate our offices June 2. Sally is a professional...

THE BABIES! And I don’t mean the movie…

I was sitting in a wi-fi cafe in a Seattle grocery store during a visit to see my brother when the call came. It...

Starting to bond, from 9,000 miles away

I can't show you the full pictures. I wish I could, because the faces are achingly sweet and enchanting. But until a certain little boy...

Ethiopia: It’s time to start believing

For months I've been telling people that I'm going to Ethiopia. In some small part of my mind I wasn't sure I really believed...

Ethiopia: more delays and waiting

I don't know how they stand the waiting. I'm impatient and I'm just going along for the ride. Brian and Keri deGuzman of Paradise Valley...

Ethiopia: the babies await

Every night before they go to bed, Jesmina and Musse deGuzman say prayers for their new little brother and sister. Jesmina, who is 3, asks...

The stories behind three remarkable moms

This web-exclusive article supplements our May 2009 print feature story, "Oh, Mama!" in which we published the essays of the winning cover mom and...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...