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Mental Health and the Olathe Police Department

I want this post to be a positive post. I want to take a moment and celebrate progress where progress is being made. When we were in the last days of working with Emma for her survival we were introduced Kimberly, the Olathe Police Department's Mental Health...

Suicide Statistics for the City of Olathe, Kansas

Before I begin this post I would like to extend my condolences to the family of a twelve year old Olathe boy who passed by suicide this past week. Folks, this is epidemic. Here are some Olathe Police statistics* regarding mental health and suicide I would like to...

Blame is Not the Answer

Many of you have watched the story KCTV5 is following regarding mental health care in Kansas and Missouri that features Marie and myself telling Emma's story as best we can. We appreciated Joe Chiodo's efforts with us and his desire to seek answers. Yet, I do want to...
What is Family?

What is Family?

My son had a son.  How awesome is that?  Shortly after that occurrence a well meaning acquaintance asked me if it was any different having a “real” grandchild.  Let me back up.  My second son, Brandon, is the biological half-brother of Emma.  We adopted...

Adoption, Family and Joy

Adoption, Family and Joy

Make no mistake; kids change our lives. And then there is the added bonus of the joy of adoption. In our modern America family means something so much different than the black and white 1950's. Allow me to share... My son, Brandon, and his girlfriend Jenna are...

Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When Marie and I first talked about adopting a child out of the foster care system it never occurred to either of us, well me for sure, that we'd be taking part in a special needs adoption. I'd like to you to consider, for the sake of argument, that almost any...

In Emma’s Words

Emma believed everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.  Sure, some have a few glitches and yet everyone deserves to smile. 

Don’t take our word for it.  Give Emma a listen.

Grief Morphs and Changes

Grief Morphs and Changes

To my surprise, both my wife and I reacted unexpectedly this past Saturday when we dropped off Piper to Camp Barnabas. You see, Piper is a counselor this week with Camp Barnabas. And she has been there for both Sibling Week and more than a few times to drop off and...

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Dr. Bruce Ewing, formerly of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, OK and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, was my first spiritual leader that I remember talking about, teaching about and living Eternal Perspective. Oh, I'm sure others probably touched on the...

Emmaisms: Singing to Emma

Emmaisms: Singing to Emma

When we first started fostering Emma and Brandon, on the road to full adoption, I discovered something quite by accident that first week of full time custody; Emma responds to music...and a tight hug.* Age wise Emma was 5. Emotionally and developmentally Emma was more...

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We do not guarantee every submission will be included. Since we do want to turn this website into a community of advocacy for Special Needs, Adoption and Mental Health we are currently looking for contributing authors…and we’d love to hear from you.