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Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Trump administration seeks to provide federal funding to faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine

Life After The NICU

When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety and fear. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a scary place. The tiniest of humans in…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine

The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag

All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In the chaos of Levon's unexpected birth, we forgot to pack our camera. Perhaps it's unfair to blame…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine

The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved

Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from decorating a nursery or buying baby gear until after the baby is born. Adoption timelines vary, and…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents

The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair can vary depending on personal preference from finger detangling, wide tooth combs, Denman brushes, and Tangle Teezers.…
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Jack White Halloween Costume, Raise Magazine

Shop Levon’s Jack White Halloween Costume

While the rest of the Instagram has moved on to matching Christmas pajamas, at least 56,000 of you are still interested in this young man's Halloween costume. This post is for you.…
The Caser For Single Parenting, Raise Magazine

The Case For Single Parenting

If you are someone out there who wants to be a mother, but don’t, at this very moment, have the partner that you want, I would emphatically say, Don’t let it stop…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. The Realities of Drug Exposure in Utero. I’ve Fostered 20 Children Through The Opioid Crisis.…
The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice on how best to offer support to NICU parents. The worst question you can ask a NICU…
A Love Letter From Your Child's Teacher, Raise Magazine

A Love Letter From Your Child’s Teacher

Teaching is the greatest profession because we can be a family to many. We love many. I often close my emails to parents with the word “love” and then my name because…

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