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Our Story Begins: how we began as foster parents in Florida

February 7, 2012

Six years ago Ryan and I met. I had just moved back to the United States from spending several years overseas in a school which unfortunately closed. I moved to Florida not knowing what I wanted, all I knew was I wanted a change. Little did I know that on August 6, 2005 I met the person who six years later to the date I would marry and begin my family with.

Fast forward five years later. October 2010 the adoption ban in Florida prohibiting same sex couples from adopting was officially over. Ryan and I would not have to hide who we were to adopt. Now comes the question how do we go about to do it. The obvious decision to us was to go and interview foster agencies in the Fort Lauderdale area.

After many weeks of calling and asking around we found our fit. Kids in Distress (kids) foster agency in Wilton Mannors Florida here we come. Trying to hold back my excitement I called and got a list of their foster parent class orientations, and we began our lives as future foster parents January 2011. Little did we know not only were we getting an extended family of support through this agency. Our foster director Tiffani laid out the good bad and ugly of fostering. It was made very clear she only licenses a few of us in this orientation. We started as a group of 35 at graduation 10 weeks later there was 12 left. We were the ones who made it through and had what it takes to be a kids foster parent. That one call in October changed our lives for the better in ways we could not know till 7 months later when were licensed foster parents and got the call. We were parents.


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© David Z. Pfeffer 2012

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  1. Ryan and Dave, I’m so happy for you! When do you get your first foster child?

  2. Oh my God it’s so wonderful you have a foster child. I’m so happy for you both.

  3. Kristina permalink

    Love it!!!

    • Thank you everyone for the feedback. I enjoy writing about this topic, as it is near and dear to my heart, and find pleasure in knowing everyone who is following our story can be part of it in their own way.

  4. Keisha King permalink

    I’m so happy for you & ryan! U deserve nothing happiness, which you’ve clearly found! Can’t wait to hear more stories! Good luck with everything!

  5. Daniela Barnett permalink

    Absolutely awesome! Smooth writing that brings you into the story. I feel like I am right there with you experiencing your emotions! Bravo! Well done! Thank you for letting us share in your journey xoxoxo

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