Author Archives: Kristin Phoenix

About Kristin Phoenix

daughter turned teacher turned social worker turned wife turned foster parent turned mom When people who don’t know our family story find out that we fostered and adopted the girls, we generally get one of two reactions…”I would have never known. They look just like you!” or “Oh, how beautiful.” Both of these things are 100% true – on the surface. The picture perfect, shiny, pretty surface. But, just below the surface is a whole lot of mess and brokenness. Our girls endured things that I never even read about in my textbooks. Our family endured things that go completely against the 3 philosophies of safety, permanency, and well-being that the child welfare system is in place to protect. When we have the chance to share a little bit more, the response always goes something like “but…how?!…and why?!” I believe in dreaming big. Part of my dream is a child welfare and healthcare system that would have prevented unnecessary trauma for my girls, my family, and our community. The other part is one of redemption and recovery for everyone involved in our story – which is everyone. I now believe part of why our family endured what we did is so that people would hear our story and ask the hard questions of how and why. With sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and adoption, we never truly know until we find ourselves in a position of not knowing. Because of the nature of our case, I often found myself in a position of not being able to really answer the hows and whys. I reached a point where staying silent was the only option. Now that our adoptions are finalized, it is time for me to break the silence. This blog is me daring to run after my dreams – even when I find myself out of breath (which is mostly every. single. day.) It is stories of how the collective we have lived up to the Phoenix name and are rising from the ashes to burn bright! I also currently write and edit for Social Justice Solutions

We NEED You NOW

Stories of hope and healing, like ours shared below, made possible by The Tree House of Montgomery County are at risk and we need your help.  Here’s the low down – The Tree House has been operating as a public-private … Continue reading

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Dear Caring Ones: Happy Social Work Month

It’s the first day of March which means Social Work Month 2017 has kicked off. If you are a social worker, thank you for all you are and all you do. Thank you for being part of a profession that has and … Continue reading

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Personal Love: We can Always Come Back to This

It has been just over a year since Gramps made his way home. On February 17, 2016, Heaven gained an awesome man. Our family lost an incredible son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  The community lost a true friend … Continue reading

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I am. You are. And, Together, We are GREAT!

My good friend, Jenn, and I were talking last night about to-do and to-be lists. We all have them. And for most of us, they are never-ending…. How many of us have a list of our accomplishments or why we … Continue reading

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Hope, Healing, and A Chance for YOU to Make a Difference

Today is the 6 year anniversary of when the journey of being saved began for our girls!! On April 6th, 2010, they and their 2 younger siblings were removed by our dear friend and one heck of a social worker, … Continue reading

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Personal Love: We Can Always Come Back to This

It has been just over a year since Gramps made his way home. On February 17, 2016, Heaven gained an awesome man. Our family lost an incredible son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  The community lost a true friend … Continue reading

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Where I wanted to go

Originally written February 7, 2016 Yesterday I wrote and published Where I need to be. It is the first thing I’ve written that I didn’t go back and edit. I only re-read it once. If you’re a writer at heart … Continue reading

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Where I need to be

   This is my daily inspirational quote from this morning. I fell in love with it at first sight and have been tossing it around with my mind, heart, and God ever since. Noticing and appreciating how when I actively … Continue reading

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I’m Back

Maybe you didn’t even realize I was gone! But, some of you noticed I haven’t written for awhile and that my blog was marked private. Due to some contact from the girls’ biological family, I took a break. As a … Continue reading

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It is today. It is not yesterday. 

Savanna’s 9th birthday was at the beginning of August. She had been counting down the days, weeks, and months since May…so we were all anticipating it and excited for the day to finally be upon us. A couple of days … Continue reading

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