Debbie has spent decades working with traumatized children, serving as a social worker, group home parent, criminal prosecutor, volunteer and Board member, attorney defending youth-serving organizations, foster parent, step-parent, and grandparent raising a grandchild.

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day, whether you are with your family or still looking forward to a later celebration. Reflecting on the challenges of complex blended and foster families reminded me of a quote from my favorite author...

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Should We Get Presents for Our Kids' Biological Parents?
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Should We Get Presents for Our Kids' Biological Parents?

As we look past Thanksgiving toward Christmas, we’ll face one controversy that crops up every holiday season, i.e., what to do about kids’ presents to their biological parents. As a foster parent, I never questioned that I needed to help my children strengthen whatever relationship they had with...

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Author: Raising Other People’s Children

Debbie’s new book explains the principles she learned about parenting children who came into her life after suffering abuse, neglect, or the loss of divorce.

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Speaker: Taking Care of Other People’s Children™

Debbie is a dynamic and engaging speaker, who can speak about difficult topics involved in caring for children with humor, compassion, and authority.

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Attorney: Protecting Other People’s Children™

Debbie’s experiences as a social worker, foster parent, and criminal prosecutor have given her unique insights into her legal practice defending youth-serving organizations and advising them about best practices for protecting the children in their care.

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