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Relationships sustain us.

They also complicate our lives.

They can make us feel happy, sad, upset, safe, and much more.

For those who have lived with ambiguous loss, relationships can be particularly confusing when they don’t work and especially uplifting when they do.

Ambiguous losses—those that are uncertain or unclear—show up in both predictable and unexpected ways. They are part of the lives of families touched by foster care, adoption, incarceration, mental illness, addiction, military service, and infertility—to name a few.

We hope this collage will help to capture the complexity and enormous variation of experiences that grow from ambiguous loss.

We’ve designed this collaborative collage to reflect the full range of the community interested in uncertain loss. The contributions can be as varied as the experiences of the individuals. We invite you to be creative and to use a form that best suits your ideas.

Your voice is important if your life or that of someone you know has been touched by. . .
  • Foster care

  • Adoption

  • Chronic physical or mental illness

  • Incarceration

  • Military service

  • Immigration

  • Infertility

  • Divorce

  • Uncertain loss

Your voice is important if you are a. . .
  • Child

  • Parent

  • Mentor

  • Therapist

  • Coach

  • Judge

  • Teacher

  • Counselor

  • Nurse

  • Administrator

  • Physician

  • Person with an idea or experience to share

How can you tell your story?
We hope you will bring your creativity to this forum so that others--both inside and outside foster care--can come to a fuller understanding and appreciation of this community.  You might consider
  • A photograph
  • A story
  • A video
  • A poem
  • A drawing
  • A song
  • A memory
  • A dance
  • A lesson
  • A play
  • A suggestion
  • A wish
Instructions: We suggest that you keep submissions brief. A 1-2 minute video is likely to get more attention than a longer one. In general, written material should be under 500 words. High-resolution photos (300 DPI) look better than those in low resolution. If you want to grab and keep people’s attention, make it easy for them! When you are ready to submit your contribution to the Fostering Relationships Collaborative Collage, click the Submit button to upload your materials. By doing so, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below. All submissions become the property of A Home Within. (See “Terms and Conditions” for a full explanation.) A Home Within is under no obligation to post any submission and retains full control over placement of materials.
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