We are a very large family built through adoption. For some of my children, my family is their first family. Prior to joining my family my boys may have lived in hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages or group homes. Some of my children have had multiple family experiences. Some of these placements have been abusive and other have simply "not worked out." Many of the boys joined my family through the state foster care system, others through international adoptions, still others through disrupted adoptions, finally a few through private adoptions. My children have come from all over the world with many different life experiences, as well as, a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is my job then, as their forever mom, to bring all of these strangers together and form a well-bonded and loving family.