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Marcie
Marcie

Marcie
Florida

Basic Info

Marcie

Age: 34
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Christian

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 11 years old
Sex: Female
Max Number of Children: 2
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Any Child (Open to Discussion), Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Encopresis, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Stealing, Tantrums-Severe, Wets the Bed, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Fetal Alcohol Effected, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Mental Retardation - Mild, Speech Delays - Mild, Speech Delays - Moderate, Vision Impaired, Anorexia/Bulimia, Hoarding, Overeating, Pica, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Expulsion(s), Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Moderate Learning Disabilities, Severe Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Bipolar, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child in Residential Treatment, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, Residential Treatment History, Convicted of Theft, ADHD, Arthritis, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Disorder: May Require Surgery, Hemophilia, Seizures, Adjustment Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Previous Psychiatric Hospitalization, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Destructive of Property, Runaway - Past, Willing to Maintain Contact via Mail with Bio Family, Willing to Maintain Contact with Past Foster Parents, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Grandparents & Other Relatives, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Siblings, Child Identifies as LGBT, History of Sexually Acting Out, Sexually Abused in the Past, Sexually Active

Environment

State: Florida
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency:
Children in the Home: 1
Pet(s): Dog(s)

Work

Marcie

Occupation: Accountant

Adoption Agency

Agency: Impower
Worker: Bill Marallo
City: Melbourne
State: Florida
Zip: 32935

Family Description

We are currently an active family of two, but we are looking forward to expanding. I am the 33-year-old mom and my daughter Georgia is 8. We also have an adorable little Yorkie named Belle that LOVES attention and cuddles! We live in a condo community with beautiful green grass and palm trees! We are right across from the neighborhood pool, so we love spending as much time there as we can. We are also only a short drive from the beach and all the big parks in Florida. Georgia has been involved in gymnastics for several years, so last year we added a bar and a beam to our house for practice. Georgia also loves watching the Disney Channel shows like Jessie, Austin & Allie, Bunked, etc. She also loves to ride her bike, play with her Monster High dolls, American Girl dolls or many, many baby dolls. Together we enjoy going to the movies, a trip to the local zoo, and going to the big parks in Orlando whenever we can. We are hoping to adopt one or two girls. We would love for one of the girls to be under 7, and the other girl to be anywhere from 0-15 (but we don't want to rule out any possibilities). We are willing to accept some medical and physical disabilities, and will consider moderate to severe learning, developmental, and behavioral issues. We are also willing to accept children with a history of trauma or sexual abuse (I am currently pursuing additional training regarding these issues).

Preference Description

We are hoping to adopt one or two girls from 0-11 years old. We are open to some physical and medical issues, a history of trauma or sexual abuse, and moderate/severe emotional, behavioral, and learning issues.

Marcie Hedges Family Profile

We are hoping to adopt one or two girls from 0-11. We would love it if one girl in a sibling set could be under 7, but are willing to consider all possibilities. We are open to some physical and medical issues, a history of trauma or sexual abuse, moderate/severe emotional issues, developmental delays, or learning disabilities. We are also very open to maintaining contact with the current foster family or bio relatives if safe and appropriate.

Child Preferences

We are currently an active family of two, but we are looking forward to expanding. I am the 34-year-old mom and my daughter Georgia is 8. We also have an adorable little Yorkie named Belle that LOVES attention and cuddles! Georgia has been involved in gymnastics for several years, so last year we added a bar and a beam to our house for practice. Georgia also loves watching the Disney Channel shows like Jessie, Austin & Allie, Bunked, Girl Meets World, etc. She also loves to ride her bike, play with her Monster High dolls, American Girl dolls or many, many baby dolls. Georgia and I enjoy going to the movies, visiting the local zoo (2 miles away from our house), and going to the big parks in Orlando whenever we can. We also enjoy a simple trip to the mall or going out to eat. We love to have a spa day and get mani/pedis for a special treat.

I work as the accounting manager for a public company located in our town. I work an average 8-5 schedule, but I am blessed to have an employer that is very flexible regarding appointments during working hours. I also have the added luxury of being able to work from home when I need to (usually when Georgia is sick), and I am even able to take Georgia to my office sometimes. We have also become close with several stay at home moms (parents of Georgia's friends) that help out from time to time. We are very excited to be on this journey and simply cannot wait to welcome the rest of our forever family into our home!

Home and Community

We live in a condo community with beautiful green grass and palm trees! We are right across from the neighborhood pool, and we love spending as much time there as we can during the summer. We are also only a short drive from the beach and all the big parks in Florida.

Georgia is in the 3rd grade this year and is a pretty good overall student. Her best subject is reading, and we are working a little harder on math. The schools in our area are some of the best in Florida, and I have been very happy with our experiences with them so far.

Parenting Experience

I have lived on my own with Georgia since she was about 8 months old. In addition to raising Georgia, I have also spent a great deal of time with my sisters' children ranging from teenagers to slightly younger than Georgia. I have assisted with her t-ball team and helped coach her in cheerleading. We also frequently have her friends around for visits or sleepovers. In April of 2016, I became a licensed foster parent and we received our first placement, which was a 9.5 month old little girl. Although having an 18 month old running around would complicate most homes (and it did complicate ours), we really feel like she completed our home. It was through this experience that we knew we were ready and able to expand our home and offer a forever home to a little girl or girls that need a place to feel safe and loved. Since becoming licensed, we have also fostered a 7 year old, a 4 year old, and a five year old, all with various needs and challenges. We have enjoyed working with each of them while they were in our home.

Recently, I have taken additional specialized foster parent trainings that deal with sexual abuse and trauma to help me prepare to meet the needs of any kids that are placed in our home. I plan to continue taking additional courses that deal with trauma and abuse going forward.

Support

I have always had a support network available to me. Prior to my relocation, I lived in very close proximity to my two sisters. However, we relocated from Ohio to Florida in 2015. We moved to be closer to my aunt and grandmother. My support network looks different now. However, because my older sister is an OB nurse and also works in pediatric offices, she is always my first go-to person for any health concerns for myself or my kids (bio and foster). She is always my sounding board and my first line of defense. The only thing that has changed is that now we send pictures or videos instead of her being able to drop-by. My sister is also a foster parent and adoptive parent in Ohio. Her mother-in-law (who we are very close to) has also been a foster parent for many years. In fact, three of her foster children have been adopted by my best friend and her husband. My sister, her mother-in-law, and my best friend have been a huge support to me as I have started my journey into foster care and adoption. Locally, I have made several very good friends through meeting other parents of students in Georgia's class as well as some co-workers, who help us out from time to time. I am also becoming very close to several other foster parents that I have bonded with over the last year.

Motivation to Adopt

Georgia has loved having the opportunity to be a big sister to our foster children this year, and she would love to have a forever sister that is younger than her (under 7). However, we are also open to a child that is closer to her age or even a few years older (on a case by case basis). Several of Georgia's friends have older sisters and she delights in having them show her the latest dance moves or give her fashion tips. I have always envisioned myself having a bigger family. Georgia and I relocated to Florida in the summer of 2015, and once we were settled, the time felt right to begin this journey.

Georgia and I have both loved the new spark of life that has entered our home since expanding our family through foster care, so we are hoping to find a child/children that will become part of our forever family. However, we do not have any delusions that life will be perfect from day 1. We have seen a number of transitions occur through our friends and family as well as with our own foster children. I have also spent a great deal of time talking with other foster parents from around the country about their experiences. We are prepared to love any child placed with us through the good times and bad, no matter what!