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Saying goodbye to foster kids brings tears, memories — then 2 new faces

As I knelt down in the day care classroom, the little girl reached for me saying "bye, bye mommy!" in the sweetest, happiest voice.

November 21, 2015 | Shannon Casas | All viewpoint stories

The foster dilemma: Whether to adopt

I thought the judge would make all the decisions.

July 19, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Community columnists

Fostering first: Extended family rides along bumpy road of foster care

When my husband and I decided to become foster parents, we considered how it would affect our daily life, what saying goodbye to these children would feel like and whether we would ever adopt.

December 13, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint

A learning process: Becoming a foster parent requires thought, answers

I knew foster parents were badly needed in Hall County when my husband and I signed up.

October 19, 2014 | Shannon Casas | All viewpoint stories

Forging foster bonds not easy or natural

Everyone has an idea of what the role of parent means.

September 21, 2014 | Shannon Casas | All viewpoint stories

Foster family adjusting to new roles

About one month after getting approved as foster parents, my husband and I got our first placement.

August 03, 2014 | Shannon Casas | All viewpoint stories

Fostering first: Up early, and little time to spare since

It's 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and my husband taps me.

May 18, 2014 | Shannon Casas | All viewpoint stories

Reality and scripted TV keep us tuned in as stories unfold

Network TV saw a lot of changes in the aughts, especially toward the end of the decade. With video now streaming clearly on the Internet and DVRs in many homes, it's easy to enjoy your favorite programs sans the commercials. Enjoy it while it lasts, product placement is already rising to annoying levels.

December 31, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Get Out

A story of a first Thanksgiving

Today, my mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law are coming into town from Savannah. And I have the day off to start preparing my first Thanksgiving dinner as host.

November 24, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life

A good time to buy a home

With record-low interest rates, an $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers and a market full of well-priced foreclosed homes, my husband and I are poised to get the best deal out of this wacky housing market.

April 19, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life

'05 airport sting yields results

A man who was found with $1.3 million in cash during a 2005 arrest at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport was found guilty this week of federal money laundering charges.

December 16, 2007 | Shannon Casas | Local


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