Foster Care Adoption

Adopting from Foster Care Requires Love, Education & Support – Foster Parents Article

Connie has a pretty simple answer to the question, why did you adopt? Her response, “We have big hearts and we have big hope.” Over the last 25 years, she and her husband Blair have adopted eight children through foster care and private adoptions. Their growing family doesn’t stop there—they are now grandparents as well. “We also keep in touch with some of our kids’ original families and foster families. Our eldest daughter has been in contact with her birth…

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Meet a Social Teen Waiting for a Supportive Family – Foster Parents Article

Genesis is “the most social person I’ve ever met,” declares his Child-Specific Recruiter, Diana. “Within seconds you’ll fall in love with him.” This is because this 16 year old waiting in Minnesota foster care shows genuine interest in everyone he meets. “He’s very concerned about how people are doing. Every time we get together he asks how I’ve been doing. Even though he has been going through so much, he focuses on the interests and concerns of others. He’s such…

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We are an Adoption Success Story. And it’s still Hard. – Foster Parents Article

November is National Adoption Awareness month and over the years we’ve been an adoptive family, my feelings about this month have run the gamut. In the beginning, I just wanted to post beautiful pictures of my beautiful kids and acknowledge what an amazing thing adoption is in my life. Adoption made me a mother and for that I will be forever grateful. But as my kids have gotten older and have been able to express their own feelings about adoption,…

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Reach With Them: One Foster Mom’s Story of Open Adoption – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit. November is National Adoption Month. To kick off this year’s campaign of awareness, we are delighted to share one foster mom’s personal perspective on open adoption with her children’s birth family. Through learning how to co-parent as a foster mom and going on to craft an open adoption after finalization, she’s learning how to reach out with her children to their birth parents. We…

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Finding Love and Strength as a Former Foster Youth – Foster Parents Article

Fractured Memories from Childhood When I was 7 years old, my brother and I were removed from my mother’s care and placed into a foster home. This foster home was supposed to be short term but we were there for about three and a half years. My memories of my birth mother, before being placed in foster care, are not the greatest. She was addicted to drugs and often neglected my brother and me. We hopped from trailer to trailer,…

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A True Teen Foster Care Adoption Story – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit. We talk a lot about adopting an older child or teen from foster care, but what is the experience really like? We asked a mom who adopted a 16-year-old from foster care to share her real experience—both the good and the hard. Five years ago I met the most amazing young woman—14 years after she was born. Courtney* came to me with so many…

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Young Couple Enthusiastically Adopts Five Siblings – Foster Parents Article

Miranda and Brian planned to adopt internationally through Children’s Home Society. Then they found out they were too young to fulfill the age requirement for the international program and decided to become foster parents until they turned 25. Just after becoming licensed, they provided weekend respite care for a sibling group of four. The children were living with their aunt and uncle, who were planning to adopt them. A month later, they did respite care for the children again. Less…

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Considering Concurrent Planning: Is It Right for You? – Foster Parents Article

This content was originally published by North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Concurrent planning makes a promise to a child: When you enter foster care you will be placed with only one family and that family will see you through reunification with your family, or if reunification is not safe or possible, the foster family will adopt you. It’s can be hard on the parents but it’s a wonderful option for children who won’t have to move if they…

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What’s So Special About Peace House – Foster Parents Article

Before Emerson could go home to her adoptive family, she needed to have heart surgery in China. While recovering, she stayed at Holt’s donor-funded medical foster home in Beijing, where the love and care she received made such a difference — her mom can still see it, every day. When asked, adoptive mother Rachel Pace admits she doesn’t know a lot about the Peace House in China. Her 2-year-old daughter, Emerson, stayed at Holt’s medical foster home for only a…

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Life Skills – CHLSS – Foster Parents Article

Hope will be 18 in a few weeks and in 12 short weeks, she will be off to college. It’s all very exciting, and in some ways, I am a little surprised that she’s not pulling away from me a little. But, no. She’s not pulling away at all. In fact, my lovely daughter is more attached to me than a barnacle. She wants to watch TV with me. She wants to go to the gym with me and use…

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