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National Adoption Awareness Month Stories 2018

 I recall a cousin saying what a wonderful thing we did by adopting.  In truth, it was her birth Mother who did a wonderful thing out of love for her, so baby Kimberly could have a better life than she could provide. 

November is National Adoption month. As an adoptive parent, I am frequently called upon to be an adoption educator. I share resources and offer counsel to prospective adoptive families.

One day last month I received a voicemail, when I called back it was a conversation that changed our lives!
That may seem an extreme statement, but it is true - this one call changed our lives. It seems my daughter had a new bio-half sibling in foster care and they wanted to know if I was interested in adopting her!?!!

The Patick family’s adoption story started with American Idol and a daughter who wanted to help kids without families.

Through fost-adoption, a night counselor at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services becomes parent to four children.

Adopting a child through foster care is not an easy process. It is complicated and frustrating and a wonderful life changing experience. This post shares the story of a single working mother who created her family through the fost-adopt process. If you are interested in learning more about fostering or adopting please go to our website http://bit.ly/DMYFSFoster or call 1-800-4-foster

A couple builds their family through fost-adoption.

What happens when your child is a adopted, and adopted from foster care, without a clear history of their past? They have no photos, no memorabilia, and no family stories to share. They don’t have red hair like grandma Pat or a wiry frame like papa Joe. Often, we do not know about their past or even if they have bio siblings. They are our child, a very important part of our family tree, but they are an equally important part of another family tree - one we don’t know much about. It is complicated, and it is important to represent the whole of who they are. A single tree is not enough.

In recognition of November as National Adoption Awareness Month, the agency is pleased to announce that beginning January 2019, employees who are legally adoptive parents will henceforth receive an “adoption day” anniversary holiday, to celebrate with their family.

National Adoption Awareness Month Videos 2018

Charlie, age eight, talks about adoption

Our November 2018 Facebook Live chat with Deena Robertson and Maggie Bohlman about fostering and adoption through foster care. 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    1524

  • Volunteer Hours

    7,886

  • Youth Internship Hours

    4,154

  • Housing Provided

    95

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