Whether you are just curious about adoption or have always hoped to be adopted but don't know who to talk to, this is a great place to start. Sometimes kids in foster care do not want to be adopted and that is ok. But often not wanting to get adopted is rooted in underlying fears. It is hard to trust and open your heart to a complete stranger, especially after the people who were supposed to love and care for you unconditionally, fail to. If you feel this way, it is important that you talk about your fears. There may be a family out there for you, if you just take the risk and try. Take a look at some of the blogs below for some additional information or stories that might help you navigate through the adoption process.

My Permanency

Permanency: lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely. That is the dictionary definition of the word. However, in the perspective of a foster youth, permanency has no set definition. In the foster care system, youth may experience... Read more

Adult Adoption

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Growing up in my grandmothers 1 bedroom trailer, living on the back balcony which we converted into my brother and Is room wasn’t all that bad. My biological mother is a drug addict and she chose drugs over her kids, so she wasn’t around very often... Read more

15 Years Ago Today!

On this day, 15 years ago I was blessed to be adopted by Germaine and Charlie Brown along with my two older siblings, Roxann and Richard. What really makes this extra special for me is that it is my adopted father's birthday. The weird thing is that... Read more

Fostering Connections

About the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act of 2008 law (Public Law 110-351) The new Fostering Connections law made major improvements to programs and policies related to older youth in foster care. Some parts of the new... Read more

Policy 101: Adoption

Although foster care is an important safety net for some children, it was intended to be a temporary arrangement. Children have a better opportunity for growing and developing when they are living with a safe family on a permanent basis. Reunifying... Read more