The 2016 theme for the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” This year's theme highlights the important benefits to children and youth when they're connected and reunited with family and, in particular, their fathers. Many fathers want to do more than pay child support,1 they want to have healthy connections with their children and be an equal parent. Youth, especially those who have... Continue Reading
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In the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 movie from DreamWorks Animation, Po, reunites with his long-lost birth father. Po was separated from his family at a young age and grew up with his adoptive father. When his birth father comes back into his life everything changes. The new film highlights the special relationship between Po and his birth father and his adoptive father, and the unique challenges he is able to overcome with the love and support of... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on November 18, 2015. View the original post.
Early in their relationship, Robin and Kelly Smith knew that they wanted to adopt kids. “We wanted to give back,” Kelly explains. After the couple married, they considered an international adoption, but soon realized that many kids in the US needed permanent, loving homes.
Robin and Kelly were originally interested in adopting... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This story previous appeared on the ACF FamilyRoom Blog and on the AdoptUsKids website.
Mark and Nicole Hayward had been married for 15 years when they became parents for the first time through adoption from foster care.
As part of their search for their “perfect child,” Mark and Nicole registered their family on adoptuskids.org. They began a search for a girl, preferably no older than 12, who shared many of their... Continue Reading
There is tremendous diversity in foster care. From single-parent foster families; children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ); multiracial families; and grandparents and other extended relatives, it takes a variety of people to support children, youth, and families in foster care. The Children's Bureau's 2015 National Foster Care Month theme, "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care," draws... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on AdoptUSKids and on the ACF Family Room Blog.
Marc, 13, of New Jersey (top right) is an honor student in middle school. He’s a typical teenager who likes video games, loves his two family dogs Buddy and Molly and sometimes gets annoyed by his older 15-year-old brother Matthew (top left).
However, Marc’s life wasn’t always so typical. Before being adopted at age seven by his dad Paul (... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This post first appeared on AdoptUSKids, and the ACF Family Room Blog.
Being a single father of five with a family that’s still growing, Dwayne Herbert relies on his agency’s post-adoption services to balance responsibilities between being a father and his fulltime job.
He has two biological daughters, three sons adopted from foster care, and a fourth adoption underway.
Finding the right time to adopt
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Ed. Note: This story previously appeared on the AdoptUsKids and ACF websites. View the posting on the ACF Family Room Blog.
Barry Farmer's family is unusual, but not just because he is black and his son is white.
Although, he admits, that is pretty unusual.
“I would have never thought in a million years that I would adopt a white child,” he said with a laugh. He tells his son, Darrell, 10, that their family is unique. “... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This story originally appeard on the AdoptUSKids website and also appeard in the ACF Family Room Blog.
The thought of adopting entered my mind one night when I was heading home from my office in DC. I was riding the bus and saw an ad with a father and three children across the aisle from where I was sitting. As soon as I saw that ad, something hit my heart and I said to myself, "I want that." Soon-after, I began the adoption... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This post first appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.
The growing importance of keeping children in foster care connected with their siblings, extended families and communities. An increased understanding of the need for permanency for older youth in foster care. More awareness of the true cost of allowing our nation’s children to simply age out of foster care.
These are just a few of the... Continue Reading