Featured children, Father's Day story, child welfare news
Featured children, new family story, your questions answered
Featured children, new family story, sibling relationships
Featured children, interstate and transracial adoptions, child welfare news
I got approved to adopt earlier this year, and I'd like to inquire about older kids in any state. My agency says they aren't willing to work with me on this because so many children in our state need families. What should I do?
Families often come to us with this question. If your agency focuses on in-state adoptions, you will need to change agencies. Unfortunately, this will likely involve redoing some of the work you did with your current agency to get approved to adopt. For example, it is very likely that your new agency will need to do a new home study because visiting with you in your home and writing your home study were two ways they got to know you and understand which children might do well in your home.
The good news is that we can help! You can find state listings of public and private adoption agencies on our website. Call us and we can suggest questions to ask to find an agency that is a good fit for your family.
One last piece of advice: when you have found a new agency, be sure that you notify your current agency that you are making this change.
We are planning to adopt siblings from foster care and are open to children of any race or ethnicity. But we are a white couple and our community is not very diverse. We know we have a lot to learn before becoming a transracial family. Do you have any advice?
First, it’s great to hear that you are adopting siblings. That means that one suggestion is already in your adoption plans: having a sibling who looks like them and shares their background is very helpful for a child coming into your home.
Your caseworker will be a great source of information on this topic. Also, we’ve recently published a new page on our website that offers seven suggestions for a successful transracial adoption. It’s full of information we collected from professionals and families about things to think about as you consider adopting transracially and ways to maintain children’s cultural connections after you adopt.
Steven Allen had spent three years searching for a son to adopt. He was almost ready to give up when he met 15-year-old Logan at an adoption party. It turned out that Logan—who had been in foster care since he was 10 and experienced two failed adoptions—was about ready to give up too.Steven and Logan hit it off that night. And in December 2015—on his father’s birthday—Steven Allen adopted Logan.
Read Steve and Logan’s Father’s Day story.
Mikey | Age: 15 | Oregon
Luis (who prefers to go by Mikey) is a sweet young man who is popular with adults and his peers.
Though Mikey is a boy of smaller stature, he has a great amount of character, personality, and love to give to a family. He enjoys shopping, looking up old quotes from famous people on the internet, spending time with his friends, and running.
Mikey has been very involved in the adoption process and is ready to be adopted. When asked what he would most want from a family, Mikey says that he wants to eat warm homemade chocolate chip cookies and drink a cold glass of milk with his family. He also wants a safe home where can be himself and feel secure. Read more.
Gelina and Guliana | Ages: 13, 12 | Delaware
Gelina and Guliana are outgoing and friendly children.
Gelina is a social girl who enjoys exploring outdoors, reading, and writing. She is academically inclined and does well in school.
Guliana is a social butterfly who is happiest when she is spending time with her friends. Two of her favorite things to do are listening to music and dancing. When Guliana grows up, she would like to be a singer. Read more.
A family of three suddenly became a family of ten after adopting seven siblings who had spent most of their lives in foster care. Read more and watch the video on the ABC News website.
The 52 fully updated fact sheets provide state-specific information about programs, public benefits, and educational assistance available to families headed by grandparents and other relatives.
The THRU Project—founded by a man who grew up in foster care—is working to ensure that young people have someone to support and encourage them at a critical point in their lives. This KSAT-12 piece features the stories of the founder and two foster care alums who are involved with the program.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has published a guide for youth who have experienced complex trauma. Young people can explore the guide on their own, and clinicians, caregivers, and parents can use the guide to have conversations with youth about coping methods and strategies for making things better. Download the guide from the NCTSN website (1 MB PDF).
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