How can you demonstrate your trustworthiness to a teen who has experienced foster care? Here’s advice from three sets of foster and adoptive parents.
November 28, 2023
Author, US Navy veteran, and former banking executive Rob Sheer says “dad” is by far his best title.
November 6, 2023
Discover Nikki and Mike’s greatest joys and the biggest misconception about adoption from foster care.
September 28, 2023
I’m sharing my experience so that current foster families understand how important it is to keep siblings connected to each other.
August 7, 2023
Discover how adopting from foster care has brought more love and fulfillment to this family than they could have imagined.
July 5, 2023
Maintaining contact with birth families is important to a child’s sense of belonging and well-being. And there are a lot of approaches that can work, depending on your family’s circumstances.
May 1, 2023
Every day, children across the country—including those in foster care—can suffer deeply from mental illnesses. Here’s how to help.
January 24, 2023
A Rhode Island social worker helps foster families and birth families connect. Here are her insights about adoption and foster care.
October 4, 2022
Each year, almost 20,000 young people age out of care before being adopted. That’s why AdoptUSKids is shining a spotlight on teen adoption.
August 19, 2022
Jamerika Haynes-Lewis is the former USA Ambassador Ms. 2021. Having been in foster care as a child, she uses her platform to empower youth and advocate for families.
June 14, 2022
According to some studies, almost 1 in 3 youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ+. Here are steps you can take to affirm your child.
May 27, 2022
Kandice Harmon spent most of the first eight years of her life in foster care. And she has a message for prospective families.
May 13, 2022
“I make it through every day and wake up and do it again because when we are able to get brothers and sisters back together to finish growing up, that success keeps me going for a long time.”
May 6, 2022
While you prepare for your first placement, you may feel anxious, impatient, and hopeful—all in a single day. These six actions can help you as you wait.
April 11, 2022
“I believe in you. When my seventh-grade teacher said those words to me, it clicked. And so, I’m saying them to you. There are people in the world who see potential and greatness in you.”
March 30, 2022
Hear from outstanding caseworker Antonio Fannin. “It’s my goal to help the children settle in and ensure that they—and the parents—get the support they need.”
March 23, 2022
When armed with knowledge and understanding about trauma, families can understand the root causes of their children’s crises, respond to them, and help their children build skills for managing stress.
March 7, 2022
Meet a single dad who adopted two teenage siblings he found on AdoptUSKids. “I really feel like this is just what I envisioned our family to be.”
February 25, 2022
“Has being a family of 12 been easy? No! Our journey has been full of ups and downs, like a roller coaster ride. But roller coasters are full of adventure too!”
February 22, 2022
In this outstanding caseworker interview, Maddie Dulle helps families gain a new perspective and learn what it takes to be successful.
February 9, 2022
As single woman with a successful career, Heidi Kaplan first imagined herself adopting a girl who was elementary-aged. Her sweet spot turned out to be very different.
January 20, 2022
“I help families learn as much as they can about the child’s background, the reasons behind their actions, and therapeutic ways to respond to them.”
January 20, 2022
As the parent of a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Barb Clark shares thoughtful insights and vital information to help others become better parents and happier families.
November 1, 2021
This year’s theme is “Every Conversation Matters” and focuses on the thousands of teenagers and young adults in foster care who need unconditional commitment, love, and support from a family.
October 20, 2021
Rebecca Lahue aged out of foster care when she was 19 years old. Since that time, she’s fostered more than 60 children and adopted a teen from foster care.
October 11, 2021
“I’ve seen kids who’ve been through unspeakable things become healthy adults living lives that blow me away!” A social worker and adoptive mother talks about working with families for two decades.
September 1, 2021
“Like a good social worker, a good foster parent is passionate about helping kids. They don’t give up when things get hard. They can continue to love, no matter what happens.”
August 24, 2021
“I think we need to approach ‘normal’ differently…I’m glad to be able to play a part in readjusting how people view adopting older kids or adopting siblings…It can make a big impact.”
August 12, 2021
Advocate at school and in the community, look for role models, say “yes” to the dress, and other advice from a child psychologist and parent of a gender-expansive child.
August 5, 2021
A Mississippi social worker talks about the qualities of a good foster parent, including honoring a child’s culture and working toward reunification.
July 6, 2021
“I love working with the teenage kids and seeing their potential and encouraging them… I’ve seen how a caring adult can help turn a child’s life around.”
June 15, 2021
Insights from a digital forensic detective and other experts about the dangers posed to children online and techniques to help you protect your children.
May 25, 2021
Ryan and Christopher knew they wanted to be parents, and that adoption was how it would happen. What they didn’t realize was that over the course of five months, they would become fathers to four siblings—and that was only the beginning!
May 11, 2021
“Torjia works for the very best outcome for the children and helps the parents along the way… Our two-year-old has even named her baby dolls after Torjia! As foster parents, we would be absolutely lost without her….”
May 4, 2021
Catherine Monet was adopted by her foster parents when she was 21. We talked with Catherine about her experience and her advice for parents, social workers, and other youth in care.
April 30, 2021
This month—and every month—we celebrate the foster parents, volunteers, and others who are helping to create success and lasting connections for children in foster care.
April 15, 2021
Lindsey Cox understands the challenges and rewards of adopting from foster care, because she’s both a caseworker and a foster mom: “It’s one thing to be trained; it’s another thing to live your job.”
April 6, 2021
In this guest post, a mother writes about finding her daughter on AdoptUSKids: “The process that I thought would be quick took more than four years, but if I had been matched sooner, I wouldn’t have been matched with Cora.”
March 31, 2021
“I’d say that working with children is a calling more than a career… The Bible tells us that we’re responsible for the orphans and the widows. Those are my marching orders.”
March 15, 2021
A therapist discusses some of the neurological causes of children’s behavior, sensory “triggers,” and ways of calming an upset child.
March 3, 2021
“Organization is huge. And working weekends is inevitable.” A caseworker whose service area is the entire state of Minnesota talks about matching children and families.
February 12, 2021
In this guest post, an adoptive parent and social worker offers suggestions for how to help children of all ages understand their past and the circumstances that brought them into care.
January 28, 2021
Being authentic, positive, and “comfortable in every situation” are three keys to this Mississippi caseworker’s success when working with children and parents.
January 14, 2021
In this guest post, a mother who has been fostering for more than three decades describes the ways that she and her husband have worked hard to remain good friends and partners who “love each other, like each other, and respect each other.”
January 8, 2021
“Having a permanent home laid the foundation for my success. It also inspired me to pay it forward, because it’s up to each of us to share the opportunities we’ve had with the next generation.”
November 19, 2020
For children who are in foster care or were adopted, Christmas and other holidays can be a reminder of the family that they’ve lost. Here are some suggestions for navigating the season.
November 9, 2020
When Tim Young set out to adopt two teens with special needs, he was presented with a lot of potential pitfalls. Luckily for Summer and Raymond, Tim was determined.
October 9, 2020
A foster care supervisor talks about adopting as a single mother and helping her daughters overcome past traumas.
September 11, 2020
Lissa and Tim Bowen became experts in trauma-informed care and made new plans for their future after adopting a son from foster care.
August 24, 2020
Sometimes what looks like lying is a type of distorted thinking called confabulation that’s beyond children’s control and is particularly common in children who’ve experienced trauma.
May 21, 2020
In less than a year, this Oklahoma permanency worker has inspired a family and a CASA volunteer to sing his praises for the support he provides to foster parents and birth families.
May 7, 2020
As with many crises, this one is hitting vulnerable people the worst. And it’s possible that more children will be in need of safe, loving homes as we move toward a “new normal.”
April 16, 2020
Sofia and DaShoan Olds adopted seven siblings from foster care two years ago. Today, Sofia reports, they are doing great! Sofia shared some of her parenting tips with us.
April 7, 2020
Five traits and supports you’ll want as an adoptive parent and tips for acquiring them while you’re waiting for a placement.
March 24, 2020
When Helen Cotton and her husband decided to adopt a teen, she never imagined that it would be the “sweet, smart, caring little troublemaker” who had been a student in her third grade class.
March 20, 2020
We’re talking with child welfare workers, collecting information from families, and working with trusted national and local organizations to bring you resources as we have them.
March 11, 2020
This Ohio caseworker sometimes thinks of himself as a tour guide, because he asks children and teens where they want to go and what they want their future to look like.
March 4, 2020
Getting to know a teenager is a journey. Being thoughtful and considerate of their life experiences and needs when communicating with them is a great first step.
February 27, 2020
Shannon Pinkerton adopted children with Down syndrome and other special needs. She says: “I never saw people with disabilities as being different.”
February 6, 2020
Flexibility, patience, and “being comfortable with being uncomfortable” are a few qualities of a successful foster parent, according to this veteran foster care recruiter.
December 11, 2019
The majority of children in foster care are reunified with their birth family, and foster parents must support that outcome. In this post, we offer suggestions for smoothing the transition.
August 1, 2019
We asked workers who use our photolisting what advice they would give families who are registering on an adoption site like ours. This is what they told us.
July 18, 2019
Anna Wood says that a big part of her job is doing what she can to make foster parents’ lives easier, because “they have a really hard job, and they do it 24/7.”
June 13, 2019
When Mason and Victoria Amon decided to adopt siblings, they didn’t realize that they would soon become a family of eight! Mason shares their experience in this guest post.
April 18, 2019
We asked five veteran caseworkers what families should think about before pursuing fostering and adopting and what makes families successful. This is what they told us.
March 28, 2019
Nicole Barlow wants people to know that she’s not a hero, she’s an average person who took a leap of faith when deciding to adopt five siblings.
March 1, 2019
In 21 years of social work, Joy Nyhuis-Wing has learned the importance of educating foster parents, getting them the resources they need—and letting them vent.
May 4, 2017
Focusing on families’ needs, maintaining boundaries, and having a person to call when things go wrong are three of this St. Louis caseworker’s keys to success.