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Family Stories About Adoption and Foster Care
Adoption is a lifelong passion for Dolores and John Groves-Marshall of Killeen, TX, who recently welcomed their third child with disabilities.
After becoming inspired to adopt during a church mission trip in Mexico helping children whose parents were in prison, Paige and Travis Dickey of Rincon, Georgia, turned to AdoptUSKids. It was through AdoptUSKids' free photolisting of waiting children that the Dickey's found their 15-year-old daughter Brittany.
For Traci Lucien, 51, of Laurel, Maryland, the bond formed with her daughter before they ever met. Lucien first laid eyes on her daughter, Talynn, 9, through AdoptUSKids’ national photolisting of children in foster care available for adoption. At the time, Talynn was living in a foster home in another state. They talked on the phone, exchanged letters, but Lucien knew she had to meet this child.
When Barry Farmer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia, first considered fostering, he didn't think beyond providing a temporary, loving home to a child in need. Now, a single dad of a 10-year-old boy he adopted through foster care, Farmer is looking to adopt as many as two more children.
Los Angeles, California
As a writer and actor, Karen Bankhead has developed her own characters as well as landing acting roles on TV shows such as “Will and Grace” and “Gilmore Girls.” Despite not having any parenting experience, being single, and living in the city, Bankhead was able to nail the role of being a mom. What she found along the way is that parenting is something everybody learns by doing.