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Family Stories About Adoption and Foster Care
Traci Lewis adopted her daughters as a single mother, part of what some social workers see as a growing trend in adoption from foster care.
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.
Derek and Phyllis Stevens of Harleysville, Penn., founded the parent-support agency Together as Adoptive Parents, Inc. in 1988 after raising four children who were adopted, three of whom had special needs.