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Ampersand Families Co-Founder Jen Braun addressed common misconceptions of adopting teens in a recent interview with KFAI radio in Minnesota. She also described her agency’s outreach efforts to recruit families for teens in foster care. Those outreach efforts included a two-part recruitment training video We Interrupt: Waiting Teens Talk About Child Specific Recruitment.
In a half-hour segment with families, adoptees, and child welfare experts, HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd leads a discussion on how adoptive parents can prepare their black children for inevitable race issues.
Lynn Moyer, a social worker with Children & Families First in Wilmington, Delaware, is our February Caseworker of the Month. Moyer, an adoptive parent herself, uses her first-hand experience of going through the adoption process to provide child-specific recruitment services to children on her caseload and the families she recruits for them.
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.
Phillip Hodge, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, spent the majority of his childhood in foster care. Channeling the trauma and stress he experienced into music, Hodge has gone on to become a successful free style rapper known as Thuggizzle. Using his voice in hip hop, Hodge actively gives back to those in need through three different organizations that help families of children with special needs, parents whose children have been removed from their custody, and those with breast cancer.