Adoption stories

Families, foster care alumni, and caseworkers describe the rewards, challenges, and lessons they have learned. Do you have a story to share? Please tell us about it.

Outstanding Caseworker: Tara Taylor

September 12, 2018

Finding a forever family for a 12-year-old boy included accompanying him on a 1,600 mile flight to his new home.


Giving up on a fairy-tale future—and finding something better

August 22, 2018

A teacher reconsiders her life plan when a new student joins her class.


"Adopting from foster care is not a sprint—it's a marathon"

August 08, 2018

A mother talks about doubling the size of her family after a six-year search.


From heartbreak to parents of eight

July 26, 2018

A couple learns about the need for families willing to adopt siblings—and takes action.


Outstanding Caseworker: Marianne Conheady

July 17, 2018

A New York State caseworker shares some of what she's learned while serving families for 23 years.


Not perfect—but happy

June 26, 2018

A mother talks about adopting two school-aged boys shortly after she turned 50.


Three empty rooms to fill—and a lifetime of love to give

June 04, 2018

A mother talks about helping the daughters she adopted from foster care thrive.


Outstanding Caseworker: Mariela Arias

May 21, 2018

A licensing specialist in Miami talks about what makes a great foster parent and common misconceptions people have about fostering.


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