A Mother Reflects On Adoption And Parenting Without Perfection

TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. Race became a central issue in my guest Kristen Howerton’s life when she adopted two black children. Howerton is white. She decided to adopt after several miscarriages. First, she adopted a 6-month-old who was in foster care. And later, she adopted an infant from an […]

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How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

Brena Slater is the chief executive officer of the Safe Children Coalition, a nonprofit that provides a range of child welfare services in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Slater says the organization is still receiving plenty of inquiries from new potential foster families, but has seen a drop-off in already approved families accepting children into […]

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'That forever bond': Houston County family adopts 1-year-old girl over Zoom

Family adopts 1-year-old girl over Zoom

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — After over 500 days in foster care, a 21-month-old Houston County toddler is officially with her forever family. Brian and Hallie Kirchhefer adopted baby Alayna Thursday morning and the whole adoption happened over a Zoom call. “I just wanted her day to be just as special,” Hallie said. Concerns about COVID-19 […]

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Wednesday's Child: Teen, in foster care for most of his life, ready for adoptive family

KY Teen, in foster care for most of his life, ready for adoptive family

Trenton is like many others in Kentucky’s child welfare system: in and out of foster homes and residential facilities for as long as he can remember. Trenton lives at The Life Connection in Senora, Kentucky. He said he’s learned tools to help him deal with past trauma. And now he’s ready for commitment. “Basically a […]

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Single dad adopts 13-year-old left at hospital by adoptive parents

Single Dad adopts 13-year-old abandoned at hospital by adoptive parents

“A dad and U.S citizen in just two weeks can’t describe in words the joy in my heart and house after a long long journey.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina foster dad is being hailed a hero after adopting a 13-year-old boy that was abandoned by his adoptive parents two years ago. Peter Mutabazi […]

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Foster parents share their stories on family and adoption

Foster parents share their stories on family and adoption

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – For some becoming a foster parent is a tough decision. But it’s one Johnny Taylor and his wife Jeanette made 20 years ago. “Young folks have so much peer pressure going on today. They can get pulled this way or that way… During the panel Benson, the Taylor’s, and other foster […]

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Adoptees Connect Alaska gives adults a place to discuss adoption experiences

Adoptees Discuss their Adoption Experiences

“Sometimes those stories can get emotional,” Sikkema said. Born in Massachusetts in 1968, the adoption records were open. She spent about six months in foster care but doesn’t know anything about that time. She was then adopted. She calls her adoptive mother and father “my parents.” Eventually, the state sealed Sikkema’s adoption records. After petitioning […]

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