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Redefining Progress and Success

Redefining Progress and Success

Ask anyone who has adopted from foster care about their child, and you’re sure to hear some great things. If they’re honest, they may share some not so great things, too. Just like with biological children, parenting an adopted child can have its ups and downs. Many experienced foster and adoptive parents will tell you that the key to making it through these challenging times is not to focus on changing the child. It might be better to change your definition of success and progress.

Not Taking ‘Firsts’ For Granted

Not Taking ‘Firsts’ For Granted

Berta, a full-time teacher and foster mom, first met 9-year-old Zoe when Zoe started 3rd grade at Berta’s school. That was the year that Zoe was removed from her home due to neglect. As a foster parent, Berta understood Zoe’s situation – and as a teacher, she was especially aware of the impact that entering foster care could have on Zoe’s education.

Taking the Risk, Time and Time Again

Taking the Risk, Time and Time Again

Brandy and Matt decided to adopt through foster care because of the number of children in the system who need homes. They became foster parents who were supportive of reunification, but were also open to pre-adoptive placements. Now a family of 6, they admit that adopting 4 kids wasn’t in their initial plan. But, they also adamantly insist that their family is “messy, but perfect in our messiness.”

Adoption from an Only Child’s Point of View

Adoption from an Only Child’s Point of View

If you have biological kids, you might have some questions about how adoption will affect them. Should you worry about birth order? What if you only have one child – will they resent giving up their only child status? How much of a “say” should you give your biological children in your decision to foster or adopt? We asked a biological child to share her experience of going from being an only child to being the oldest of 6.

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities, Part 2

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities, Part 2

Donna and Jason Kempf’s adoption journey didn’t end after they adopted two children with special needs. Their daughter Eva-Grace, adopted in November 2019, is medically fragile, and requires a special diet, custom medical equipment, and vigilant monitoring. Read on to learn more about this phenomenal child and her parents.

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Shannon and Hubert Schulz do not shy away from a challenge. They fostered and adopted not 1, not 2, but 6 children from Indiana Adoption Program, each with their own unique set of circumstances and struggles. But the Schulzes have always been clear on this point: the world should expect great things from their kids.

It’s A Forever Thing

It’s A Forever Thing

Zanita and Wilhelm have been fostering for over a decade, and they don’t shy away from fostering older children and teens. They bring a different dynamic to Zanita and Wilhelm’s family.

One Weird Family Tree

One Weird Family Tree

Family trees can be complicated for children who have experienced foster care and adoption. Andrew and Jamiell share how they view their family tree now that Jamiell’s adoption is finalized.

Embracing The Chaos

Embracing The Chaos

Taylor and Nathan met their son at an Indiana Adoption Program meet & greet event. Some of their advice for potential adoptive parents: when it comes to adoption, sometimes you just have to “prepare for, and embrace, the chaos…because it’s worth it!”

Magic In The Air

Magic In The Air

For some adoptive parents, like Michael and Timothy, they “just know” when they met a child or sibling group that they’re meant to be family. And when the adoption finally happens, there’s “magic in the air.”

Superparents

Superparents

Jeff and Autumn say it was difficult to live with the uncertainty of foster care—not knowing if the child you care for will be with you forever. But they wouldn’t have changed their family’s path for anything.

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