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.
Sometimes you find family in the most unexpected of places. For Andrew and Dakota, it was through mentoring. As Dakota’s mentor, Andrew built a relationship of trust with Dakota, which led to Andrew becoming a licensed foster parent and Dakota becoming part of Andrew’s family.
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
Melissa has provided foster care and respite care to over 70 children, she has 20+ years of experience working with clients with disabilities, and she has 4 children … for now.
Linnea was 14 years old when she first visited Blythe and Tom’s home. She remembers not wanting to be adopted because she did not want to lose her siblings. Adopted at 17, Linnea is now a mother of two and works with youth who have experienced many of the same issues that brought her into foster care.
Susan and Brent became foster parents when they found out that a classmate of Susan’s daughter Vanessa was in need of a home. Being a foster parent was different from any parenting they’d ever done. They focused on attachment and bonding with each of their kids.