Kinship Brings Change

Tiffany: I’m Tiffany; this is my wife, Pennie. We had gone to a family reunion in Michigan and came back. My brother called and said, hey, Tiff, Tommy needs a place to stay. He can’t go home. Can he stay with … Read more

The Complexities of Caring

Brad: We’re Brad and Nick Schliakowski, and we have five children at home. Three of them are from a previous relationship, and two of them came to us through foster care.   Nick: I and my husband have fostered to adopt our daughter. … Read more

Discussion about Race and Transracial Families

Parenting comes with responsibilities—especially when parenting a child of a different race or culture. This powerful video features parents and kids talking openly about their experiences around racism. Whether you’re parenting transracially, raising your children to be anti-racist, or just … Read more

Small Steps Make Big Gains

Stephanie:  Oh, well, we have eight kids all together and four of them are adopted. It was difficult being a foster parent, initially, our children came with some pretty tough behaviors. Jermaine:  Some were like mental abuse, physical abuse, even … Read more

Grief is Part of the Fabric of Adoption

Peg: “Grief is part of the fabric of adoption. Grief is a piece of adoption picture that is there. Our children grieve, their parents grieve. Oftentimes, if families have fertility issues, they grieve that perfect child that they thought they … Read more

Take Time to Recharge

Shelley: “I’m going to college. I’m parenting four kids. I have a part-time job and I do hair on the side. So that’s two jobs. And I go to school and I help the kids with their homework. You never … Read more

Growing from Compassion to Empathy

“So, our children have really kind of grown up, you know, with lots of different children coming in and out of our home, lots of different cultures, exposure to a lot of different situations. When they were younger, there wasn’t … Read more

Building Strong Sibling Bonds

Stephanie: “So we have eight children and four of them are adopted, merging them together as brothers and sisters was kind of difficult because we really had to say, now these children will be your brothers and sisters. You will … Read more

How Parenting Again Changed Our Lives

Pam:  “They call me ‘Grandma.’ The youngest one calls me ‘Mom’ sometimes, and the other kids look at her and she goes, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, Grandma.’ “So my husband and I adopted our two grandchildren and we are fostering two … Read more

In It Together: Fostering as a Family

Jessie: “There’s no way that we could anticipate it—it was losing kids that they legitimately think of as their siblings.” Dave: “The reunification process has been tougher for them because we can see the ultimate goal; the ultimate goal of … Read more