Laverne Moore-Jenkins and her husband Terry have been fostering children for almost 30 years. They have always enjoyed working with teens to help them get the skills they need to transition out of the foster care system as well as provide them a place to visit.
By the time Raychelle joined the Jenkins family at the age of 15, she had lived in 26 homes. She is deaf and developmentally delayed, and had never learned American Sign Language. Working together, they learned. Now they sign to each other, and Raychelle knows hundreds of words.
Just as every child deserves a home, we believe all parents deserve support and time to bond with their children. The 2018 Top 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces survey opens next month! If your employer offers adoption benefits, we want to hear about it. Encourage them to take part in our survey, which will be available beginning January 8: https://davethomasfoundation.org/partner/become-an-adoption-friendly-workplace/
The foster care adoption process can seem long and unending, but it is always worth it. Isaac and Teague spent nearly 1,400 days in foster care. That’s almost four years!
Today they are home, together and excited to celebrate the holiday season with their forever family. Their mom shared, “It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs but these boys needed us and we needed them.”
To meet CJ today, you’d never know there was a time when he didn’t speak, that he feared his food would be taken away or that he would use negative behaviors to protect himself. Today, when you meet CJ he will tell you he likes to eat dinner with his family and that he loves his dog. CJ can tell you these things because he was adopted by his mom, Dee. CJ has autism, but Dee never lets that define her son. She showers him with the love that every child deserves and after a while, CJ realized that she wasn’t going to leave, there would always be dinner on the table and he was safe.
For this guest blog, Foundation staff members interviewed Karen about her foster care adoption journey and her daughter, Monarika, who was adopted through the Foundation’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program.
Robbin and Steven hadn’t considered adopting two children. But when Rachel, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, told them about Dawson and Dalton, they knew they had to keep the boys together.
“I kept praying for years and years that they wouldn’t take me away from Dalton,” said Dawson. “I was very afraid.”
Today, the brothers are thriving together in their home. Dawson is doing well in school, Dalton’s health has markedly improved (he has both epilepsy and cerebral palsy) and the boys’ laughter fills the house.
DANVILLE, Ohio — If she were to wait for just the right place or occasion, Sariah Brady figures, she might never wear the cherry-red swing coat. So why not grab it for the short walk to the family auto shop?
Sariah’s mom smiles as she and her 18-year-old daughter, an aspiring model, stride past modest houses and work trucks along Washington Street. With her dark curls and high heels and bright coat, Sariah is resplendent against the gray November sky.
For the first time at Bradley Lirette’s Thanksgiving table, he was surrounded by his five children — none of whom he could call his own just four years ago.
Lirette adopted three children — a set of siblings 12, 13 and 18 years old — from foster care in 2016, adding to his already growing family. Three years earlier, he had adopted a pair of siblings, who are now 12 and 17 years old.
Included at the table were the children’s biological parents, Lirette’s ex- and current partner, who have both helped parent the children, and Lirette's own extended family.