Real Stories

Taylor Family
Maurice and Amber Taylor’s adult children had already left the house when the couple decided to adopt three of their foster children: Max, 9, Tatiana, 8, and Keri, 7. For Maurice, adoption runs in the family – his parents also adopted and he saw firsthand how having a family can change a young person’s life forever. Maurice and Amber continue to foster to provide a safe, loving home for children in Colorado’s foster care system. Maurice ...
Kobylinski Family
Amy and Jessica Kobylinski had already started the process to become foster-to-adopt parents when they read about a Colorado Heart Gallery display at a library in Colorado Springs. This article prompted the couple to contact The Adoption Exchange, where they told an LGBTQ staff advocate about their desire to adopt a teenager. Almost immediately, the couple were interested in adopting Diamond, 17, but it wasn’t until several months later that they were able to meet ...
Robles Family
Himon Robles was a 32-year-old bachelor when his two nieces and nephew moved into his home. Going from an uncle to a parent was an adjustment for Himon and the kids, who were used to their uncle spoiling them and giving them everything they wanted. After caring for the kids for two years, Himon and the kids - Mikayla, 15, Anastaysha, 8, and Joseph, 5 - jumped at the opportunity for adoption. Even though they were already a ...
Nobles Family
Anita and Jeff Nobles were married for 15 years before they grew their family by adopting siblings Imani, 3, and Tyson, 2. Parenting two toddlers is a challenge. Anita and Jeff say that getting through the day and putting the kids to bed at night is a little victory. For the Nobles, parenting is all about trial and error and thinking creatively in order to ensure their children feel safe and have stability. Anita created a visual schedule ...
Camp Family
For 18 years, April and Earl Camp Sr. have been foster parents in Craig. In that time, they have fostered countless children and adopted one child, their 9-year-old daughter, Lucy. April and Earl agree that adoption is a lifelong journey for everyone in their family. Lucy is thriving in their home, and their sons, Earl Jr. (22) and Joshua (37), are proud older brothers. For support on this journey, the Camps turn to the Moffat County Department of ...
The Moses Family
Kim and Jesse Moses understand the importance of staying connected to the kids who have been in their care and their extended families. That’s one reason they rent a rec center every year to host a reunion. As foster and adoptive parents, Kim and Jesse have a large extended family and they always have the welcome mat out at their ranch in Calhan, Colorado.
Lucero Family
Anna Lucero and her adult son Joseph are a part of Colorado’s new Treatment Foster Care program. Treatment Foster Care parents are highly trained to provide more intensive care and treatment for young people who have complex needs. The Luceros work closely with the young people they care for to overcome past traumatic experiences and learn independent living skills. Like all Treatment Foster Care parents, the Luceros have a professional team that provides them ...
Holguin Family
Ventura and Juan Carlos Holguin became foster parents four years ago when they moved to Colorado from Arizona. Ventura says that caring for children in foster care is not difficult, because when children come into her home, they become family. The Holguins’ sons have become brothers to the children in foster care who live with them, and the boys help their parents a great deal. Ventura says that even though Spanish is her first language, ...

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