Real Stories

Williams Family
Thirteen years ago, Margie and Rob Williams adopted three siblings who were on the Colorado Heart Gallery, a traveling display and online photo gallery at coheartgallery.org that includes portraits and videos of children and teens waiting to be adopted. Once their children were grown and out of the house, the Williams decided to become recertified as foster parents. They have chosen primarily to care for siblings, because they know how important it is to ...
Cook Family
Jeff and Jamie Cook work closely with their child placement agency to provide one-on-one support and treatment to a young person in foster care. Jeff is a physician and Jamie is a former nurse who now stays home. Their medical backgrounds and experience help them support a young person in overcoming past traumatic experiences in order to reach their full potential.
Gonzales Family Story
Heather and Ben Gonzales had been foster parents for eight years when a group of five siblings were placed with them. They had no intention of adopting, but when the siblings they had cared for were available for adoption, Heather and Ben knew they had to adopt and keep the kids together. Keeping siblings together is so important, Heather says, because siblings are the only stability children who have been in foster care can count ...
Cathy C.
Cathy adopted seven-year-old daughter Erin when Erin was 3. Cathy immediately became Erin’s strongest advocate, even before the adoption was finalized. Having spent her entire career as a teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, Cathy was confident that she could help Erin, who is hearing impaired. They started with cochlear implants, teaching sign language and, finally, Cathy successfully advocated for Erin to learn spoken English in school. As doctor appointments revealed ...
The McRae Family
Olive and Sean McRae had been married for nearly a decade when they adopted their son, Jake. Olive had always been interested in adoption, but it was seeing his own sister adopt a child that opened Sean up to what he describes as the “beauty of foster care and adoption.” Both teachers, Olive and Sean understood that Jake would need time to adjust to their Elbert home as well as additional supports to encourage attachment ...
The Mink Family
Chris and Noël Mink opened their home to their first adoptive son, Jeremiah, when he was 3. Jeremiah became a big brother when his parents adopted his sister Lexi when she was 2. Next came 17-year-old Autumn, who was adopted on National Adoption Day in 2015. ​ Their commitment to their children’s well-being is one reason that Chris and Noel encourage connections with biological families. The Minks and their children stay in touch with biological families through ...
The Black Family Story
Megan and James Black met their adopted son, Trenton, when he was in first grade. Trenton and the Black family’s biological son, Mikey, were best friends. Together with their children, Megan and James decided to adopt Trenton if there was ever an opportunity. Three years later, they started the adoption process. After learning that Trenton’s younger biological sister, Anna, also needed an adoptive family, Megan and James welcomed her into their family. When ...

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