Real Stories

The Woodward Family
Kelli Woodard is a single foster mom to four boys who came to the United States through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. While she is teaching them about life in America, she believes strongly in keeping their own cultural traditions intact and actively engages the boys in local community connections that build those bonds. Her house is full of the music, food, clothing and language of her foster sons’ homelands.
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 Garcia Family
Fernando and Aracely Garcia began their foster care journey thinking they might adopt, but after learning about the large need for foster families, they decided to remain committed to helping Colorado’s children through foster care. They believe in keeping siblings connected and in supporting older children and teens in foster care. They support family reunification with the understanding that biological families and kinship are the ideal resolution to foster care, and they urge everyone ...
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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