Project Adopt Older Kids!
Project Adopt Older Kids! (A-OK!)
Project Adopt Older Kids! (A–OK!)Partnering with youth
A basketball game at an advocacy event led to the meeting between Nathan (age 13) and his future adoptive parent. Nathan had been in foster care for more than 6 years and endured seven different placements by the time he was referred to Kidsave’s Project A-OK! in April 2008. Although he had begun to exhibit anger issues after so much time in the system, his quick wit, enthusiasm, and energy drew the attention of Richard, a potential host parent who had debated for more than 10 years about whether he was ready to adopt a child.
At a Kidsave advocacy event in April 2008, while playing on the same basketball team, a connection between Nathan and Richard sparked. They became an official hosting match in July 2008. Since then, Nathan and Richard have been inseparable – like two peas in a pod – working out at the gym, mountain biking, and playing basketball. Richard also pursued ways to keep their minds active, creating opportunities for educational enrichment and introducing Nathan to the world of art, music, and culture. Hosting days quickly increased from 3 days a week to 5. Richard is consistent and trustworthy, and people have noticed improvements in Nathan’s behavior and overall anger management. By the time August 2008 rolled around, Nathan and Richard were sure this was a perfect match; Nathan moved into Richard’s home on November 14, 2008, and Nathan’s adoption was finalized in March 2010.