From Left to Right, Candice Odom, Selfless Love Foundation; Amy Simpson, Adoption-Share; and Dr. Elizabeth Wynter, celebrating the 100th Family-Match adoption in Florida earlier this year. Picture by ThisisMo Media.
Adoption-Share is a 501(c)(3) organization that leverages technology to help create families. Its recent Family-Match Program utilizes data and predictive models to more efficiently and appropriately match children in foster care with licensed and approved families. With a compatibility assessment developed by the former lead researchers from the online dating site eHarmony, the software utilizes predictive models that help caseworkers with placement and permanency decisions. Through the financial support and strategic partnership of Selfless Love Foundation, families like the Schron's in Florida have embraced nearly 360 children through Family-Match's statewide matching platform and celebrated the adoptions of 140 kids. Finalized adoptions through the Family-Match platform have increased from 38 in year 1 to 102 so far in year 2! This showcases the exponential growth that can be achieved when agencies work together to match children with a larger, state-specific pool of families. We appreciate the way that Adoption-Share has creatively leveraged technology and community partnerships to find forever families for waiting children!
America’s Kids Belong
The America’s Kids Belong team with Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson. Left to Right: Janet Kelly, Brian Mavis, Lori Bruegman, Lynn Johnson, Julie Mavis, Kristin Allender, Ryan Kelly, and the AKB Board Chairman Tim Shirk. Photo by Ken Cedeno.
America’s Kids Belong (AKB) empowers leaders in government, faith, business, and creative communities to solve the crisis for kids in foster care. Two of AKB's signature programs include the I Belong Project™ and the Dream Makers Project. The I Belong Project™ uses high-quality videography to give foster children who are legally free for adoption a face and a voice for individual family recruitment. The Dream Makers Project provides for the basic needs of youth aging out of foster care and also equips them to fulfill their future dreams and career aspirations. We appreciate how America’s Kids Belong is helping to create forever families and making dreams come true for youth transitioning to adulthood!
Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services believes every child deserves to be loved, connected, and empowered through family. They provide an array of social services designed to help families thrive, and their services support the goals that we are working toward in the All-In Adoption Challenge: working to achieve reunification, whenever possible; supporting families pursuing adoption; and providing permanent connections for youth through meaningful mentorship. We appreciate the supportive services offered by Bethany Christian Services that help to achieve permanency for children!
Connect Our Kids
Connect Our Kids is a nonprofit organization committed to developing state-of-the-art software to serve the foster care community. Because of their generous donors, they can offer their technology tools free to lawyers, social workers, family recruiters, and court-appointed special advocate volunteers. Their People Search tool allows child welfare professionals to quickly find contact information for a child’s family and supporters. Their Family Connections tool is a visual tree builder that helps child welfare professionals quickly build a family tree and support network for children in foster care, find contact information, manage the data found, and provide necessary metrics and reports. Connect Our Kids is helping child welfare professionals spend less time on tedious data entry and sharing processes and more time on active family engagement because less paperwork means more social work. We appreciate how Connect Our Kids is All In by helping us find forever families faster and build critical connections for our children and youth in foster care.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Group Photo of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters and supervisors
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national nonprofit public charity, targets its work exclusively on foster care adoption. The foundation has successfully supported agencies in achieving permanency for waiting children through its signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®. Through this program, grants are provided to hire recruiters who use an evidence-based, child-focused recruitment model to find loving, permanent homes for children and youth waiting in foster care. The Foundation also works to raise awareness about the needs of waiting children and has formed meaningful partnerships with child welfare advocates and policymakers to achieve their mission of dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of waiting children in our foster care system. We especially appreciate the work that the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiters do to find and preserve existing connections for children and youth as this has such a positive impact on the well-being of our waiting children!
EPIC 'Ohana, Inc.
N? Kama a H?loa design team (2018), comprising participants from EPIC 'Ohana, Child Welfare Services, Lili'uokalani Trust, Kamehameha Schools, and Co-Creative Consulting
EPIC ‘Ohana, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that has been working to strengthen families and honor family connections in Hawai‘i for many years. N? Kama a H?loa is a creative partnership convened by EPIC that brings together the voices of the indigenous people of Hawai’i (past, present, and future generations), parents, caregivers, youth, and professionals to successfully change the narrative in Hawai'i. N? Kama works to create an environment in the child welfare system that contributes to the reconnection and restoration of a thriving indigenous people. Its goal is that by the year 2023, each Native Hawaiian child and youth (ages 0–26) affected by the foster care system is connected to and can sustain a lasting network of healthy, supportive and enriching relationships. We applaud this collaborative effort that brings together various community partners with a common goal that will enhance the lives of so many Native Hawaiian children and youth!
Foster Care Alliance
Staff of Foster Care Alliance
Foster Care Alliance and their program, Mothers Advocacy Project, is pursuing their mission to practice the values of family, dignity, and generosity in breaking the intergenerational cycle of maltreatment. By providing evidence-based, trauma-focused programs and support to families in the child welfare system and those caring for them, they work to prevent maltreatment, prevent unnecessary foster care entry, and promote reunification. They have an incredible model that integrates services and supports for birth mothers in an effective approach of healing and advocacy for parents. We appreciate the good work they are doing to keep families safely together!
Selfless Love Foundation
Selfless Love is definitely All In when it comes to supporting permanency and well-being for children and youth. Whether that is through strategic partnerships with organizations like Adoption-Share and Children’s Harbor or through their One Voice Impact Initiative (OVI) for transitioning youth, Selfless Love is clearly making a difference. Through OVI, they engage youth currently and formerly in foster care in leadership development opportunities, equipping them to serve as experts as they work alongside child welfare system leaders in developing solutions for various issues. We are so proud of these young leaders and are grateful to Selfless Love for giving our youth an opportunity to shine!
Founded in 2003 by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope is a faith-based organization that exists to care for orphans by engaging the church and reducing barriers to adoption. More than 6,800 children from 65 countries, including the United States, have come to know the love and permanency of a family with the help of a Show Hope adoption aid grant. Additionally, Show Hope’s Pre+Post Adoption Support efforts educate and equip individuals and families to holistically care for children impacted by adoption and foster care. To date, more than 100,000 parents, churches, caregivers, and professionals have been resourced through Show Hope’s Hope for the Journey Conference and Simulcast (formerly the Empowered to Connect Conference). The conference was specifically designed to guide parents and caregivers to a deeper understanding of their children’s needs stemming from loss and early attachment trauma. Hear about the Carvers, a family impacted by Show Hope’s Pre+Post Adoption Support efforts.
Working with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, Show Hope has also helped train more than 1,000 professionals in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), an evidence-based intervention method designed to help meet the needs of children impacted by adoption and foster care.
We appreciate the efforts of Show Hope in supporting families and addressing the well-being needs of children!
Links to organizations are presented for informational purposes only; their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.