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I Was An Adopted or Fostered Child

Did you grow up in foster care or were you adopted as a child? If so, here are some resources to help you process the ups and downs you may have faced and find healing.

Placing Trust in God as a Former Foster Youth

To commemorate National Foster Care Month, former foster youth Shreya Ramachandran shares her story of finding hope and healing in Christ.

Stephanie Fast

Stephanie shares her orphan story in the hopes that it will bear witness to the tremendous impact that just one person can have on this global crisis. Stephanie has made it her life’s work to try to help rescue every orphan out there—terrified, hungry, hurting, abused. If you believe that how we treat the most vulnerable among us determines our own humanity you will want to read Stephanie’s book—you will want to get to know Stephanie’s story.

Dorie: The Girl Nobody Loved

"Someone has said that when you have nothing left but God, you realize that God is enough. God had stood beside me when no one else wanted me. He was not going to abandon me now. God would have to heal the emotional pain that throbbed through my body." As a child, Dorie was rejected by her mother, sent to live in an orphanage where she was regularly beaten by the orphanage director, was beaten time and again by cruel foster parents, and was daily told that she was ugly and unlovable. Dorie never knew love until a group of college students visited the orphanage and told her that God loved her. As she accepted that love, her life began to change.

Unveiling the Heart of an Abandoned Child (Part 1 of 2)

Rob Mitchell, author of Castaway Kid, discusses the childhood struggles he experienced as an orphan. (Part 1 of 2)

Adult Adoptees - Adult Adoptee Support

Post adoption services for adult adoptees. Holt provides lifelong support to all adoptees whether they were adopted through Holt — or not.

Adopted Individuals - National Council For Adoption

Being adopted is a significant part of your story, and we understand it comes with complex emotions and experiences. Whether you’re looking to connect with other adopted individuals, find therapeutic resources, or get advice on how to navigate the search and reunion process, NCFA is a trusted source here to help.

How God Used My Foster Parents to Change My Life

Before entering foster care, Autumn's left felt out of control. That changed when she met her foster parents.

Independent Living & VentureON - Sunrise Children's Services

Sunrise has created an innovative and lifechanging Independent Living program for 18-to-21 year-olds who have aged out of the state’s care. As a participant, you will be given the tools you need to build your own future as an independent adult through one of our multiple programs located across Kentucky.

Lifeline Counseling - Lifeline Children's Services

Lifeline Counseling seeks to help families thrive and to serve families holistically; knowing that one part of the family impacts all of the others. Our therapists understand that adoption and foster care can be challenging and we want to help.

Discovering My Worth as a Former Foster Youth

Reuben Watson is a former foster youth. This is how he found his worth in Christ after being adopted from foster care.

Post-adoption support when you need it

Many adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents need support after an adoption is finalized. We're here for you with post-adoption services.

The Challenges of Life After Adoption from Foster Care

May is National Foster Care Month. This is Jose Souza's story of facing challenges after his adoption from foster care.

God Wanted Me When the Foster-Care System Didn’t

I bounced from home to home before finding the Father my heart yearned for.

Walk to Beautiful

Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets.

Post-Adoption Services: Acknowledging and Dealing with Loss

The word “adoption” often conjures up joyful images of families coming together, created out of an abundance of love....But what about the other side of adoption – the side that can often involve complicated feelings of loss and grief and, sometimes, lifelong unanswered questions? Losses are inherent in adoption.

Support Services for Youth in Transition: Employment - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Offers resources that address ways to help transitioning youth receive appropriate job training, learn job application and interviewing skills, and maintain a rewarding career.

My Perfect House: A Foster Care Story

It wasn’t until the summer of 2005, that I came to a major conclusion about my life: foster care saved me from a horrendous future.

What Does Adoption Mean to an Adult Adoptee? | Adoption Network | Adoption Network

Potential issues that adult adoptees often have to overcome including missing medical information and cultural disconnect.

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