In 1956 Lois Nelson, a 16-year-old high school junior, walked into the Salvation Army Booth Women’s Home and Hospital, a safe haven for unwed mothers, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Before she knew she was pregnant, Lois ended her relationship with the child’s father. By the time she told him, he had married his new girlfriend.
Just after a judge declared the adoption of their two sons was official, Britni and Karl Lane took a photograph to celebrate and record the significant moment. The parents and the two boys, 3-year-old Oliver and 2-year-old Sullivan, are bundled up in coats and showing off big smiles. There’s neither a judge nor a courtroom
It seems appropriate that a man named Roger Toogood believes that life is filled with opportunities “to do good.” As executive director of Children’s Home for almost 30 years, Roger was a visionary who found himself at the right place and at the right time to make a difference in the arena he was most
Though 92-year-old Betty says she hasn’t “thought about adoption for a long time,” the ripples of how adoption touched her life are throughout her home. Photos of smiling children and grandchildren grace her fireplace mantle. A close up of her and her husband’s hands hangs in the kitchen – a visual reminder of the years
Connie has a pretty simple answer to the question, why did you adopt? Her response, “We have big hearts and we have big hope.” Over the last 25 years, she and her husband Blair have adopted eight children through foster care and private adoptions. Their growing family doesn’t stop there—they are now grandparents as well.
To say that 15-year-old Jahnia loves music is an understatement. Attending choir class is the highlight of her school day. She got a taste of the stage last year in her high school’s musical and now hopes to be more involved in the drama program or to perform in a show choir where she can
This sibling group dreams of joining an adoptive family and having a family movie night to watch Narnia, their favorite film. The oldest brother, A, is 15 years old. An artist at heart, he loves arts, crafts and dance. He’s frequently found carrying around a notebook with markers or colored pencils to draw. Though initially
Though a fan of routine, Sean is always up for a new adventure. These “adventures” can be chances to explore new locations—like a trip to Maritime park—or even new toys—like a trip to Target to try out the new Nintendo Switch. This 13 year old’s adventurous spirit often brings him outdoors. At his last foster
This toddler’s favorite activity is to cuddle with his caregivers. When he’s not wrapped in someone’s arms, he likes to play with colorful toys and tries to reach for items in front of him. At one and a half, he’s rather quiet but he’s always ready to share a smile with those around him. GENERAL
With beautiful, curly hair and a preppy style, Aaron is a 14 year old in foster care who loves to be around others. “When you’re around him, you can’t help but smile,” shares is Child-Specific Recruiter Kathy. Aaron smiles a lot, too. He likes to listen to music and nursery songs on TV. He sports