Success Stories

Sofia is a young woman with bubbly personality and this year she found her forever family.

For a time she was living in a foster home with a family who provided her with stability and love, yet Sofia struggled to excel in school and overcome her personal complications. Her adoption team searched her network to identify adults that knew her, who could become her forever family. These searches proved fruitless, so the professionals turned to our services to identify qualified resources for Sofia.

Through one of these services, a family saw Sofia and wanted more information. After resolving some complications, this family was matched with Sofia and after a long awaited journey, they were able to proceed with a placement and eventually an adoption.

Sofia now excels in school. Her personal challenges have been addressed and overcome due to dedication and love of her forever family. #NAM2016 #NationalAdoptionMonth

-Wednesday's Child Philadelphia

In January 2015 on Wednesday's Child we featured a shy, 11 year old boy named John. John loved baseball and was searching for his forever family.

Around the same time that the segment was shot, Jim and Jose were finalizing the adoption of their son Brandon. They talked to their social worker about the possibility of expanding their family, and she suggested they watch that week’s Wednesday’s Child segment – when John would be airing. Jim later said that he knew the minute they saw the segment that John was meant to be part of the family.

Soon Jim and Jose were officially matched with John and visitations began. Jim and Jose now share many great stories about the process of becoming parents to 2 boys. Jim speaks of their determination to become parents to children living in the foster care system. No matter the length of time needed to complete the process, they felt called to this role. Jose tells of the the profound amount of joy his sons bring to the family.

From the son's point of view, John says that he loves belonging to the family, but that it was weird at first. He did say that as soon as he settled in, he knew this was his home.

If you think you could offer the love and support to a child in the foster care system or are just interested in learning more about the process, please contact us at the National Adoption Center.

-Wednesday's Child Philadelphia Success Story

Alexis was featured on Wednesday’s Child in 2006. Lanier and Adam, already parenting several children, decided to become a foster family to a child in need. As most children living in foster care, Alexis came to them dealing with behavioral issues and struggling in school due to instability and other challenges.   
Lanier and Adam worked hard to show her love and accept her as their own.  With much dedication, support, and perseverance, they have proven to Alexis that they are worthy of her love.  Lanier empathically told Alexis “this is your last stop”.  Since then, Alexis has dramatically improved in all areas, including school.        
What is Alexis up to now?  Her adoption just finalized, she graduated as validictorian for her graduating class, and she is involved in cheerleading.  This amazing young lady has hurtled through obstacles, challenges, and unfortunate events in her life.  Thanks to her strength, endurance, resilience, and loving new parents, she has a new life and a hopeful future.

-Wednesday's Child