A great experience was provided to youth in foster care, their social workers and prospective adoptive families on Saturday, 9/10/16, when the Center hosted a Day of Service Match Event at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey. It was the youth in foster care in New Jersey who asked that they have an opportunity to volunteer to help others. They expressed a strong desire to give back to their communities.
contributed by our Program Director, Christine Jacobs
The Adoption Center has never had a program devoted to creating mentor relationships for youth in foster care --but soon we will! To build the most robust program we can we have been researching the best practices in the field by talking with colleagues who have their own mentor programs for youth in foster care, reading all that we can about other mentoring programs, participating in mentoring-focused conferences and training with MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.
“The children were in awe.” “Another child wanted to know when the next enrichment event would be so she could go.” “My favorite part was seeing the children’s faces intently watching the show.”
The Adoption Center raised $140,000 for the Stan Hochman Compassion-for-Kids Fund which will be used, in part, to create a video raising awareness about the more than 100,000 children in this country who wait to be adopted. Stan worked on the Center’s behalf for more than 30 years to focus attention on the children who lingered in foster care while waiting for someone to give them a permanent home.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend is almost upon us and most people are thinking of BBQs, being with loved ones and honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Western Pennsylvania, some folks are not only thinking about the friends and family they will be seeing this weekend, but also the possible new family members they may meet on June 11th. On that day we will be holding a Match Event for homestudied families to meet teens living in foster care. Through a day of fun-filled activities, like an ice cream social and kickball, the teens and families will learn about each other.
Our Celebration of Family was spectacular thanks to the support of so many! As a guest described, "[it was] Incredible to see so many people from all walks of life who are drawn together to celebrate what #FamilyIS... I was especially moved by the children and their parents, it was incredibly inspirational to see happy kids in forever homes."
April 27 is our Celebration of Family Gala. We’ll be recognizing two members of our Adoption family – the late sportswriter Stan Hochman and The Codkind Family. This is our largest fundraiser of the year, providing much needed support to help find adoptive families for children living in foster care.
A beautiful, sunny, Saturday morning and we were waiting outside the Art Center of Northern New Jersey for Ruth, the director, to open the doors. We were all ready for the day of art to begin. Our Art Match Event with prospective adoptive families and New Jersey youth was planned months ago and it was finally going to happen!
contributed by Santina Devine, Spring Program Assistant
I’ve been working on a project this spring for the National Adoption Center in Philadelphia. My work involves helping to plan two “Match Events” for older youth in the foster care system and families interested in adopting teenagers.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Connelly Foundation, the National Adoption Center will be recruiting desperately needed resource families for the thousands of children and youth who are in foster care (a resource family is another expression to use when referring to foster parents). The work we’ll be doing will focus on particular police districts in the City of Philadelphia and unfortunately, the need far outweighs the supply. In great part due to the epidemic of addiction, there are more children coming into the system than families willing to take them in.