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Family Stories About Adoption and Foster Care
For Traci Lucien, 51, of Laurel, Maryland, the bond formed with her daughter before they ever met. Lucien first laid eyes on her daughter, Talynn, 9, through AdoptUSKids’ national photolisting of children in foster care available for adoption. At the time, Talynn was living in a foster home in another state. They talked on the phone, exchanged letters, but Lucien knew she had to meet this child.
When Barry Farmer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia, first considered fostering, he didn't think beyond providing a temporary, loving home to a child in need. Now, a single dad of a 10-year-old boy he adopted through foster care, Farmer is looking to adopt as many as two more children.
Los Angeles, California
As a writer and actor, Karen Bankhead has developed her own characters as well as landing acting roles on TV shows such as “Will and Grace” and “Gilmore Girls.” Despite not having any parenting experience, being single, and living in the city, Bankhead was able to nail the role of being a mom. What she found along the way is that parenting is something everybody learns by doing.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sheena Munsch of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was young, 15, when she got her first good look at the misery some children endure. Now 26, single, with three adopted children and one foster child living in her home – Munsch still considers herself young. Find out more about her story and her advice for young people interested in adopting and fostering.
Talon Windwalker of Colorado, who is a foster alumnus himself, is helping redefine what home means to his son Steven, 10, who he adopted from foster care four years ago. The two have been traveling the western hemisphere for the last year leading ‘nomad’ lives in the school of the world.