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Family Stories About Adoption and Foster Care
Derek and Phyllis Stevens of Harleysville, Penn., founded the parent-support agency Together as Adoptive Parents, Inc. in 1988 after raising four children who were adopted, three of whom had special needs.
New York, New York
When Steven Williams of New York City first set out to adopt, he thought being single and living in a bustling metropolis would pose difficulties. He soon found out he was wrong and is celebrating four years of being a family with his now 14-year-old son Francis.
When Rick Meadows asked his wife Beth to marry him 23 years ago, she blurted out “I want 12 kids!” He replied, “Well, maybe six.” Today they’re working on adopting numbers nine, 10 and 11.
For 26 years, Audrey and Jeff Brown were always under the assumption their purpose in life was to just serve as foster parents. That was until they met Alexander, a 17-year-old boy who changed their life and family forever.
Las Vegas, Nevada
With seven kids from three sets of separate birth parents, Nancy Boulton and Chuck Soberinsky take pride in the blended, single unit their family has become.