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Family Stories About Adoption and Foster Care

Deb Soly and Jill Poirier


Kinship care and adoption have given Deb and Jill's biological child more siblings than they ever planned on, as their family has happily and unexpectedly grown to six.

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The Lewis Family


Traci Lewis adopted her daughters as a single mother, part of what some social workers see as a growing trend in adoption from foster care.

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Dickey Family

Rincon, Georgia

After becoming inspired to adopt during a church mission trip in Mexico helping children whose parents were in prison, Paige and Travis Dickey of Rincon, Georgia, turned to AdoptUSKids. It was through AdoptUSKids' free photolisting of waiting children that the Dickey's found their 15-year-old daughter Brittany.

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Lucien Family

Laurel, Maryland

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.

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Farmer Family

Richmond, Virginia

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.

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