News and announcements

"A Family Adds Five Children, Special Needs and All"

February 26, 2016

This New York Times article shares the story of how a Texas family who was ready to take a break from fostering ended up adopting five children—bringing the total number of children in their home to seven.

Why we opened our home to more than 40 foster kids

January 14, 2016

"You only hear about the negative stories of fostering, which is a shame, because there are so many great successes.​" A Massachusetts family describes the challenges and rewards of being foster parents in this Good Housekeeping magazine article.

AdoptUSKids featured in People magazine

December 04, 2015

The current People magazine includes an interview with AdoptUSKids National Project Director Kathy Ledesma offering answers to the "big questions" about adoption.

"I know that I'm loved and that I belong"

November 30, 2015

Foster youth advocate and AdoptUSKids spokesperson Mary Lee writes about the experience of being adopted as a teen and what family means to her in a Huffington Post column.

New PSAs raise awareness of adopting older youth

November 03, 2015

The US Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of public service advertisements today designed to continue to encourage the adoption of children from foster care, with an emphasis on the need for families for older youth.

New foster care app educates caregivers and youth

September 16, 2015

The new "FOCUS on Foster Families" app provides resources and information to foster caregivers and youth in care. Hundreds of video resources feature foster care alumni and parents sharing advice.

Treatment options for youth who have experienced trauma

August 05, 2015

A new Children’s Bureau resource, Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment, and Psychotropic Medications, contains information for caregivers and caseworkers about identifying appropriate mental health treatment.

Potential wins for foster youth in No Child Left Behind rewrite

July 20, 2015

Both chambers of Congress have passed a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act that would address school stability and graduation rates for children in foster care.

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