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Opening the conversation

As Brendan and Ciera considered adoption, they assumed they would adopt in birth order—meaning children younger than their two biological kids. But they were soon moved by the high rates of homelessness for teen boys in their community.

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Seven ways to welcome a child in foster care into your home

You’ll learn simple actions to prepare for a new foster placement, such as preparing their bedroom, how to talk to children already in the house, and how to ask for help.

Navigating the dramatic decline in infant adoption: How Bethany is responding and shifting

In response to the declining number of infants available for adoption, Bethany is shifting programming and investing in services that safely keep families together.

Self-care for social workers

Yesenia Fermin, Bethany’s director of culture and belonging offers 4 ways social workers can build resilience—and why it matters for self-care.

Loving a child will change your life

When considering adoption, prospective parents may be looking (consciously or unconsciously) for a child who will “fit” their family. But waiting children in foster care need families who will make room for them and welcome them as they are.

Is my open adoption safe?

Adoptive parents may wonder if it’s safe for their child to have an open relationship with birth parents who have a history of substance use. These questions and tips will help you set boundaries and adjust expectations.

Helping an Ethiopian orphan find a home

When Ethiopian police found young Ajani abandoned, Bethany supporters stepped in to help Maaza adopt him into her home.

Caring Connection grant supports Peyton’s medical needs

When Peyton was born, his adoptive parents quickly learned they would need to alter their financial plans to provide for his medical needs. That’s when Bethany donors stepped in.

I was so eager for a family

After waiting seven years to be adopted, Mallory was 14 when she finally found a family of her own. Her story gives a voice to other waiting teens who need a family.

Falling in love with Mallory

When Lisa Marie decided to adopt a teenager through foster care, she realized there was no guide for how to fall in love with her daughter.

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