Adoption Stories

Adoption Stories

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has one mission: To dramatically increase the number of children adopted from foster care. In the U.S. and Canada there are more than 130,000 children waiting for permanent, loving homes. It only takes one person to change the life of a child.

Read more Foundation adoption stories here or consider donating to help us find forever families for children waiting in foster care.

Content from this campaign

Family Adopts from Foster Care and Gets Shocking Surprise
More than 117,000 children in the United States don’t have the family they deserve. They are living in foster care, hoping to be adopted, hoping to have a safe, warm bed to come home to each night. Every. Single. Foster Care Adoption Story is UNIQUE. The Walker Family has an incredibly special story about their son Ja’Kolby. The Walker family met Ja’Kolby when he was placed with...
May 21, 2018 1:45 PM ET
Every Child Deserves Love
For the past four years, Alex has known the love of a forever family, but for the first five years of his life, things weren’t as happy. Alex was adopted from foster care when he was five. After being moved to different homes, one after the other, he was finally placed with the Moreno-Bell family and knew that he had a permanent, supportive family who wanted to keep him with them...
Apr 30, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Forever, No Matter What
This month's guest blog is about stepping out of your comfort zone in order to be the forever family a young teen deserves. “At that moment, I knew I would be the one human who would be there for her – no matter what. I knew I wanted to hear her call me “mom.” I wanted to help her pick out her prom dress, to teach her to drive, to watch her walk across the graduation stage. Someday, I may be...
Apr 23, 2018 2:05 PM ET
Teenager Adopted from Foster Care after 13 Years
Imagine all your major life milestones happening without your family there to celebrate. That was life for 15-year-old Carlo. He entered foster care as a toddler and for 13 years was bounced home to home without the stability of a permanent address, let alone a loving, permanent family. Finally, at age 15, with the help of a caring adoption recruiter, Carlo was adopted by the...
Apr 16, 2018 11:00 AM ET
Five-year-old Boy Spends More than Four Years in Foster Care Before Being Adopted
Israel is five years old. His mother and father say he makes friends wherever he goes, but it’s a far cry from how his life started. At just five years old, Israel has spent more than four years in foster care. He was put into eight different foster homes, he was separated from his siblings and he was labeled difficult and “unadoptable.” At only three years old, the system gave up on...
Apr 4, 2018 11:00 AM ET