Family Adopts from Foster Care and Gets Shocking Surprise

May 21, 2018 2:45 PM ET
Campaign: Adoption Stories

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 friends of theirs who were foster parents. He was 18 months old. They immediately felt connected to him, and began the process to become licensed foster parents so that they could adopt him. That's when they discovered that Ja'Kolby was a distant relative, and qualified for kinship placement. The Walkers officially adopted Ja’Kolby in December, 2016 and today he is a happy, healthy 4-year-old.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions from foster care. We will not stop until every child has the family they deserve.

To learn more about how you can help find forever families for children in foster care, visit