Author: Rita Soronen


Planes, Trains, and Foster Care Adoption

I travel in my job. A lot. And I adore it – or at least the work at either end of the ride. As we aggressively drive to assure that our most vulnerable children and youth have every opportunity for a safe, nurturing and permanent home, whether they are in Oregon or Vermont, Toronto or Miami, I have the opportunity to m...

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Imagine

Can you imagine being a five-year-old and learning that the world is violent as your body is battered and bruised at the hand of those who should love you most? Can you imagine waking in the morning at age twelve and facing a day without food or heat or adequate clothing and having to take care of your younger brothers...

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Adopting an Older Child from Foster Care

Home. T.S. Eliot said, "Home is where one starts from." Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz wistfully repeated, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home." And when tuning into any radio station, it only take a few minutes to hear lyrics like Michael Buble's as he sings, "I just wanna go home. Let me go home....

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Every Child Is Adoptable

At age 16, after 12 years in foster care and with her 18th birthday nearing, Amanda was asked by a judge, "What do you want?" Never having been asked that question before, through all the court hearings and meetings that had occurred on her behalf, Amanda looked at the judge and said "I want what everyone wants. I want a family. I...

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Adoption Support: Embrace the Village!

Thinking about adopting can be challenging as you sort through the necessary steps, from completing a home study to connecting with social workers and from filing appropriate paperwork to appearing in court. Of course, every step is worth the final decree declaring your family permanent . . . but there are times you may feel alone in the process or uncertain about where...

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