This year my husband and I will celebrate 36 years together! As a young couple, we had two biological children and thoroughly enjoyed our family. Yet as our children, Margaret and Victor, moved through the teen years, I started thinking of enlarging our family. We agreed we had been blessed in many ways, and Mark and I decided it was right for us to open our home to waiting children. We went through the needed classes and decided as a family to pursue adoption, not foster care. Looking on the Kansas adoption website (www.AdoptKSKids.org), a brother and sister caught our attention. We met Jerrod and Rhonda right after Christmas in 2004 when they were 13 and 9. Read More
My name is Stacey Cowan and my husband’s name is Jerry. We have 12 kids, including his, mine and those we have adopted. Seven of the children still live at home.
Paul, 15, is Jerry’s son. Our adopted children are Marshall, 14; Alexus, 10; Hailey, 7; MaKayla, 7; Chance, 5, and Hayden, 2 1/2. Marshall, Alexus and Hailey are half-siblings. They are Jerry’s sister’s children. MaKayla, Chance and Hayden are also half-siblings.
We adopted Chance first in February 2016. Marshall, Alexus and Hailey were adopted in June 2016. MaKakyla and Hayden were adopted this month. Read More
My husband, Patrick, and I decided to adopt after the foster care route sort of fell into our lap. I am a chiropractor, and I had a couple of patients ask if we would be interested in doing the TIPS-MAPPS class with them because they wanted to adopt a child. We decided we would give it a shot since being pregnant was never on my list of things to do. About half way through our TIPS-MAPPS class the other couple decided to pursue private adoption. They finished the class with us, and we decided to become a licensed foster home. Read More
When I was 11 years old, through no fault of my own, I was place in foster care. I often felt like no one wanted me, and I worried I would never find a family who would love me. I didn’t know what to do, and I felt so lost. My social worker often came to visit me to check in and see how I was doing. I still vividly remember the day she came over to tell me there were three families interested in adopting me! She let me read all of their profiles and pick who I thought I would like. Two of the families were big and hots lots of children, and the third family, Robin, was a single woman with no kids. Robin was a preacher, and I told my social worker I liked her. The next time my social worker came to see me, she told me that Robin was still interested in adopting me! I was so happy and excited to meet her! Read More
My husband and I are high school sweethearts, we met at a very difficult time in my life when I was 16 years old. In 2005 I was on a path of ruin. During this time I was placed in the foster care system for the second time in my young life. I had just been placed in a foster home 4 hours away from my closest friends and family. This separation from my surroundings, I later realized was a blessing in disguise that would become evident in our future. In a town of unfamiliarity Tyler, my husband and I found each other. He was a typical small town boy and I a city girl. We had complete opposite upbringings and you know what they say opposites attract “for us this was true”. Read More
My name is Blake, and I adopted my kids in June of 2014. When I was growing up and in my 20s, I was very “success” oriented. I was driven and cared very much about going to college, getting a good job, and climbing the corporate ladder. Eventually, I obtained a master’s degree in business administration. I got a job I loved as a senior executive. Every few years, I moved, most recently to Kansas City. I fell in love with the area and bought a house. Not too long after that, I began to feel that something was missing. Read More
Hi everyone we are the Reid Family. My name is Jayme and my husband Bilal and I got married almost 2 years ago. Even before we got married we decided that we would look into adopting a child. I wasn’t sure how that all worked so I began surfing the web and requesting information. Bilal and I happen to go to the local farmer’s market and one day there was a booth set up where they were giving out information about fostering children. We took the information to read over before eventually choosing to become foster parents. Read More
We are the Ostrom family. We were married in 2006 and have a blended family with Lon having 2 boys and I, Kathy, having 3 boys. In 2007, we decided to do foster care. I was adopted as an infant and always knew I was adopted. My mother was adopted as well. In 2001, I lost my youngest son to an accident at the age of 3. Unable to have more children and finding Lon who had taught elementary children PE for 35 years, we decided we wanted to do foster care. Read More