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5 Soul-Inspiring Adoption Stories to Wrap Up Your Week


(L-R) Stacie Campbell, Reyn Gaylord and Allissa Perez were on hand to celebrate with our families and their children during Austin Adoption Day.

We’re kicking off a new, weekly series to share the latest foster care, adoption, and education news from around the country. So make sure you bookmark our blog page as your shortcut to weekly inspiration and noteworthy reads.

To celebrate National Adoption Month, this week we bring you five soul-inspiring adoption stories:

  1. Four women, including Austin resident Jamie Ivey, told their adoption stories in Women’s Health Magazine…READ THE WHOLE STORY 
  2. Author and savvy saving mama Kelly Hancock reveals two unspoken fears many families have about adoption and explains how her family overcame them…READ THE WHOLE STORY
  3. Illinois State University student Ashley Shannon explains how adoption, and her family’s love of God, changed her life and gave her and a brother a brighter future…READ THE WHOLE STORY
  4. Lynne and Bill Conrad share why they felt led to welcome seven children into their home through adoption…READ THE WHOLE STORY
  5. Shannon H. from Clyde, Texas says her four children, aptly named Hope, Joy, Faith and Grace, didn’t grow in her tummy, but they certainly grew in her heart…READ THE WHOLE STORY

Yellow brick road leads to forever homes

adoption storiesDuring yesterday’s Austin Adoption Day festivities, judges pounded gavels and gave 44 children, including five children served by Upbring, the forever homes they deserve.

Against a backdrop of face-painting booths, magic shows, Wizard of Oz characters and courtrooms filled with stuffed animals, the legal proceedings seemed like a formality. In each parent’s heart, the children were already part of their family.

“The real stars of Adoption Day are the families,” said Denise Hyde, chair of the Austin Bar’s Adoption Day Committee. They opened their hearts and their homes to create new families.”

Why not you?

Even with yesterday’s event, 119 children in Travis County, along with 4,000 statewide, are waiting for safe, forever homes.

DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman encouraged everyone to ask themselves this question: “Why can’t I adopt? What can I do to help these children?”

If you want to surround a child with love and compassion, learn more about becoming a foster parent, and explore our domestic adoption and international adoption services.

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