A network of adoptive families, birth families, and adoption professionals which exists to improve the lives of children and others touched by adoption through support and education. UFA is actively engaged in community outreach and advocacy to raise awareness of adoption as a loving option.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A look at The Utah Foster Care Foundation Chalk Art Festival.



Have you ever been to the
Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival?

If your answer is no...here is your chance to view the great pieces of art.
There is some amazing talent.

You can go to the Utah Foster Care Foundation site to see more or click here.#224 | MCKENNA AND HALLE

Monday, July 29, 2013

Matching Mondays ~ Handsome and Athletic teen dreaming of a family.



Today we would like to tell you about
Fadhili age 13.
A natural athlete and leader, Fadhili can often be found on the field or court. While he loves all sports, football and basketball are easily his favorites. Fadhili does his best to treat others with respect and fairness and hopes for the same in return. Music and dance are other interests of this talented and outgoing guy. Using humor to overcome life’s trials and hardships, Fadhili is known for his resilient nature. He has many goals and dreams, but his greatest hope is to have a family of his own.

Fadhili is in the eighth grade and benefits from an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). He is in counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

If your family is interested in this charming, talented lad, we urge you to inquire. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services.

This is a LEGAL RISK ADOPTIVE PLACEMENT. In a legal risk adoptive placement, it is expected that the family will eventually adopt the child, even though the birth parents’ rights have not been fully terminated at the time of placement. 

For Utah children, only homestudied families from all states are encouraged to inquire.
You can inquire about Katie by clicking on her name above to go to her profile page or you can contact The Utah Adoption Exchange by calling:  801.265.0444

Please share Fadhili's information with others...lets help him find a forever family!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Photo: Opening Adoptions.

"Opening our children's adoptions was like opening a window for even more blessings to flow."

                                               Quote by: Brenda Horrocks ~adoptive mom & UFA Co-Chair
                                                             Photo of Brenda and her daughters Birth Mothers.


Do you have a photo and/or quote you'd like to share? Send it to us and we'll post it here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Getting to know the UFA Board.

Today we introduce you to the AMAZING
Tamra Hyde.
Tamra serves on our UFA Board.
We are so lucky to have her!
Tamra
Tamra Hyde was raised in Memphis, TN, the second of 8 children. She enjoys dance, travel, hiking, shopping, live music, documentaries, ice cream, and her 15 nieces and nephews. Her interests include fashion, natural nutrition and medicines, and primitive/wilderness/sustainability/survival skills. 
Her adoption story began May 15 of 1996 when she sent her little boy home to his eternal family. Having placed so early in this new and evolving generation of adoption, agency policy dictated that her and her new friends would not be allowed frequent or long term correspondence, and they have been lost to each other for over 11 years. Being a time when birthparents still met resistance in having a voice, Tamra was determined to be a part of representing the thus far under represented group and inviting hearts and minds to change. She is sad for what she's missed and for all of the birthparents and adoptive families who were involuntarily estranged by the adoption system of the past but has been thrilled to watch and be a part of the evolution that has brought us greater understanding and opportunity. She is compelled to share with others the education that changed her life and made her instrumental in the forming of a family.
Tamra has served on local FSA boards, helped organize conferences and plan events, and facilitated expectant parent groups. She has shared her story in a video as well as the written word on Itsaboutlove.org, as a guest on a talk radio show for National adoptionMonth, over 58,000 times through 2 popular youtube videos, on her own blog, and in a brochure to promote adoption. Tamra has given presentations in high schools, ecclesiastical trainings, to congregations, MSW students, and at local, regional and national conferences. She has had an article published in The Exponent II and has been interviewed and quoted by The Ensign, Deseret News, her local newspaper, and many blogs. Tamra was recently the key note speaker at the FSA Southwest Regional Conference and in 2009 was honored by FSA with the Friends of Adoption Award. But her greatest reward has come from the relationships that have been built as she's mentored or served with individual adoptive and birth parents.
Tamra is defined by her family, her faith, and her calling to be a birthparent and adoption advocate!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Matching Mondays ~Katie age 16 would love to be part of a family!

Posted by: Brenda Horrocks ~UFA Co-Chair
As the warm days roll on we are getting closer to the beginning of the school year for some areas and other areas are starting their new school year this month.  Children in Foster Care have the same needs as all other children.....new clothes, shoes and school supplies.   You can donate these items new or gently used to the Utah Foster Care Foundation.  You can contact your local UFCF office to find out where to take your donations. 

You can find your region's UFCF office by going to here
Click on the map for your area and it will take you to your region's web page.
If you live outside of Utah contact your local Department of Family/Child Services to find a donation location!  
Every child wants to feel their very best when they start their first day of school.
This is especially important for children who are in care...their world has changed all around them. 

We can help them have a great start at school this year!!!


Today I would like to introduce you to
Katie age 16!
Katie W.
Keeping active is a big part of this fun girl’s life, and she can often be found playing softball, soccer, or cheering on her team. With an interest in diesel mechanics and learning a trade through Job Corps, this ambitious lass has great plans for her future. Outgoing and personable, Katie has an easy time making friends and greatly desires to be part of a family.

Attending the eleventh grade this year, Katie is doing well and would excel from an academically supportive environment. She benefits from counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

Based on the Indian Child Welfare Act, the caseworker will give priority to all Native American homes. If your family feels that they can provide Katie with the consistency, love and support she needs, we urge you to inquire. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services.

This is a LEGAL RISK ADOPTIVE PLACEMENT. In a legal risk placement, it is expected that the family will eventually adopt the child, even though the birth parent’s rights have not been fully terminated at the time of placement.

For Utah children, only home studied families from all states are encouraged to inquire.
You can inquire about Katie by clicking on her name above to go to her profile page or you can contact The Utah Adoption Exchange by calling:  801.265.0444

Please share Katie's information with others...lets help her find a family just right for her!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Getting to know the UFA Board.

Today we introduce you to
Tyler & Mandy Whitaker ~UFA Vice Chairs
(and our website guru...what would we do with out you Tyler?!)

Tyler and Mandy Whitaker have a deep love for adoption. Mandy’s history with adoption starts at birth. She and her brothers were adopted as infants. And now that Tyler and Mandy have adopted two children of their own you could say that adoption runs in their family. As active members of Families Supporting Adoption, Mandy served as the education chair in their local chapter for 7 years. In 2007, Tyler and Mandy were invited to serve on the National Board and then the Executive Board for Families Supporting Adoption until their release in 2012. They have a passion for the miracle of adoption. Mandy has a Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Utah University. Tyler is the CTO/COO for Leading2Lean, a local manufacturing software company. He has a Computer Science Degree from Brigham Young University.

                                                                                                                               Posted by: Brenda Horrocks ~UFA Co-Chair

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nominations Sought for Adoption Excellence Awards

Do you know of someone who is actively trying to help waiting children find a forever family?
If your answer is yes here is a great opportunity to let them know what an awesome job they are doing!  


The Adoption Excellence Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for children in U.S. foster care. These annual awards honor states, agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, individuals, and families making key contributions to increasing the number of children from foster care who are adopted or placed in other permanent families. Award categories are:
  • family contributions
  • individuals/professionals
  • business contributions/initiatives
  • social media/public awareness of adoption from foster care
  • child welfare/judicial systemic change
The deadline for nominations is July 31.
Learn more and access nomination forms

 
Posted by Brenda Horrocks ~UFA Co-Chair
Information  taken from NACAC Newsletter.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Matching Mondays ~ Michael age 15 would love to be adopted!

Post written by:  Brenda Horrocks ~UFA Co-Chair
A Day for Wednesday's Child is coming up on August 22nd.  Tune into KSL during each newscast.
All funds raised go directly to program services.   .96 cents of every dollar goes to help recruit families for over 150 Utah children waiting in foster care.
Go to KSL's  website for more information!
Thanks KSL for supporting Utah's children! 
Michael S.
Today I would like to introduce you to
Michael age 15.
This respectful young man strives to get things done in a timely manner. Michael truly enjoys the benefits that can come from his efforts. Being outside, participating in recreational activities, exercising and spending time with friends are a few of his favorite ways to spend the day. Optimistic about the future he hopes to one day join the Marines.

Michael is in eighth grade and would benefit from an academically supportive environment. He currently attends counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

If your family can offer him the support, compassion and respect he deserves, we urge you to inquire. Michael would like a family who will allow him to continue contact with his sister. Financial assistance may be provided for adoption-related services.

For Utah children, only homestudied
families from all states are encouraged to inquire.

If you would like more information about Michael please click on his name above and inquire through his profile page or call The Utah Adoption Exchange at 801.265.0444.
Please share this post with those in your social media networks!
Let's help Michael by finding a family that is just right for him!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Father and Baby.

https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=377fc25bf5&view=att&th=13f301cf3bab209f&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_hhs7ib9n0&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P8U4lHWzjWKxy68cra5KScP&sadet=1373234164124&sads=st58aQK4qyNWbU0VY2pK1vSQTOc&sadssc=1
"In the baby lies the future of the world. Mother must hold the baby close so that the baby knows it is his world but the father must take him to the highest hill so that he can see what his world is like."
~Mayan Indian Proverb

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Getting to Know the UFA Board.

Today we introduce you to our amazing
UFA Secretaries
Matt & Christine Oldroyd.
UFA is so lucky to have these two!

Matt and Christine Oldroyd have gladly joined forces with United For Adoption as Secretaries after having served many years on both the National and Local Families Supporting Adoption boards.  They served as the education chairs in their local chapter starting in 2000, and joined the forces of the Executive Committee of Families Supporting Adoption as Co-Secretaries, serving there happily for over 5 years.  They have been panelists on waiting and openness at annual conferences and have mentored many other couples in their beginning journey towards their own adoption miracles.
They are the parents of 4 children, the oldest two coming through the miracle of adoption.  After having experienced the miracle of childbirth, they have gained a greater love and admiration for all birth families making adoption plans for their children and placing them in loving homes!  Adoption also runs in their families as they have family on both sides that have grown their families through adoption; 6 nieces and nephews, and counting…!
They have also had the rewarding experience of pioneering fully-open adoptions and now enjoy wonderful open relationships with their birthmothers and their extended birth-families!  This openness in their adoptions has proved to be a very rewarding and healthy path for everyone involved!  They wouldn’t have it any other way!
Christine manages to juggle her time as a billing manager and receptionist at a medical office and as a homemaker and full-time mom. Matt is a self-proclaimed computer nerd, enjoying his long-term work also in the healthcare field, and is an incredible hands-on daddy to his children!  They have had the privilege of serving in leadership in the community as well, in both the boy/cub and girl scout programs.    Children are a huge part of their lives and they feel blessed to know and love so many of them!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Meet Me Halfway".


Have you ever heard of Project
"Meet Me Halfway"?

I hadn't until last week.   This is an amazing effort one person started just by walking.  Take time to learn more about how a country music star took time away from his career to walk for children who are getting ready to leave foster care with no one to help them start their adult life and adult responsibilities.
Meet Me Halfway is very touching but it is also motivating.

Next week we will share some things YOU can do to help teens who are heading out of foster care and into life. 
Each of us can make a difference in the life of a child!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Building Trust with your Foster Child.

Photo:  "Trust" by Victor Nuno (Courtesy of Flickr)
  Post by:  Dr. John DeGarmo
A few months back, I had a foster teen placed in my home, one who came from a life of hardships and betrayals. To be sure, this young teenage boy had been lied to so many times by his mother and various step fathers, had been abused by some of the step fathers, and had been neglected by his mother for much of his young life. It was no wonder that when he was placed into my home, he did not trust me or my wife. Indeed, why should he trust us? This young boy, who had been hurt so deeply in various ways, did not know my family, and did not want to be placed into our home. After all, we were strangers to him. As a result, there were a great many issues of trust in our home for the first few weeks and months, and it resulted in a time of stress for not only my wife and I, but for all in the house.
When a child is suddenly taken from his home, and from his family, and placed in a home against his will, there are bound to be issues of trust. One way to combat this is to create a trusting and nurturing environment within your own home. Let your foster child know as early as possible that he is welcome in your house. Along with this, you will want to let your foster child know that your house is a safe one, and that he will not come to harm in your home. Not only do you want to let your foster child know this when he joins your family, it is just as important to remind him of this as often as possible. You want to show your foster child that you value him as a person, and that he is important. What he says, what he thinks, what he believes; your foster child needs to realize that all of these are important. For some children, this might be a new experience, as they have never been shown value before.
Trust can also be built by showing your foster child that you care for him. Building a trusting relationship means showing your foster child that you are concerned for his well being, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Showing compassion for your foster child is an important part of building a healthy relationship, as he needs to know and feel that you care for him. After all, close relationships between children and adults is a central part of avoiding further risky behavior. Trust, though, does take time, and for some foster children, it may take a very long period of time. Remember, you are planting seeds, here; seeds of trust that you may never see come to fruition.

 Dr. John DeGarmo has been a foster parent for 11 years, now, and he and his wife have had over 40 children come through their home.   He is a speaker and trainer on many topics about the foster care system, and travels around the nation delivering passionate, dynamic, energetic, and informative presentations.  Dr. DeGarmo is the author of Fostering Love: One Foster Parent’s Story, and the new book The Foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe and Stable Home.  He also writes for a number of publications and newsletters, both here in the United States, and overseas.  Dr. DeGarmo can be contacted at drjohndegarmo@gmail, through his Facebook page, Dr. John DeGarmo, or at his website, www.drejohndegarmo.com.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Matching Mondays ~ Meet Jordan!

 We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day and weekend!   There is nothing like getting together with those you love to celebrate our Nation's Birthday.

Today I would like to introduce you to a handsome 9 year old who enjoys LEGOs and the outdoors!  Please take a moment to learn about Jordan.  If you feel like you might be the family for him contact the Utah Adoption Exchange at Ph.801.265.0444 or inquire through his profile page by clicking on his name below.

Please share Jordan's hopes for a family by sharing this post on your  social media pages.   You could be the link to Jordan's forever family.

 


Jordan age 9.
This loveable young boy is Jordan.
He enjoys joking around and being playful. He is an imaginative and creative lad who can often be found drawing, building with LEGOs or playing with other toys. Also fond of being outdoors, he loves fishing and riding his bike.

Jordan is currently in the second grade and participates in an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). He would benefit from parents who can support him academically. Jordan is attending counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

This youngster is ready to be adopted and to have a forever family he can call his own. Jordan needs a structured and stable home that will provide him with safety, security, and love. If your family is interested in this fun boy, we urge you to inquire. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. 

For Utah children, only homestudied families from all states are encouraged to inquire.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Education Opportunity

NACAC is hosting webinars taught by experienced individuals who are adoption professionals and adoptive parents. Each is an acclaimed speaker who has received rave reviews at the NACAC conference and other speaking venues. UFA will keep you informed of upcoming sessions and details. The next webinar presented will be:

Helping Children Heal from Trauma: What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know
— by Sue Badeau
— Thursday, July 18

image by Stuart Miles

All sessions are at 7 pm central time (5 PM Pacific, 6 PM Mountain, 8 PM Eastern). Fees for each webinar are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. Even if you cannot attend the session in person, you can still register and receive a recorded version of the session after it's over. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request.

Learn more at www.nacac.org/



If you know of other upcoming educational opportunities, tell us and we'll spread the word.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Eternally Ours


Our daughter on the steps of the temple after being sealed to us! 
- Jessica Moon, Utah


Do you have a photo to share? Send it to us.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Every Child Needs a Family.

There are so many children in foster care who are waiting for a family to love them and call them their own. They need our help to make connections with potential adoptive families. Whether you are hoping to adopt or just want to help there is a place and a way for you to help a waiting child.
They need us!!


If you would like to adopt a waiting child or volunteer to help please contact
The Utah Adoption Exchange or The Adoption exchange location nearest you.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Introducing Matching Mondays


Post by: Brenda Horrocks ~ UFA Co-Chair
Today we begin a new thread.
(Don't fear...you will still see beautiful adoption photos each Friday rather than on Mondays.)
Each Monday we will introduce you to a Utah child who is in need of a family.
I call it
"Matching Mondays".
Matching Mondays is special to my heart. 
Brad and I became foster parents in 2007 in hopes that someday we would get to adopt. I started searching all the waiting children out of curiosity. My heart became sick by what I saw....hundreds of waiting children. I never understood how many children were in need here in America. I would look at these sites at night after my kids went to bed and I was having my "down time". I ended up losing sleep as I would try to close my eyes all I saw was all of the faces of the children who needed a home, parents and love. I decided to post a few on my blog and then I sent emails to friends. One of my friends said she would post the children on her site too. I decided to call this project "Matching Mondays". 

You can also find Matching Mondays at The R House and at my own blog Another Small Adventures



As I was looking through Utah's waiting children these darling girls stood out to me.  Please take a moment and read about them and share their hopes with others.

Katie age 13.

This talkative and engaging young woman is Katie. Good-humored and personable, Katie enjoys being outdoors and going on hikes. Katie is very fond of music and can often be found playing the guitar or singing. She has great aspirations for her future and would one day like to attend college. With empathy for others and a great laugh, Katie can really brighten up your day!

In the eighth grade this year, Katie is performing at grade level in school and would benefit from an academically supportive household. She is currently in counseling, which will need to continue after placement. 

If your family can provide Katie with a nurturing and supportive environment, we urge you to inquire. Financial 
assistance may be available for 
adoption-related services. 



Sara age 15. 

Sara is one vivacious and personable teen! With a strong commitment to both her school work and her extracurricular activities, she is determined to succeed in all she does. Caring and nurturing, this young woman is a helpful person and communicates effectively with peers and adults. When she’s not listening to music or playing soccer, she can be found camping or working out at the gym. Sara enjoys fashion and is incredibly resourceful and independent.



In the eleventh grade this year, Sara is performing well and is on track to graduate. She is currently participating in counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

If your family can provide Sara with a loving, committed, supportive environment, we urge you to inquire. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services.

~
Help celebrate The Adoption Exchange's annual telethon,
A Day for Wednesday's Child.
August 22nd tune into KSL during each newscast.
All funds raised go directly to program services.   .96 cents of every dollar goes to help recruit families for over 150 Utah children waiting in foster care.

Tune into KSLon Wednesday August 22nd during each newscast.
Go to KSL's  website for more information!
Thanks KSL for supporting Utah's children! 

Google Analytics

ShareThis

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...