End the Wait

By Janine Castillo, Intensive Recruiter

Two years ago, I showed a 12-year-old girl in foster care, Tiana, a picture of her biological father and asked her what questions she had about her birth family.  She responded, “What color are my mom’s eyes?”  In that moment, I didn’t have an answer and neither did anyone on her team of professionals, who are responsible for ensuring her care, safety, and services in foster care.

When she asked that question, the culmination of our two years together hit me.  Her experience without safe and healthy parents is directly linked to her daily interactions.  The reason why she soaks up one-on-one time with adults or falls asleep like a baby when a caregiver sings to her is because of her desire for nurturing and affection.  Developmental milestones were denied to her at a young age, as she entered the foster care system at three years old and grew up in treatment centers not experiencing a “typical” family structure.  How could she talk about a future with a new family when she remembers so little of her own story?

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Telethon 2.0 – Fundraising in the Digital Age

By Ben Lusz, Director of Events and Volunteers

Telethon. Think about it.

Does your mind wander off to Jerry Lewis and his commitment to Muscular Dystrophy? Maybe variety show acts and people acting a fool?  Or the newer versions, rock stars doing a new twist on their big hit and performing in a marathon of concert performances.

40f7b3e0-f203-11e6-84e0-06c48d981e2fWell, The Adoption Exchange has stayed faithful to the traditional telethon. In Colorado, this annual fundraiser is known as A Day for Wednesday’s Child. We have a phone bank filled with generous sponsors and committed volunteers. CBS4 Denver diligently works with us to produce the best stories of the youth and families we serve and helps us to find the perfect incentives to encourage people to donate. Boondocks goes above and beyond by hosting adoptive families for a large celebration. All great, right?!

CBS4 Denver and The Adoption Exchange liked the benefits of this traditional model of increasing exposure for The Adoption Exchange and the children waiting in foster care, but we also wondered: What else could be done?

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Feel Good: A Volunteer Benefit

By Ben Lusz, Director of Events and Volunteers

Volunteering feels great!

Receiving that request from an organization you support. Evaluating if you have the time and talent to fulfill the request. Taking that big step to commit to the request. Receiving the instructions for the moment. Showing up at the volunteer opportunity ready to give it your all. Then finishing with that “feel good” in your heart knowing that what you just did made life better for someone!

At The Adoption Exchange we are trying to build volunteer opportunities that give you those “feel good” moments.

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