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Help A Child Shine: Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

The Connecticut Department of Children & Family Services, along with the Connecticut Association of Foster & Adoptive Parents have announced their new Help A Child Shine campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to recruit families and mentors for children in need.

As a foster parent and an adoptive parent, I strongly encourage others to become involved in the lives of these children.  Involvement can be as a Mentor, as a Foster Parent, or as an Adoptive Parent.  Over the years, I have frequently volunteered my time to share my experiences as a foster and adoptive parent, to assist in the training of prospective parents, and to answer all those questions and concerns that go along with the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Fostering or adopting children in need is a heart-warming experience.  You don't need to be rich.  You don't need to be married.  You do need to have room in your heart for a special child or children, or for special siblings that deserve to remain together.

These children need warm, loving homes and family to support them.  But, you'll be surprised at how much love and support you receive back from these kids.  Much more than you ever thought possible.  Your life will never be the same, and you'll wonder how you survived without these children in your life before...

For more information, please call the Connecticut Department of Children & Families at 1-888-KID-HERO, or visit them online at HelpAChildShine.com.

Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Real Estate & Appraisals
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale



Comment balloon 8 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • May 18 2007 09:23AM


Hi Don

I am a certified Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer in OSceola County, FLorida, and I certainly see the need for more people to step up. I hope your post is well read and some people realize what a "loving family" means to these kids.  It is worth going through the hoops and home inspections, and screening to help provide a qulaity life to a kids who so desperately wants one.  Good Post!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) almost 12 years ago

Don, that's a worthy cause. One thing I'd like to add is that there are many notaries who will provide free notary services for adoption papers. Visit CelebrateAdoption.com to locate one in your area.


Posted by Leon Austin, Colorado Springs Mobile Notary (Mobile Notary Services) almost 12 years ago
Don, As a Board member for our local child  (Community Based Care of Brevard, Inc.) non-profit organization tasked with oversight and coordination of child welfare services in our community, I see first hand the benefits and rewards our foster parents enjoy from their participation. There are so many children out there who need a loving, caring supportive system of care. Thanks for bringing the topic up on Active Rain. We all need to be aware of (and support)  the opportunities available for putting children first. Great post!
Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Allison - Good for you for being a Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer!  There are so many ways we can all help these children.

As for the home inspection/approval process to become a foster/adoptive family, it is a bit intrusive and time-consuming, but we realized that if everyone had to go through it in order to become a parent, then there would be a lot less kids suffering in their homes today.


Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Leon - That's something I hadn't heard of before.  We adopted our boys through the county, so there were almost no costs to us.  All of our adoption papers were taken care of in the courthouse.  (This was in California).  Here in Connecticut, all children adopted through the state are now entitled to free college tuition at a state school.  I think that's fantastic.  The goal was to help older kids be adopted, and I hope it works.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Gary - There are so many ways we can all contribute to help making these kids' lives better - from doing foster care, to adopting, to being a mentor, and the list goes on and on.  And, yes, the foster parents probably benefit as much as the kids do!
Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Don, thank you for posting this!  I've been looking for resources and feedback on Foster Parenting for awhile now, since I recently rekindled my desire to foster/adopt...I go next week for an orientation!  Wish me luck...

Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 10 years ago

Loretta - Foster Parenting is a wonderful thing!  In most areas now, you have to be a foster parent before adopting - usually, if your intent is to adopt, then they will place children with you who have a high likelihood of needing adoption.

Today, July 3, is what we call Dependants' Day.  It's the anniversary of the date we adopted our first two children.

Enjoy the foster parent orientation.  I have volunteered many times to speak at those orientations, to share my experiences, and to try to make the process a little less scary.  Enjoy it!

Call or email any time if you have any questions.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) over 10 years ago