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October 7, 2019

Real Life Stories: Jake & Desirae, Foster Family

Jake and Desirae began their foster care journey in a bit of an unconventional way. Already parents to their biological daughter, then almost two years old, they began caring for 22 month old who was not formally in foster care. The little boy’s mother was a friend of a friend, […]

September 30, 2019

Alisia’s Story: The Importance of ICWA

Have you heard the term ICWA surrounding adoption and curious about what it means? ICWA stands for the Indian Child Welfare Act. It is a federal law that is intended to protect the best interest of Native American children, promote the security and stability of families and tribes, and prevent […]

March 7, 2019

True Life Stories: Christopher’s Adoption

Today we are happy to share a story of a beautiful and inspiring foster care adoption story, one that was many years in the making. You may remember a little boy, Christopher, from features on our website, social media, and KDSK’s “A Place to Call Home”. Christopher, along with his […]

July 25, 2018

Adoption coordinator, ‘God’s hand’ touches lives

Originally published by the St. Louis Review By Joseph Kenny | jkenny@archstl.org | twitter: @josephkenny2 Mary Ann Hoeynck worked as the adoption coordinator for Good Shepherd Children and Family Services and is retiring after 40 years of service to the Catholic Charities agencies that combined to form Good Shepherd. Her […]