In honor of National Adoption Month, KPCC hosted Five Acres in the Crawford Family Forum to talk about the complicated decision facing teens in the foster system – Is adoption for me? The audience heard directly from those who have faced this decision head on and how their lives have changed in the aftermath. One participant decided adoption wasn’t for her. Another was placed with grandparents she had never met. And a third participant desperately wanted to be adopted, but suffered through failed placements and group homes before that wish came true at age 22.
Since its inception in 1888, Five Acres has been committed to protecting vulnerable children over its 124-year history. Today, Five Acres works to ensure safety, well-being and permanency for children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. Five Acres’ services include residential care and education, a non-public WASC accredited therapeutic school, mental health services in homes and schools, foster care and adoptions and domestic violence prevention. For more information, visit www.fiveacres.org.
What role has adoption played in your life?