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Journey of the Adoption Process

Journey of the Adoption Process

This story is written from the perspective of a local adoptive family regarding their journey of their second adoption through public adoption.  We thank this family wholeheartedly for sharing this beautiful story!

 
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Every Child Deserves a Place to Call Home

Every Child Deserves a Place to Call Home

Take a moment and think back to what life was like when you were a teen.  What do you think would have happened to you if you had no place to call home, nobody to help you fill out job applications, nobody to be there to plan a high school graduation party, help you get ready for prom, practice driving, etc.?   Even as adults, many of you probably turned to your parents for something whether it was for advice, tips on how to do something, somewhere to go for the holidays, or a good home cooked meal. 

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Adoption is Forever

Adoption is Forever

You hear time and time again, "Adoption is forever."  It is very true that adoption is forever.  It is also very true that adoption can impact the lives of an entire family in a very powerful and positive way. In the midst of all the positives about adoption, the truth that adoption can be challenging and have “bumps in the road” years after the adoption finalized is very real.  

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A Foster Parent's Journey: Meet the Altys

A Foster Parent's Journey: Meet the Altys

When Cebien Alty’s wife, Joy-Lynn, brought up the subject of becoming foster parents, as her biological mother had been during her adolescent years, his quick reply was a resounding “NO!"  He wanted to focus on having children of their own and was quite honestly worried about the "type" of children in the foster care system.

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Without conditions or reservations, I wholeheartedly endorse Heartland for Children as the Community Based Organization (CBC) serving abused and neglected children in Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties. The child welfare system has improved dramatically under the outstanding leadership of Heartland for Children. For nearly a decade, Heartland for Children has been delivering high-quality services to children and families in our communities. In fact, the system of care that was designed to protect child, our most precious resource, was not always responsive, nor highly respected, before Heartland for Children was selected as the first CBC, covering Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties.