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For two brothers, a foster family became their forever family

Photo by Lindsey Butterworth of Road 40 Photography

Carrie and Anders had been looking forward to having their boys make the transition from foster care to forever family. On March 10, Lucas and Jaxson officially became their sons. The couple shared their adoption story with us.

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Two lives forever changed by surprise messages

John and Kayla were looking forward to building a life together as they planned their wedding in 2008. They were hopeful for children to expand their close-knit group of friends and family who all lived nearby. The couple felt their lives had come together to build an exciting future when John received an unexpected letter that changed their lives for the best. John, who was adopted as an infant, was contacted by his birthmother. In his 25 years of life, John had never spoken to her.

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The Eichelberger’s Story of Open Adoption

At 2:19 AM on July 27th, John and Kayla Eichelberger got the call they had been waiting for. Within minutes they were out the door and on the way to the hospital for the birth of their son, Finnley. Of course, they had been ready for this moment for months. Their birth mother, Brittany, had been with them from the start. Having spent many weekends together and attending every ultrasound and doctor appointment, the three had built a strong relationship throughout the pregnancy.

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Connor’s adoption story

Duane and Nicole expanded their family through foster care adoption. Nearly a year later, they tell us about the experience and how it has changed their lives.

 

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Why we don’t keep our daughters artwork

Biys & Girls Aid Benisch family

Erica Benisch adopted her daughters Jayda and Makenna from foster care in 2015. She shares why adopting from foster care is important and how she is using her daughter’s artwork to raise awareness for kids currently in Oregon’s foster care system.

After Jayda and Makenna came to live with us, I came across a box of my childhood papers. This box had been moved and stored at least four times in my adult life.  However, I never really looked at the contents, I had just dragged the box around my entire adult life. When I finally looked at the box in the fall of 2014, I realized it was papers and art without dates and without notes or reasons for keeping it. I wanted to make sure Jayda and Makenna knew why I kept their childhood art and I didn’t just want to throw it away without honoring their effort.

Giving back and volunteering has always been a part of my life and I wanted that for Jayda and Makenna too. I wanted them to be part of something bigger. That’s when I realized I had an answer for their art - I want to have an art show to honor their work and fundraise to give back.

Jayda was in Foster Care 1669 days. Makenna was in Foster Care 1519 days.  As of Aug 11th, they have lived with us for 751 days.

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