Announcement: Adoption Subsidies

Have you received a notice of suspension from the DCF Adoption Subsidy Unit, despite having turned in all necessary renewal paperwork? During these pandemic times, many of us have. AOK looked into this issue and was able to get the following information from Nakeisha Conward, the Director of the Subsidy Unit. Here is what she…

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Instant Family has some hidden gems

Heather Adams, journalist and AOK board member, not only got a sneak peek of Instant Family – a new movie about the foster care experience – but also got to chat with the writer and director. Read more to hear her take! Have plans to go see Instant Family this weekend? Maybe you’re waiting until…

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No More Empty Nest

  As an empty nester, Candice Tauscher wasn’t looking to take up a new hobby like golfing or gardening, she was ready to fill her nest again through foster care. “We probably move more slowly than the other parents,” Candice said. But Candice and her husband, Brian, are just as involved as those first-timers, attending…

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She Could Have Been My Daughter

    The first time I held her in my arms, she was only weeks old. Her tiny body nestled between my arm and my belly, contorted in that squishy way newborns often look. It was an outdoor party in the summer, and she was wearing a short-sleeved onesie over her itty bitty diaper, her…

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Ep. 9: National Adoption Month

Back to AOK Podcasts Click here to subscribe to our podcast National Adoption Month November is National Adoption Month! Listen to learn about a special connection Massachusetts has to this awareness-raising month, and about a local resource where you can see pictures and read stories of kids in foster care!

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An Unconventional Family Tree

Eight years ago, Amanda and her 5-year-old foster son, Angel, sat on chairs in the sterile hallway of a DCF office, waiting to visit with Angel’s biological mom. As she arrived, Amanda said to Angel, “Let’s say hi to your mom.” Amanda had no idea how that first hello would ultimately impact all their lives.…

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Dan and Treacy’s Story

2017 Family Gallery Growing up, Treacy always knew she wanted to adopt through foster care, and specifically always wanted to adopt older kids. She knew many people who adopt are interested in younger children, and too many older children age out of foster care without ever being adopted. As a music teacher, Dan is around…

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