This week, meet the WACAP staff member behind the scenes of WACAP’s “A Family for Me” videos and partnership.
An advocate for children in Washington state foster care, Denise Russell helps these kids tell the important stories they have, and find the family and stability they need.
Here’s why she’s inspired during National Foster Care Month, and all year long.
Meet Denise Russell, “A Family for Me”
My Work at WACAP:
I coordinate photo and video shoots to advocate for kids in foster care. My job gives families the opportunity to meet amazing foster kids and hear, in the kids’ own voices, what they hope for in a family, and what’s important to them.
Why I’m So Inspired:
I’ve seen what are considered “the toughest kids to place” find their families.
I’ve seen 17-year-olds adopted. I’ve seen severely medically-fragile children join permanent families. And I’ve seen kids with intense special needs be adopted.
I’ve seen a young man matched with his family, and then that family not only adopting him but his two sisters, as well.
Adoption seems to be this magnetic force between a really resilient, yet willing child and a really strong, yet open-hearted parent(s).
What You Can Do to Help:
If you are thinking about adoption, reach out to learn more.
The first part of the process — which may be asking the questions you have — can be one of the hardest, but as soon as you are committed to taking those next steps, you can get started.
While the process takes time, there are so many kids waiting for families.
“Don’t Give Up.”
WACAP helps find homes for children in state foster care. Learn more about U.S. Kids foster care and adoption, and contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.