Helping Kids Cope was founded in July 2002 and started helping
people in January 2003. Our mission is to help
children, families and birthparents cope with adoption. While defraying
the cost of the adoption services, granting request the children waiting
in the foster care system or helping with educational needs to birthparents
who have successfully completed an adoption.
Our goal is to grant 250 awards by the end of 2003. By doing this we
need your help. We need people to give and
we need people to volunteer.
I have worked in adoption for many years counseling ladies placing
their child for adoption and I commend these ladies for knowing their
limits and doing the most selfless act they could do and looking for
the best interest in the child. I applaud all birthparents. I witnessed
the commitment that these expectant mothers had for the unborn child.
I saw the adoptive parents go from being a “couple” to a
“family”. The emotions that run wild in adoption are often
overwhelming on everyone’s part and I want to help diffuse some
on that. I am not attempting to take the place of counseling or any
aspect an adoption agency. I just want to help make the adoption process
a positive experience for everyone involved.
The children waiting in foster care to be adopted deserve to have a
good life also. I want them to see positive things and experience positive
things. I want to help them know that they can make a difference and
they too, can have a permanent family. We have so many children here
in the USA alone that are waiting to be adopted and we have wonderful
foster parents that love these children and do their best. I just want
every child to feel loved and wanted.
Currently 100% of
donations goes to the awards. We are operated by volunteers.
Some insight into adoption and foster care
- Adoption is not just giving birth. The birth parent, especially
the expectant mother seeks prenatal care, counseling sessions and
possible adoptive parent selection. Then she endures delivery. Upon
arrival of the child she endures emotional and physical challenges.
The adoption plan is put into place by the birth parents but is carried
through with the help of professionals.
- The adoptive families do not just decide they are going to adopt.
They have completed a homestudy by a licensed agency. They must also
prepare emotionally and financially for the adoption. They must start
to learn about parenting techniques and the vast amounts of knowledge
needed to be a good, confident parent. They often feel like they are
being tested or place under a microscope.
- The young child in foster care might have a great foster family
but yearn for a permanent home. They feel confused and often do not
understand why they are in foster care. They experience a range of
emotions and often long to have a place they can call home.
- With conception of Helping Kids Cope there were over 125,000 children
waiting in foster care in the USA. The number of waiting families
seeking to adopt is also in the hundred thousands.
- The Parents To Be Award will help defray the cost of the adoption
- The Smiles Award will put a smile on the face of a child in foster
care by helping them with their educational needs. With
educational tools these children will be able to excel in life.
- The Positive Choice Award will give the birthparent a chance to
excel in their life by granting request to enhance education.
With all this in mind, give your time and talents
to Helping Kids Cope.
Letter from the founder
I am so elated to say that Helping Kids Cope is officially off the
ground and running. The organization has been in my mind for many years
but to see it “up in lights” is an awesome feeling. Let
me first start by telling you the background of Helping Kids Cope. It
was founded in July 2002 to help grant the request of three classes
of people, adoptive parents, children in foster care waiting to be adopted,
and birth parents that have completed a successful adoption.
Our mission will always remain to help children in the adoption process
Helping Kids Cope promotes the enrichment of children’s lives
through adoption assistance, programs that help fulfill the lives of
children in the adoption process and programs that help birthmothers
succeed in their life after the adoption process. As our foundation
matures our mission will remain steadfast. With the focus always remaining
on adoption I know that we can help many of families, children and birth
I have had the pleasure of working in the adoption arena for many years
and absolutely feel that it is my calling to continue in this manner.
I was privilege enough to be in the delivery room with birth mothers
that were placing their child for adoption. I was also privileged to
see the adoptive parents see the newborn for the first time at placement.
I also was able to help young people place the child they tried to raise
but felt that it was not in the best interest of the child so they place
the child for adoption. All these experiences were amazing. Adoption
is so positive for everyone involved but it takes everyone involved
to make it happen.
Being adopted myself I also have a strong love for adoption. I know
now what that birth mother went through, the anxiety about things and
hopefully the feeling of knowing she made the right choice. I am thankful to her for her brave decision and I am
also thankful for my parents who I would not of had without having a
birth mother. I could not of ask for better parents then the ones I
I hope that you find hope with Helping Kids Cope, and I hope that you
find peace with whatever challenge you are facing. I know the emotional
roller coaster of adopting and I have experienced the emotional roller
coaster with birthparents in placing. But lets also not forget the children
in foster care who would desperately like to have a family and loving
I encourage you to watch Helping Kids Cope grow through out the years
to come and together let's help as many people as we can and grant as
many request as we can. Without support from the communities, individuals
and corporations Helping Kids Cope would not exist and I thank you.
My best wishes,