Keeping Kyrie: Fostering and Adopting Medically Fragile Children
National Foster Care Month 2018 It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections
United States. Children's Bureau. Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: [May 2018]
Tells the story of a family who has fostered 87 children and adopted 6 special needs children. The foster parents wrote and published a book, "Keeping Kyrie," that details their experiences. The first child they adopted was Alex, who came from a homeless family and was diagnosed with autism. Next was Amber, who has reactive attachment disorder and speaks very little outside the home. Mary, a deaf child, was adopted next, and then they adopted Kirk, who has cerebral palsy, and Barrett, who has fetal alcohol syndrome. Kyrie was adopted last and was a surprise because doctors did not think she would live past her first month. She has lived to be 20 months, but she is on palliative care. After fostering and adopting children with special needs, the parents also founded a nonprofit organization that raises money for families with medically fragile children. This Real-Life Story was developed as part of National Foster Care Month 2018.
special needs adoption; foster adoption; foster care; foster parents; foster children