My HFS Connection

My connection to adoption is lifelong. My older sister is adopted, and it was such a normal thing in our family’s life that as a child, I remember thinking every family must have an adopted child in it. After our first son was born, my husband and I worked with HFS to adopt our second son, who has grown into a wonderful, mature, kind, intelligent, athletic, empathetic 23-year-old young man. 

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Make a Gift of Stocks to HFS

Donating stock instead of cash can be a smart way to express your generosity this holiday season. You can donate long-term appreciated stock you’ve held for more than a year. Not only does your charity get to benefit from a valuable item, but you also get to claim the fair market value as an itemized…

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It’s a Team Effort: Creating Forever Families

Most of the adoption process is a private matter.  Adoptive parents make the choice to form a family through adoption, a birth parent makes the decision to choose adoption for their child, and the HFS social worker staff members shepherd everyone through a complex and exacting process. However, when it comes to the relinquishment and…

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How HFS goes above and beyond for our clients

Lisa Espericueta,  Leticia Lopez and Julie Brown There are several ways to adopt in California and adoption agencies play a pivotal role in this process no matter whether you adopt a relinquished infant or a child in foster care.  HFS, just like all adoption agencies, must follow rules and regulations set by California and the…

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Board President’s Message

Our 2022 Gratitude Report reflects our Fiscal Year July 2021 – June 2022.  Let me take this opportunity to thank our Board of Directors for their support and hard work on behalf of HFS:  Vice President Joseph Zanetta, Board Secretary The Rev. Nathan Biornstad, and members of the board in no particular order: The Rev. Guy Leemhuis, Paula Kendrick, Sithy Farook, and Elaine Tumonis.  The Rev. Thomas Quijada-Discavage and Maura Lemon filled out their terms on the board, and we reluctantly bid them farewell as of June 30, 2022.  

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Finalizing Adoption

Have you ever wondered what happens during the Adoption finalization process? For those of us that aren’t familiar, the finalization of a child’s adoption marks the finish line of the adoptive parent and child’s journey. When a court issues a decree of adoption, your relationship as parent and child are permanently and legally bound. Finalization…

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The Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic Benefits HFS Programs

The Adoption Guild of Southern California celebrated their 60th annual tournament at the Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic over the Memorial Day Weekend and raised over $30,000 for programs at HFS. This 5-day event was hosted by Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, with play also held at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, Mesa…

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