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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A Relinquishment Story

Hello, my name is Jay, and I have had the privilege of working for HFS for the last 7 months in my time with Holy Family Services as their Social Media Manager, I have learned an overwhelming amount of information regarding Foster Care and Adoption. So you can only imagine how moving it was when…

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Creating Forever Families Across Southern California

Just like with restaurants, HFS finds that there are times when we are quiet and then there are times when a lot happens all at once.  April, May and June were definitely on that busy side!  Here are some highlights: I worked with a birth mother in Riverside from April to June.  She already had…

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Another Piece of the Puzzle: A Post-Adoption Story

Left to right: HFS Adoptee Chuck with all four of his half siblings Cassandra, Marina (mom), Jessica, Sarah and Kevin. HFS is responsible by law to physically keep adoption files in paper for 99 years. Since the agency has been around since 1949, that means it “still has” every adoption file that has come through…

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Fost Adopt Story: The Godfrey Family

About our Fost-Adopt Program Our Fost-Adopt program was created to bridge the gap between a child’s initial need for temporary care and the long-term need for a permanent home. HFS works with public social services to assist in these placements.  In California, foster parents are now called Resource Parents.  Even if you are only interested…

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Infant Adoption Story: The Naples Family

About our Infant Adoption Program The adoption process begins with two-hour orientation that walks participants through the adoption process. Holy Family Services provides monthly orientations to prospective adoptive parents seeking information about the infant adoption and fost-adopt programs. We equip prospective parents with a step-by-step overview of the legal, financial and emotional process of becoming…

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Blessed & Grateful

Pictured at the 2019 Circle of Hope Gala with Eric and his parents are his grandparents Dwayne and Lilia Fischer and German & Fran Von Thal. Beginning the adoption process, we were hopeful, but also careful to choose the right agency to guide us. Throughout interviewing, we realized that there were big differences in the…

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Changing the World One Child at a Time

If you’ve ever had a calling to make a difference in the world, there’s no greater way than making a difference in a child’s life.  Among the most vulnerable members of communities across the country are foster children. These are children who, based on life circumstances, face conditions at home that threaten their health and…

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