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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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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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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