Family Builders by Adoption

Family Builders by Adoption Family Builders is a welcoming and affirming nonprofit foster family and adoption agency that believes every child should leave foster care with a loving and caring parent.
Family Builders believes that every child has the right to grow up in a permanent, nurturing family regardless of that child’s age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or medical, physical or emotional condition. Family Builders educates the community about the needs of waiting children, advocates on their behalf, and places children with permanent, secure families through adoption, and other forms of permanence.
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LGBTQ youth are significantly overrepresented in foster care, where they are more likely to experience discrimination, a...
05/22/2020

LGBTQ youth are significantly overrepresented in foster care, where they are more likely to experience discrimination, abuse, neglect and the risk of harm.

A 2019 study found as many as 30.4 percent of youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ and 5 percent identify as transgender, compared to 11.2 percent and 1.17 percent of youth not in foster care.

Every child deserves a loving, nurturing, permanent family.

Visit www.familybuilders.org to learn more about Family Builders' programs and how we strive to ensure no child leaves foster care without a loving and caring parent.

#FosterCare #Adoption #LGBTQYouth #FosterHopeAdoptLove #NationaFosterCareMonth #SanFranciscoBayArea

When youth in foster care reach the maximum age that a State will support them without being placed with a permanent fam...
05/14/2020

When youth in foster care reach the maximum age that a State will support them without being placed with a permanent family or being reunited with their birth family, it’s called aging out. Kids who age out are often sent out of their foster homes without any resources, and many have no supportive adult to help them navigate the challenges of independent living.

More than 23,000 youth age out of the foster care system in the United States every year. Once they age out, at least 20% of youth who were in foster care become instantly homeless, and only 50% of youth who age out will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.

Give us a call at 510-536-5437 or email [email protected] to find out how you can become a parent to an older youth in foster care and help them successfully transition to adulthood. #FosterHopeAdoptLove #Adoption #FosterCare #NationalFosterCareMonth

Lincoln foster mother has raised more than 70 kids
05/11/2020
Lincoln foster mother has raised more than 70 kids

Lincoln foster mother has raised more than 70 kids

Serving in the Army during Operation Desert Storm is only the second most grueling thing Rachael Folds has ever done. The most grueling? Helping to raise more than 70 foster

Happy #MothersDay to all the #amazing moms changing the world one child at a time. #ThankYOU #FosterHopeAdoptLove
05/10/2020

Happy #MothersDay to all the #amazing moms changing the world one child at a time. #ThankYOU #FosterHopeAdoptLove

If you're looking for a meaningful gift for mother's day... consider sending an e-card to your mom and donating the cost...
05/07/2020

If you're looking for a meaningful gift for mother's day... consider sending an e-card to your mom and donating the cost to Family Builders to help create loving, nurturing, permanent families for children in foster care!

Click on the link below to send your cards!

https://www.dontsendmeacard.com/ecard/bD6p

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving as an emergency response to the need caused by COVID-19.Many children...
05/05/2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving as an emergency response to the need caused by COVID-19.

Many children in foster care who have experienced trauma and loss are struggling as their lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their adoptive, foster, and kinship families have stepped up to serve as teachers, coaches, and so much more. Family Builders is providing families with increased one-on-one support, and has shifted from in-person to virtual support for the youth and families we serve - and we would like to ask for your help so we can continue to provide these essential services to children and families impacted by the foster care system.

Please join us by making a one-time or monthly donation to Family Builders today, and you will change the life of a child in foster care forever.

#FosterHopeAdoptLove

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

May is National Foster Care Month. Family Builders is asking you to join us throughout the month of May to let the nearl...
05/04/2020

May is National Foster Care Month. Family Builders is asking you to join us throughout the month of May to let the nearly 60,000 children waiting in California's foster care system know that we are still here for them when their needs are greater than ever.

There are many ways to get involved in this campaign!

• Make a donation now! Want to make an impact that continues throughout the year? Consider signing up to be a monthly donor! https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

• Create a Facebook Fundraiser and encourage your friends and family to support!

• Double your impact through matching employee gifts! Check with your employer to see if they match employee gifts to non-profit organizations to easily double your impact.

• Learn about becoming a parent! Give us a call at (510)536-5437 or email us at [email protected] to get more information about becoming a parent to a child in foster care.

#FosterHopeAdoptLove #NationalFosterCareMonth

Family Builders by Adoption
04/22/2020

Family Builders by Adoption

Family Builders has seen a significant increase in the needs of children and families impacted by the foster care system.

Many foster parents and older youth in foster care have lost their jobs; children are no longer able to receive in-person visitation with birth parents and other family members; and any existing support networks youth had in the community are now inaccessible. The trauma caused by the current pandemic triggers past trauma for many children and sends them spiraling.

Additionally, the many children currently waiting in foster care may now need to remain in foster care even longer.

We are asking for your support today so we can continue to help youth and families impacted by the foster care system receive the services they need, and so we can continue to create permanent families for children and youth in foster care.

Family Builders is mobilizing every resource we have so we can provide ongoing and uninterrupted services to every single one of our youth and families. However, in this time of crisis, we need your partnership to make this possible.

Please consider making a donation to Family Builders today because children in foster care need our support now.

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

Family Builders has seen a significant increase in the needs of children and families impacted by the foster care system...
04/15/2020

Family Builders has seen a significant increase in the needs of children and families impacted by the foster care system.

Many foster parents and older youth in foster care have lost their jobs; children are no longer able to receive in-person visitation with birth parents and other family members; and any existing support networks youth had in the community are now inaccessible. The trauma caused by the current pandemic triggers past trauma for many children and sends them spiraling.

Additionally, the many children currently waiting in foster care may now need to remain in foster care even longer.

We are asking for your support today so we can continue to help youth and families impacted by the foster care system receive the services they need, and so we can continue to create permanent families for children and youth in foster care.

Family Builders is mobilizing every resource we have so we can provide ongoing and uninterrupted services to every single one of our youth and families. However, in this time of crisis, we need your partnership to make this possible.

Please consider making a donation to Family Builders today because children in foster care need our support now.

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

Join us for one of our upcoming online Orientations to learn about the foster care and adoption process! Please contact ...
04/15/2020

Join us for one of our upcoming online Orientations to learn about the foster care and adoption process!

Please contact [email protected] with questions or to register for one of the orientations listed below.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 10am-12pm PDT

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 6pm - 8pm PDT

Happy Valentines Day from Family Builders!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day from Family Builders!

In honor of Black History Month, Family Builders will be hosting a table at the 3rd annual Black Joy Parade in Oakland! ...
02/12/2020
Black Joy Parade

In honor of Black History Month, Family Builders will be hosting a table at the 3rd annual Black Joy Parade in Oakland! Join us Sunday, February 23rd at this free, family-friendly parade and festival to celebrate the black experience past, present and future.

We hope to see you there!

https://www.blackjoyparade.org/

The 3rd annual Black Joy Parade is here! Join us for the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the black experience past, present and future. We invite you to come be present, be creative, be open and be free. 20K+ ATTENDEES  |  1K+ IN TH...

February marks Black History Month, and story time is just one of the many occasions when you can teach your kids about ...
02/03/2020
24 Children's Books To Read In Honor Of Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, and story time is just one of the many occasions when you can teach your kids about the important accomplishments of black pioneers and trailblazers. Below is a link to 24 children's books by black authors, about black figures or focused on black culture that you can read to your kids during Black History Month (or year-round!).

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/black-history-month-books_n_5a79a9a8e4b018ad89502122?utm_medium=facebook&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000047&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=bv_fb&fbclid=IwAR31iTFNFbjH-XGds2GW1K8rWcfUQZhnsxPJlYgIhsg5zIkHIZzJMfMsgZ8

And year-round, of course.

01/30/2020
Ellie's Story (Utah) 3-min

As a Wendy's Wonderful Kids partner, Family Builders works with older youth like Ellie to ensure they don't age out of foster care without a loving and caring parent. Check out Ellie's story below to see the immense impact adoption can have on youth in foster care.

#FosterHopeAdoptLove #EveryChildDeservesAFamily #FosterCare #Adoption

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnt0Iu3U47U

For most of her young life, Ellie bounced back and forth between living with her birth parents and other caregivers. She was bullied at home and at school. S...

Join us at our next informational orientation to learn about the process to become parents to a child in foster care. #F...
01/26/2020

Join us at our next informational orientation to learn about the process to become parents to a child in foster care. #FosterHopeAdoptLove

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: 9:45am - 12pm
Location: Family Builders by Adoption
1900 Embarcadero Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94606

For questions about Family Builders' orientations, please give us a call at (510) 536-5437.

The average age of children entering #fostercare is eight years old, and the majority of children in foster care wait at...
01/22/2020

The average age of children entering #fostercare is eight years old, and the majority of children in foster care wait at least 4 years or more to be adopted. At Family Builders, we provide targeted permanency services to match older youth in foster care with loving, nurturing, permanent families.

Contact us today to find out how you can become a parent to an older youth in foster care.

(510) 536-5437

#FosterHopeAdoptLove #FosterCare #Adoption #OlderYouthPermanencyProject #EveryChildDeservesAFamily

There are more than 6,000 children in foster care in the San Francisco Bay Area... and they need our help to create the ...
01/12/2020

There are more than 6,000 children in foster care in the San Francisco Bay Area... and they need our help to create the loving, nurturing permanent families they deserve.

Visit www.familybuilders.org to find out how you can change the life of a child in #fostercare.

#FosterHopeAdoptLove #Adoption #Donate #EveryChildDeservesAFamily #BecomeAParenttoaChildinFosterCare

12/31/2019

Thank you for making 2019 a year of hope for children in foster care!

The are two days left to make your 2019 tax-deductible donation to Family Builders! Every donation will help create a lo...
12/29/2019
I just donated to Family Builders by Adoption. Do the same!

The are two days left to make your 2019 tax-deductible donation to Family Builders! Every donation will help create a loving, nurturing permanent family for a child in foster care.

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Joseph looked down at the new toothbrush in the cup by the bathroom sink. The cup was green - his favorite color. Someone knew his favorite color he thought. His eyes shifted to the Minecraft towel hanging on the hook next to him… this was his towel. His very own. His heart raced. Forgetting for a moment that he was no longer in the foster home where he was faced with a very brief and fleeting time limit on his bathroom activities, he hastily brushed his teeth and marched to his room. He surprised himself when he unexpectedly blurted out the words “my room” as if saying it out loud would make it seem more real and less like a dream. The words sounded awkward when he heard them and he wondered if he had ever said that phrase before. He hadn’t. He had never had his own room.

He looked up and there she was, sitting in a wooden chair placed carefully next to the bed, waiting for him with the kindest, warmest smile he had ever seen. In her hand... was a book. He looked at her and hesitantly laid down in the bed. He didn’t say a word.

He couldn’t.

Was this really happening? He held his breath in anticipation for what he imagined would be one of the most magical moments of his life…a moment he had pictured over and over again. He closed his eyes, and ten-year-old Joseph listened blissfully to his first ever bedtime story. At ten years old, Joseph was finally given a chance to have what he always wished for - a family.

This holiday season, you can make a child's wish come true by making a donation to Family Builders. Every donation will help create a loving, nurturing permanent family for a child in foster care.

This may be the most important gift you give this holiday season.

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

12/19/2019
We are still looking for gift card donations for our teens in foster care this holiday season. If you would like to make...
12/08/2019

We are still looking for gift card donations for our teens in foster care this holiday season. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to be used to purchase gift cards, you can do so through this Facebook post or on our website www.familybuilders.org. You can also drop gift cards off at the office in-person or ship them directly to the office.

GIVE A TEEN IN FOSTER CARE A GIFT THAT COUNTS

Every year Family Builders collects holiday wish lists from children in foster care and collect donations to ensure every receives a gift that truly makes them feel special. However, teens in foster care are often forgotten, or receive gifts that are intended for younger children. You can help change that with a gift as simple as a gift card.

WHY GIFT CARDS?
Teens in foster care often don’t get to go shopping for their own things. Like any other teenager, choosing their own clothing and accessories is an important part of fitting in and expressing their personality. Our teens tell us that more than anything, they just want to go shopping with their friends and enjoy the simple luxury of picking out their own clothes.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) Deliver or mail gift cards to our office: Family Builders by Adoption, 1900 Embarcadero #303 Oakland, CA 94606
2) Mail a check with “Gift Card Drive” on the memo line to the address above.
3) Donate online and write ”holiday gift drive” in the comment section. Donation website: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1438345

TIPS:
1) Gifts of any denomination are appreciated. Our goal is to give $25 to each of our teens in foster care.
2) Please write the amount of the gift on the gift card so that we can distribute appropriately.
3) Select stores that teens would enjoy! Popular stores include: Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Old Navy, and Game Stop.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Cotterell - [email protected]

Address

1900 Embarcadero Suite 303
Oakland, CA
94606

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(510) 536-5437

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Family Builders is here to help find permanent, loving families for children and youth in the foster care system - that's our only goal. We connect children with individuals and couples who can provide safe, stable, nurturing families. Our services are free and confidential, and include adoption, foster care, and other forms of permanency. We have experience working with all types of children, youth, and families.

Family Builders welcomes traditional families; single-parent families; both men and women; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families; transracial and multiracial families; and all other families as prospective adoptive parents. Family Builders is committed to serving all families equally with dignity and respect. We provide all services in English and Spanish and welcome monolingual Spanish-speaking families.

We do not discriminate on the basis of the fact or perception of a person’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic partner status, parental status, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, medical status or disability, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or HIV status.

Family Builders has been providing services and programs for children and families since 1976.

Our staff and board are made up of individuals who believe strongly that children have the right to a solid and loving family. We invite you to get to know who we are and to contact us to learn more about becoming a parent to child who needs a family.

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Are you a transracial adoptive/foster parent needing a bit more help with your child's ethnic hair? If so, check out this free event on October 20th @12pm! Ethnic hair education & same day professional styling! For information or to register visit: https://www.tressyourbest.org/kick-off-event1.html
Congratulations to Family Builders by Adoption. This nonprofit is now included on OurTownSF.org
Free Shopping & Makeover tomorrow in Oakland! #CrosbyKids