Monday, November 22, 2021

Happy National Adoption Month!


Happy National Adoption Month! I hope that all families out there have a wonderfully thankful, peaceful week filled with giggles and snuggles and happiness (even if the kids think they are too old for snuggling - and by the way - they're NOT).

I am grateful for my friend Angela Van Etten. I had the opportunity to write about adoption on her blog this month. She has a new book out, and she also happens to be fabulous member and advocate of our LPA community.
I know I'm a little late for National Adoption Day, but now we can all be reminded again about how awesome it all is.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Our Hearts are with the Kreb Family

My Dear Friends,

This week, we learned about an unspeakable tragedy that happened to a family we love in our community. As everyone processes their own grief, I want you to know that we are all in this together. I wish I could put it more eloquently today, but the only thing I know is that I am just shattered by the loss, and I know so many others are, too.

We lost Yvette, Fei Fei, Barrett and Chris in an instant. Yvette was my friend. She was an advocate, an amazing Mom, and the type of person who would stop her day to help her fellow human, no matter what was going on in her life. She was funny, and sincere, and honest, and every time I talked to her I felt better about life. My family knew Fei Fei since the World Games in 2013, where my daughter and Fei Fei held hands during the entire opening ceremony. She was beautiful and funny and had a very deep, complex soul. I didn’t know Barrett yet (I had been hoping to meet him at the next conference), but I do know that he was already loved fiercely. I only knew Chris through Yvette, as a person she loved and appreciated, and who was the father to all of their beautiful children.

LPA, as well as the adoption community as a whole, has been devastated by this significant loss. We are here for the Kreb family in any way we can be, and extend our deepest sorrow. We want to remain respectful of their privacy, and wish them peace.

With much love,
Colleen





LPA's statement:
Little People of America offers our sincerest condolences to the Kreb family during this time of profound sorrow. Our community sadly lost two devoted parents and two beautiful LP children and we all feel devastated by this loss. We extend our empathy to all in our community whose lives were enriched by their friendship, guidance, love and support over the years.
In times of crisis such as this, it's hard to understand how these tragedies come to happen. It's also normal to feel inadequate and at a loss for order and control. We encourage you to be gentle to yourselves and others while we process the information and the pain it brings.
We ask that you do not engage in speculation of the events. The Kreb family deserves our respect and their privacy is an important part of their healing process. This LPA Parent Page is a private group, and all conversations held here should not be taken outside of this group. For the time being we will be monitoring this page and increasing our security on all LPA pages.
If you are struggling to process this tragedy or if you feel for the safety of anyone in your home, we strongly encourage you to seek professional emotional and mental health support. We, as a support community, are always here for each other - but there are times when one may need resources that reach beyond this group.
Here is a brief list of resources that may be helpful if you or someone you know needs professional mental health or safety support:
National Crisis Hotline: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Resources to find an adoption-competent therapist

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lots of activity with LPA Adoption!

We've had many families become united this year, which is wonderful news!  Please check out the updated "Available Children" page as well.  Here are a few new kiddos who are looking for their families...






Friday, March 1, 2019

Opportunities for young adults to get involved!

Hello, Friends!
I wanted to make sure that you knew about some opportunities for the younger crowd. These are mostly for young adults (18 - 30 years old) who would like to make a difference in the adoption community. The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) has several training programs and opportunities that sound really cool! Below are the opportunities to get involved: (Please contact NACAC directly for questions -and they are excited to hear from our community)!
***Youth Advisory Team, due March 8th:
"We are seeking Young Adults who are looking to learn and grow their advocacy efforts, share their input on the child welfare system, advise training curriculums, and offer technical support to groups looking to grow their advocacy capacity. "

***Youth Leadership Training Application, due March 12th:
"We are encouraging groups of 2-3 young adult leaders (18-25 years old) and 1-2 Adult/agency supporters to apply for this FREE training opportunity. NACAC is able to fund this opportunity through Jockey Family Being grant, and are able to cover airfare and hotel stay for participants (See application for more details).

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Stellan is 13 and needs a family right NOW

Stellan has been on our list for over 2 years, and now he's 13. He has less than a year to find his family. He has a $4000 grant from his agency, and a $5000 grant from LPA (total of $9000). He has MPS (Morquio), and is a wonderful student. He's outgoing, artistic, and respectful. Please consider adopting this wonderful boy before he doesn't have a chance at a family anymore.






Friday, April 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wrigley and Gabriella found their families! Yay!

Here's hoping that Wrigley and  Gabriella's adoption are VERY easy and stress free!! We are always so happy when families are coming together through adoption.