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McGraw Milhaven

 

Over the last eleven years in St Louis his work with area charities and his nationally recognized talk talents have established McGraw Milhaven as a household name from the halls of the White House to kitchen tables all over the region.
He's interviewed everybody, and whether it's the news of the day, sports, entertainment, a dead opossum on his front yard, missing a ceremonial first pitch due to oversleeping, or getting kicked off a CNN News program, Milhaven will bring you the story of day, ask the question you wanted to ask, and keep you informed and entertained.
Talkers Magazine consistently name him one of the country's best talk show hosts, and the Missouri Senate has honored him for his exceptional amounts of time and energy bettering the lives of Missouri citizens. In 2006, The Riverfront Times named Milhaven the best AM personality in St Louis. Numrous times, Alive Magazine came out with it's "Hot List issue 130 things we love about St Louis" and named Milhaven the best talk show.
Milhaven's accomplishments are as lengthy as they are diverse, from broadcasting on the White House lawn, to being an embedded reporter with full access to the St.Louis Cardinals, from Super Bowls and Olympics, to air-to-air refueling missions on KC-135s with the Missouri National Guard, Milhaven not only tells the story, but brings you along for the experience. His trademark laugh, and vast knowledge of both history and current events keeps the audience on edge of their seats, and has them talking long after his show has ended.
Milhaven can be seen on national television as well. He appears often on FOX, CNN and MSNBC covering local as well as national stories. In St Louis he hosted the Emmy nominated show, "Get Hooked On Health" and was a panel member on the popular sports round table, "Chalk Talk".
He makes it a point to tell people he was not spoiled growing up with five sisters and cousin in a small town on Long Island, but they might tell you a different story. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned three varsity letters in baseball.

 

 

Kelly Jackson

 

Kelly, an Emmy nominated journalist, started at KSDK in 1998, and has a love affair with St. Louis and St. Louisans. She did take a short break from her adopted hometown and moved to California to anchor mornings at one of KSDK's sister stations in Sacramento, but St. Louis kept calling her name.  At the beginning of 2014 she teamed up with McGraw in the Morning. When she's not working, you'll find her advocating for pets during the week. She loves hanging out with friends, volunteering, traveling and discovering all the fabulosity of St. Louis with her pooch, LaRue.

 

 



 

 

David Blaustein
ABC Entertainment Editor

Dick Weiss
St. Louis Beacon Media Critic

Dr. Jeffery Lowell
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Washington University

Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Television Critic

Catherine Neville
Publisher and Editor of Feast Magazine

Jo Mannies
St. Louis Beacon Political Writer

Sam Donaldson
ABC News Senior Correspondent

Mike Kelly
The voice of the Mizzou Tigers

 

LYDIA

NAME: LYDIA
CHILD ID: 8881
BIRTHDAY: 12//97
GRADE IN SCHOOL: 10th
SPECIAL INTERESTS: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, GOING FOR WALKS, BEING AROUND ANIMALS.  
ETHNICITY: CAUCASIAN
 
 
 
 
PROFILE:  
DO YOU LOVE THE OUTDOORS? ARE YOU AN ANIMAL PERSON? THEN LYDIA MIGHT BE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY! SHE ENJOYS BEING OUTSIDE AND LOVES GOING FOR WALKS AND PLAYING SPORTS, ESPECIALLY BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL. ANOTHER LOVED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IS SKATEBOARDING. WHEN SHE IS INDOORS, SHE CAN BE FOUND LISTENING TO MUSIC AND IS A FAN OF NICKELBACK. LYDIA HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME AROUND ANIMALS AND PARTICULARLY LOVES DOGS AND HORSES. HER FAVORITE FOOD IS KRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE AND HER TWO FAVORITE COLORS ARE BLACK AND PURPLE. PET PEEVES INCLUDE LOUD VOICES. AS A TENTH GRADER, LYDIA LIKES SCHOOL AND BUILDS POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH HER TEACHERS. HER CASEWORKER PREFERS A FAMILY WHERE LYDIA CAN BE THE ONLY OR YOUNGEST CHILD; HOWEVER, ALL TYPES OF FAMILIES  WILL BE CONSIDERED.  THIS TEEN WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED WITH  A CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, OR CHRISTIAN FAMILY. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LYDIA OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG
 

ALEX & GABE

NAME:  ALEX & GABE

CHILD ID: 10700

BIRTHDAY: 10/16/02 & 9/9/1999

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 3RD & 8TH

SPECIAL INTERESTS: ALEX LIKES PLAYING WITH LEGOS, HIS ARMY MEN AND ACTION FIGURES.  GABE ENJOYS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES AND WRESTLING.

ETHNICITY:CAUCASIAN

 

PROFILE:  

MEET GABE & ALEX, TWO BROTHERS WHO ARE READY TO FIND THEIR FOREVER HOME! SMART, LOYAL AND PURPOSEFUL ARE THREE ACCURATE DESCRIPTIONS OF GABERIELLE WHO GOES BY 'GABE'. HE BEGAN WRESTLING LAST YEAR AND HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN HIS SCHOOL'S TEAM. CAMPING AND SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS IS FUN FOR THIS TEEN. LIKE MOST BOYS HIS AGE, GABE LIKES TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES. IN THE EIGHTH GRADE, HE TAKES PRIDE IN HIS GOOD GRADES. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL , HE PLANS TO JOIN THE MILITARY. GABE ENCOURAGES HIS YOUNGER BROTHER TO DO WELL AND LEADS BY EXAMPLE THE KING OF PUZZLES AND THE PRINCE OF LEGOS IS AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ALEX! HE ALSO LIKES TO PLAY WITH HIS ARMY MEN AND ACTION FIGURES. LIKE HIS BROTHER, HE ENJOYS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES AND PLAYING OUTSIDE. FULL OF ENERGY, THIS CREATIVE KIDDO LOVES TO DRAW AND WATCH CARTOONS. IN THE THIRD GRADE, THRIVES ON CONSISTENCY AND A SET ROUTINE. HE ADMIRES HIS BROTHER AND STRIVES TO BE A GOOD SIBLING. WHEN HE GROWS UP, HE WOULD LIKE TO BE A GRAPHIC ARTIST OR AND ARCHITECT. ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THEIR CASEWORKER. WE ONLY ACCEPT INQUIRIES ON THE SIBLING PAIR, WHO WILL BE PLACED TOGETHER. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION- RELATED SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALEX OR GABE OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 

 

 

SERENITY

NAME:  SERENITY

CHILD ID: 7676

BIRTHDAY: 3/16/03

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 5TH

SPECIAL INTERESTS: SINGING, DANCING, JUMPING ROPE AND COLORING

ETHNICITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN/BLACK

 

PROFILE:  

SERENITY IS A BORN "PERFORMER" WHO ENJOYS SINGING AND DANCING. THIS BUDDING STAR LOVES TO PERFORM AND WILL SHINE AT ANY SOCIAL EVENT. JUMPING ROPE, PLAYING GAMES, COLORING AND COOKING ARE HER HOBBIES.  SERENITY CURRENTLY WANTS TO BE A BAKER WHEN SHE GROWS UP. WHEN NOT ON THE GO, THIS GIRL LIKES WATCHING TV, AND ESPECIALLY ENJOYS THE DISNEY CHANNEL AND NICKELODEON. READING AND WRITING ARE OTHER FAVORITE ACTIVITIES AND SHE CAN OFTEN BE FOUND CHECKING OUT NEW BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY. THIS LITTLE GIRL IS CURIOUS AND ARTICULATE AND APPEARS TO HAVE A GIFT FOR LANGUAGES. SERENITY IS AN AFFECTIONATE CHILD WHO LOVES TO GIVE AND RECEIVE HUGS. IN THE FIFTH GRADE, SERENITY READS AND WRITES WELL ABOVE GRADE LEVEL. SHE IS AN EAGER LEARNER. HER CASEWORKER PREFERS A TWO-PARENT OR SINGLE-FEMALE HOME WHERE SERENITY CAN BE THE YOUNGEST OR ONLY CHILD; HOWEVER, ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED. IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE WILL DO BEST IN A LOVING AND KIND ENVIRONMENT WITH STRUCTURE. A FAMILY WILLING TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH IS SOUGHT. A PET-FREE HOME WOULD BE BEST, DUE TO ALLERGIES. SERENITY WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH HER SISTERS AND AUNT. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES. 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SERENITY OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT 

 

WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

ASHLEY

NAME: ASHLEY

CHILD ID: 9786

BIRTHDAY: 4/1996

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 11TH

SPECIAL INTERESTS: CHEERLEADING, WRITING AND HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS

ETHNICITY: CAUCASIAN/WHITE

 

PROFILE:  

MEET ASHLEY, A BUBBLY GIRL WHO HAS NEVER MET A STRANGER! FRIENDS WHO KNOW THIS TEEN BEST SAY THAT SHE IS VERY LOYAL TO THOSE SHE CARES FOR. SHE DESCRIBES HERSELF AS "BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, CARING AND HELPFUL". ASHLEY IS VERY KINDHEARTED AND LOVES ANIMALS. CHEERLEADING AND BEING WITH FRIENDS ARE WHERE YOU WILL FIND HER. SHE LOVES TO READ AND JOURNAL, AND ENJOYS LISTENING TO MUSIC. HER SWEET DISPOSITION AND GLOWING SMILE ALWAYS LIGHT UP A ROOM. IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE, THIS YOUNG WOMAN FINDS SCHOOL BOTH CHALLENGING AND REWARDING AT THE SAME TIME. ASHLEY'S CURRENT CAREGIVER SAYS SHE IS GREAT ABOUT FOLLOWING HOUSE RULES AND SHE GETS ALONG WITH FRIENDS AT SCHOOL JUST AS WELL. RECENTLY, ASHLEY HAS BECOME MORE INTERESTED IN WRITING.  THIS TEEN DESIRES TO FURTHER HER EDUCATION BY GOING TO COLLEGE AND HOPES TO BECOME A VETERINARIAN WHEN SHE GROWS UP. THE CASEWORKER PREFERS EITHER A SINGLE-FEMALE OR TWO- PARENT FAMILY WHERE ASHLEY CAN BE THE YOUNGEST, OR ONLY CHILD; HOWEVER, ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED. A GREAT MATCH FOR ASHLEY WOULD BE ONE THAT COULD HELP GUIDE HER THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND INTO ADULTHOOD. SHE WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF A COMMITTED FAMILY. ASHLEY HAS SIBLINGS  AND EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBERS WITH WHOM SHE HOPES TO REMAIN IN CONTACT. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION RELATED SERVICES.

 

 

 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ASHLEY OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 

DEMITRI

NAME:  DEMITRI

CHILD ID: 10703

BIRTHDAY: 4/1998

SPECIAL INTERESTS: VIDEO GAMES AND LEGOS

ETHNICITY: MULTIRACIAL

 

PROFILE:  

DEMITRI IS READY TO BE A PART OF A FAMILY! THIS HAPPY YOUNG MAN ALWAYS HAS A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. DESCRIBED AS WELL MANNERED, FRIENDLY AND OUTGOING, IT'S NO WONDER THAT HE GETS ALONG WITH ADULTS AND PEERS A LIKE. HE IS KNOWN TO HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND LOVES TO CHAT. DEMITRI IS VERY CREATIVE AND ENJOYS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES AND BUILDING WITH LEGOS. DEMITRI IS IN THE TENTH GRADE AND HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT IS SCIENCE. THE CASEWORKER WILL CONSIDER ALL FAMILY TYPES. THE IDEAL FAMILY FOR DEMITRI WOULD HAVE PATIENCE AND THE ABILITY TO ADVOCATE FOR HIS EDUCATIONAL NEEDS.  FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMITRI OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 

  SARAH

NAME: SARAH

CHILD ID: 10630

BIRTHDAY: 1/2000

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 8th

SPECIAL INTERESTS: DRAWING, PAINTING, WRITING STORIES. 

 

ETHNICITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN

 

PROFILE:  

ARTISTIC AND FUNNY, SARAH IS A GIRL WHO ENJOYS MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH! THIS TALENTED ARTIST LOVES TO DRAW, PAINT AND WRITE STORIES. ANOTHER WAY SHE EXPRESSES HER CREATIVITY IS THROUGH COOKING; "SNICKER SALAD" IS ONE OF HER ORIGINAL RECIPES. SHE HAS STATED THAT SHE HOPES TO GO TO CULINARY SCHOOL WHEN SHE GROWS UP. SARAH LIKES BEING TREATED TO NICE THINGS LIKE GOING OUT TO EAT, GETTING HER NAILS DONE AND GETTING HER HAIR DONE. SHE ALSO ENJOYS ANIMALS AND WANTS TO HAVE A PET SOMEDAY.  IN THE EIGHT GRADE, SARAH IS A GOOD STUDENT AND HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS ARE SCIENCE AND HISTORY. SARAH WOULD THRIVE IN A HIGHLY STRUCTURED, CONSISTENT AND STABLE ENVIRONMENT. SHE HAS STATED THAT SHE WANTS A FAMILY THAT VALUES TRADITION, IS ABLE TO LOVE HER UNCONDITIONALLY, AND FOSTERS CREATIVITY. SHE WOULD DO BEST IN A HOME WITH OLDER CHILDREN; HOWEVER, ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SARAH OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

MARKAYLA

NAME:  MARKAYLA

CHILD ID: 8857

BIRTHDAY: 8/99

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 7th

SPECIAL INTERESTS: JOURNALISM, DRAWING, WRITING, MUSIC AND FASHION

ETHNICITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN

 

PROFILE:  

MARKAYLA IS AN ACTIVE GIRL WITH A MEGA-WATT SMILE AND SPARKING EYES. THOUGH SHY AT TIMES, SHE KNOWS WHEN TO OPEN UP! LISTENING TO MUSIC, DRAWING AND JOURNALING ARE FAVORITE ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YOUNG TEEN. WITH HOPES OF BREAKING INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY SOMEDAY, MARKAYLA IS INTERESTED IN ALL THINGS FASHION AND TAKES PRIDE IN HER APPEARANCE. IN THE SEVENTH GRADE, SHE MOST ENJOYS WRITING AND ART. THE CASEWORKER PREFERS A FAMILY THAT IS CONSISTENT AND STRUCTURED WHERE MARKAYLA CAN BE THE YOUNGEST OR ONLY CHILD; HOWEVER, ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED. MARKAYLA WOULD LIKE TO BE ADOPTED BY A FAMILY THAT WILL ALLOW HER TO HAVE ONGOING CONTACT WITH BIOLOGICAL FAMILY MEMBERS. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARKAYLA OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 

 

ROBERT

NAME:  ROBERT

CHILD ID: 10262

BIRTHDAY: 7/6/2001

GRADE IN SCHOOL:  5TH

SPECIAL INTERESTS: BUILDING WITH LEGOS, READING CHAPTER BOOKS, LAUGHING AND JOKING.

ETHNICITY: CAUCASIAN

 

PROFILE:

KNOCK KNOCK, WHO'S THERE? IT'S ROBERT! THIS JOKESTER HAS A WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR WITH A GREAT SMILE. WHEN HE'S NOT MAKING YOU LAUGH, THIS KIDDO LOVES TO BUILD WITH LEGOS, PLAY THE GUITAR AND READ CHAPTER BOOKS. PLAYING OUTSIDE IS ALSO A TREASURED ACTIVITY. HE ALSO ENJOYS ANIMALS AND LIKES TO HELP OTHERS. HE IS CHRISTIAN BY FAITH. ROBERT IS IN THE FIFTH GRADE AND INTERACTS WELL WITH HIS TEACHERS. ROBERT'S CASEWORKER WOULD PREFER A TWO-PARENT FAMILY WITH A STRONG FATHER; HOWEVER, ALL FAMILY TYPES WILL BE CONSIDERED. TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED PARENTS ARE NEEDED. HE HAS SIBLINGS WITH WHOM HE MAY NEED TO RESUME CONTACT. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROBERT OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG

 

 




NAME: LYDIA

CHILD ID: 8881

BIRTHDAY: 12/12/1997

GRADE IN SCHOOL: 9TH

SPECIAL INTERESTS: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, DOGS AND HORSES

ETHNICITY: CAUCASIAN/WHITE


 

PROFILE:

DO YOU LOVE THE OUTDOORS? ARE YOU AN ANIMAL PERSON? THEN LYDIA MIGHT BE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY! SHE ENJOYS BEING OUTSIDE AND LOVES GOING FOR WALKS AND PLAYING SPORTS, ESPECIALLY BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL. ANOTHER LOVED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IS SKATEBOARDING. WHEN SHE IS INDOORS, SHE CAN BE FOUND LISTENING TO MUSIC, SHE IS A FAN OF NICKELBACK. LYDIA HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME AROUND ANIMALS AND PARTICULARLY LOVES DOGS AND HORSES. HER FAVORITE FOOD IS KRAFT MACARONI AND CHEESE AND HER TWO FAVORITE COLORS ARE BLACK AND PURPLE. PET PEEVES INCLUDE LOUD VOICES.
AS A NINTH GRADER, LYDIA LIKES SCHOOL AND BUILDS POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH HER TEACHERS. THE CASEWORKER PREFERS A TWO-PARENT OR SINGLE-MOTHER FAMILY WITH FEMALE SIBLINGS; HOWEVER, ALL TYPES OF FAMILIES WILL BE CONSIDERED. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION-RELATED SERVICES.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT LYDIA OR IF YOU HAVE GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION, CONTACT THE ADOPTION EXCHANGE AT 800-554-2222 OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT WWW.ADOPTEX.ORG


 

 



7,000 Foster Children Now Living with their Forever Families


What is a child’s life like without a forever family? The question is almost too hard to ask because it tells you that there are children in foster care who know the answer to a question no child should be able to answer. More than 100,000 foster children nationally and more than 1,843 foster children in Missouri are waiting to be adopted. The Adoption Exchange Missouri office helped more than 105 children find homes last year (FY 2011-2012) and believes that all children deserve to grow up in safe and permanent families they can call their own. Today The Adoption Exchange is thrilled to announce they have reached a new milestone and connected more than 7,000 children across the nation with their forever families!

Nearly 30 years ago Founder and President Emerita Dr. Dixie van de Flier Davis plugged in that first phone and started letting people know that children were waiting for homes.

“Once the phone was connected, it never stopped ringing. We realized that people in the community cared, once they knew about the children. At that time we were hoping to place around 30 children a year. Now we connect children and families at a rate of more than one child per day,” said Davis.

Dr. Kate Trujillo, the Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange says, “We work with foster children. Many of the children are school-age or teenagers, and some have physical and mental challenges. But when parents make that connection and the promise of forever to a waiting child, it changes all of their lives. We, at The Adoption Exchange, want to be there to help families on their adoption journey from the time when they start thinking about adopting throughout the lifelong adoption experience.”

Davis remembers one family who had their heart set on adopting a healthy baby boy, “Janice and Bruce were looking to adopt a healthy little boy to raise along with their birth son. We took a bit of a chance and showed them a video of Debbie – who was a little girl that was not at all healthy. She had missed most developmental milestones and wasn’t walking or talking. But something about her shy smile caught their attention, and before long Debbie was a full-fledged member of the family. I think her very active brother was exactly what she needed to motivate her. Janice called me late one evening to celebrate when Debbie took her first steps. And when Debbie turned 21, her mom said she could not imagine life in their family without Debbie. Despite her developmental disabilities, Debbie was a teacher to all of us.”

Trujillo is excited about new post adoptive programs that will be launched this fall. One pilot program in Colorado includes classes where families work with horses to help them forge the strong bonds needed to build a strong family.

“There is nothing more precious in our lives than family and knowing that we have someone to share our joy and pain. To have someone who cares about you and will be there to love you for the rest of your life. Adoption is a beautiful way to build a family.” said Trujillo.

The Adoption Exchange was founded in Colorado in 1983 by concerned social workers and child advocates who recognized the need to find adoptive families for children not living with their birth families. The organization has grown considerably over the years and now impacts national trends in child welfare, while helping to connect children with adoptive families in eight member states. The Adoption Exchange provides training and knowledge to permanency planning professionals and foster and adoptive families and serves all fifty states and U.S. tribes and territories. For more information about the programs and services of The Adoption Exchange, go to www.adoptex.org or call 1-800-554-2222.

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