July 26, 2022
When Theresa’s nephew Travis was removed from his home and placed in foster care, Theresa connected with Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) to discuss the adoption process. As an adoptee herself, Theresa remembered the traumas associated with her adoption, and she vowed to find and give Travis the support that was missing from her experience.
When Theresa was adopted, she felt like she didn’t have anyone in her life who was supportive of her identity and the struggles that she faced. As a teenager, she left her adoptive parents to stay with relatives – a decision she would regret.
On her adoption journey with Travis, Theresa is committed to not making the same mistakes she experienced as a young person. She ensures that Travis feels supported and understood and does not have to face challenges alone. In partnership with their Families Forever program specialist, Theresa and Travis are working through feelings of loss, rejection, guilt, grief, identity, and control. In addition to beginning to work through the trauma of her adoption, Theresa is understanding and identifying ways she can support Travis through his adoption experience.
Families formed through adoption and guardianship face unique and unexpected challenges. But with access to one-on-one mentoring and peer support, Theresa is confident she can overcome the challenges facing her family.
The Families Forever program helps families formed through adoption or guardianship access the tools, resources, and strategies they need to adjust to their new home life and deepen their bond as a family.
We are pleased to be a funding partner for the important adoption and guardianship support that NCHS provides across Nebraska. For more information, call 402.451.0787 or visit https://nchs.org/families-forever/.