Welcome to AASK (Adopt A Special Kid) in California

AASK helps you to develop a life-long relationship with a child who needs your love and care. Since 1973, AASK has found that every child is adoptable and has a right to a permanent, loving family. We ask you to further open your heart to a child who has experienced a trauma or is living with a disability. Your family will be deeply enriched! If you have already adopted or fostered a child, AASK offers support programs to help nurture your family and build community.

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Calendar of Events

Crisis Intervention Workshop This Friday Evening!
Adopt A Special Kid will present a workshop for all families and professionals: Crisis Intervention in Working With Youth, with Jodi Maspaitella of H.E.L.P. This workshop will be held this Friday, April 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at … Continue reading

Special 40th Anniversary Edition Newsletter!
Click here to enjoy our Fall 2013 newsletter, Special 40th Anniversary Edition!  

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration Surpassed Our Wildest Dreams!!
Our 40th Anniversary Celebration on November 1st at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square surpassed our wildest dreams! What an exciting and successful event! To kick off the evening, as well as National Adoption Month, AASK received two Resolutions … Continue reading

Interested in Becoming a Board Member?
Would you like to change the lives of children in foster care in California? Adopt A Special Kid is looking for people interested in being on the Board of Directors. If you’re interested, continue reading for more information and contact … Continue reading

AASK Recertified by Human Rights Campaign!
We are proud to say that, in 2013, AASK was one of the first agencies in the nation to be recertified by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation! In 2011 AASK was one of the first to be awarded the All … Continue reading

2014 DeBolt Scholarship Application Now Available!
If you were adopted after being in California foster care and are continuing your education, like our previous scholarship recipient shown here, Sharray Morales-Washington, you have a chance to win $2,000 or more! The application for the 2014 Dorothy and … Continue reading

Let Love Define Family!
Adopt A Special Kid and Raise A Child have joined together to find families interested in becoming adoptive parents. Take a few moments to read this story: here’s a great example of what happens in a loving family when two children … Continue reading

You Can Help! Encourage Congress!
Adopt a Special Kid needs your help in encouraging Congress to pass the Adoption Incentive Program Reauthorization. Please forward to friends and family so we can get this passed! You can write or call your U.S. Senator (find them here) and … Continue reading

Attachment Parenting, Part II to take place at AASK Office
We are looking forward to Adopt A Special Kid social worker Devon Rubin’s presentation, “Attachment Parenting, Part II” on Tuesday March 18, which will take place at the AASK office from 10am to noon. On Tuesday morning, February 11th,  Devon presented … Continue reading

Help Save the Adoption Tax Credit!
ALERT – BREAKING NEWS Last Wednesday, February 26, David Camp, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, released his much anticipated  tax reform proposal and it proposes eliminating the adoption tax credit. This news makes our advocacy efforts that much … Continue reading

Congratulations to the Salcedo-Fernandez family!
Last year Karen and Luz  brought four children into their family – all siblings. Yesterday their adoption was finalized, and AASK staff members were delighted to join the family in celebrating this special occasion. We are so happy for them … Continue reading

Enjoy This Success Story!
Every week, in five cities across the country, “Wednesday’s Child” features children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted, and success stories of families who have adopted from foster care. Hosted by local news anchors, the television segments … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Our Chili Cook-Off!
Please join us for a sizzling hot time on Saturday April 26th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: The 12th Annual SF Bay Chili Cook-Off for AASK! Come to a fun family event with kid friendly activities! Create and bring … Continue reading

Celebrating Our Social Workers!
Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Here at Adopt A Special Kid we … Continue reading

Thank you, Give Something Back!
This week three representatives visited our office to inform us that, our neighbor, Give Something Back was making a donation to Adopt A Special Kid of over $3,700. Give Something Back is celebrating 23 years of giving back to their … Continue reading

AASK joins the Emeryville Chamber of Commerce
Pictured here is Joe Engle, Adopt A Special Kid’s new Development Manager and Doni DeBolt Adopt A Special Kid’s Executive Director accepting a new member plaque from Bob Canter, President & CEO of Emeryville Chamber of Commerce.  AASK – Adopt … Continue reading

Clipped Wings Volunteers Help AASK Soar
Pictured here are four volunteers from the Oakland Chapter of the United Airlines Clipped Wings whose work saved AASK at least 8 hours’ worth of paid time sorting through 1,000′s of raffle ticket stubs from one of our previous events.  Thank … Continue reading

Diversity Chief at Walgreens Tells His Inspiring Story!
    “Life,” says Steve Pemberton, “is about what you overcome, what you build.” Pemberton, author of “A Chance in the World” talks about his beginnings as an orphan and his rise from a fractured past. Now the diversity chief … Continue reading

Camp ALWAYS registration is now open!
The thirteenth season of our award-winning adoptive family camp will be held on June 23rd-27th, 2014 at Mt. Cross in Ben Lomond, California. To be eligible to attend Camp ALWAYS, you must have at least one child (age 0-21) in … Continue reading

Please Vote One More Time for Camp ALWAYS!
    Adopt A Special Kid so appreciates everyone who voted for Camp ALWAYS, our adoptive family camp, for the 2014 Parents’ Press Best Health & Special Needs Summer Camp award.  Thanks to all of your write-in nominees, Camp ALWAYS … Continue reading

AASK is a $50,000 John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Grantee!
This $50,000 grant will allow AASK to provide parent training in the mid-peninsula, specifically in San Carlos and San Mateo Counties. Thank you Goldman Foundation for believing in our mission!