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

AASK’s and Lilliput Children’s Services’ Partnership Announcement!
Thank you for being such a strong supporter of AASK – Adopt A Special Kid. We have some important changes coming up for our agency and our programs that I’d like to share with you. Our founders, Robert and Dorothy … Continue reading

November is National Adoption Month
Learn about the history of National Adoption Month on the Children’s Bureau website, the focus of this year’s initiative, and how the Children’s Bureau supports adoption. Read the National and State proclamations of November as National Adoption Month.

UN honors AASK’s Executive Director and One of Its Founders
UN Day Celebration 2014 On Friday October 24th, the United Nations Celebrated its 69th Anniversary. At the San Diego celebration, Executive Director of AASK – Adopt A Special Kid, Doni DeBolt received the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for … Continue reading

Our Award-Winning Adoptive Family Camp Wins Another Award!
What a wonderful week both staff and adoptive families had in June, enjoying nature, fun, and learning while attending the thirteenth season of Camp ALWAYS. We returned to find out that, for the second year in a row, Camp ALWAYS … Continue reading

10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting from Foster Care
Read the BlogHer.com article to learn 10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting from Foster Care. Then click here to learn how AASK-Adopt A Special Kid helps with the process of adopting from foster care.  

The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew
The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew [Audio File and Transcript] Author(s): Headlee, Celeste.;Burnette, Michelle.;Cecka, Dale Margolin. Published: 2013 Abstract: This 30-minute audio recording features Michelle Burnett, a foster mother that has foster more than 40 children over … Continue reading

Factsheets from the NCTSN Childhood Traumatic Grief Committee
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Childhood Traumatic Grief Committee developed the following three factsheets (links below will provide you the factsheet for each subject):     Helping Military Children Grieve: Tip Sheet for Educators offers tips for supporting … Continue reading

Resources to Help Youth Who Are or Were in Foster Care
Two federal agencies have developed new resources designed to help children and youth who are or were in foster care:   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released action letters for child welfare caseworkers to send to credit bureaus if they find … Continue reading

Spring 2014 Newsletter!
    The cover page article, “The Promise of A Future”  features two of our new and recent DeBolt Scholarship recipients. This edition also includes a list of our parent trainings, tells about our exciting and successful events, and lots … 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

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

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

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

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